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Policy BBB : Board Members: Election & Redistricting (PDF)

Issue Date August 18, 2021

Citations Updated: August 23, 2023


The term of office for an elected member shall be four years, except as required because of reapportionment as set forth below, and begins on the first Monday in January following the election.

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-203(2)(2022)


An individual may become a candidate for election to the Board as by filing a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk during the period beginning at 8:00 a.m. on January 2 of the year in which the next regular general election is held (or if January 2 is not a business day, the first business day after January 2) and ending at 5 p.m. on the fourth business day after the day on which the period begins and paying the fee described in Utah Code Ann. § 20A-9-202 .

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-203(1)(2022)

Utah Code § 20A-9-201.5 (2024)


No more than three (3) members may be elected to the board in any election year unless otherwise required as a consequence of redistricting, as set forth below, or to fill a vacancy by election under Policy BBC.

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-202(1)(h)(2022)

Redistricting Does Not Cut Short Board Member Terms

Redistricting does not affect the right of any school board member to complete the term for which the member was elected.

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-140201(5) (2022)

Representation of School Board Districts After Redistricting

1.         If after redistricting only one board member whose term extends beyond redistricting lives within a local school board district, that board member shall represent that school board district.

2.         If after redistricting two or more members whose terms extend beyond redistricting live within a local school board district, the members shall select one member by lot to represent that school board district.

a.         The other members shall serve at-large for the remainder of their terms.

b.         Notwithstanding the number of board members otherwise established by law, the at-large board members shall serve in addition to the designated   number of board members for the board in question for the remainder of        their terms.

3.         If after redistricting there is no board member living within a local school board district whose term extends beyond redistricting, the seat for that school board district shall be treated as vacant and filled as provided in policy BBC.

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-201(6) (2022)

Adjustment of Term Lengths Because of Redistricting

If, before an election affected by redistricting, the county or municipal legislative body that conducted the redistricting determines that one or more members must be elected to terms of two years to meet this part’s requirements for staggered terms, the legislative body shall determine by lot which of the redistricted local school board districts will elect members to two-year terms and which will elect members to four-year terms.  All subsequent elections are for four-year terms.

Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-201(7) (2022)