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Regional Boards
Regional Boards
Alabama : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Alaska : K-12 Governance Structures There are 19 regional school boards. Members of regional school boards are elected.
Arizona : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Arkansas : K-12 Governance Structures There are 15 education service cooperative boards. Members of education service cooperative boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
California : K-12 Governance Structures There are 58 county boards of education. Members of county boards of education are elected. However, members of the Los Angeles County Board of Education are appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Colorado : K-12 Governance Structures There are 22 boards of cooperative educational services. Members of boards of cooperative educational services are appointed by participating local school boards and postsecondary institutions.
Connecticut : K-12 Governance Structures There are 6 regional educational service center boards. Members of regional school boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
Delaware : K-12 Governance Structures There are 3 vocational school district boards. Members of vocational school district boards are appointed by the governor.
Florida : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Georgia : K-12 Governance Structures There are 16 regional education service agency boards. Members of regional education service agency boards include the school superintendent of each member school system, the president or highest administrator of each member postsecondary institution and a local public or regional library director appointed by the director of the Office of Public Library Services of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Hawaii : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Idaho : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Illinois : K-12 Governance Structures There are 45 regional boards of trustees, but there is not one for the Chicago public schools. Members of regional boards of trustees are elected.
Indiana : K-12 Governance Structures There are 9 education service center boards. Members of education service center boards are appointed by superintendents from participating school corporations or their designees.
Iowa : K-12 Governance Structures There are 15 area education agency boards of directors. Members of area education agency boards of directors are elected.
Kansas : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Kentucky : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Louisiana : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Maine : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Maryland : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Massachusetts : K-12 Governance Structures There are 85 regional school committees. Members of regional school committees are either appointed by local boards of selectman or elected to represent a specific town.
Michigan : K-12 Governance Structures There are 57 intermediate school boards. Members of intermediate school boards are elected.
Minnesota : K-12 Governance Structures There are 9 regional cooperative service center boards and 3 intermediate school boards. Members of regional cooperative service center boards and intermediate school boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
Mississippi : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Missouri : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Montana : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Nebraska : K-12 Governance Structures There are 18 educational service unit boards. Members of educational service unit boards are elected.
Nevada : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
New Hampshire : K-12 Governance Structures There are 80 school administrative units. 45 of the 80 serve a single school district, and are governed by the school district’s local school board. 35 of the 80 serve multiple school districts, and are governed by a school administrative unit board. Members of school administrative unit boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
New Jersey : K-12 Governance Structures There are 10 educational services commission boards and 1 educational improvement center board. Members of educational services commission boards are elected by the local school boards who are members of the educational services commission. Members of educational improvement center boards are appointed.
New Mexico : K-12 Governance Structures There are 10 regional education cooperative boards. Regional education cooperative boards are composed of the superintendents or chief administrative officers of each participating local school district or state-supported educational institution.
New York : K-12 Governance Structures There are 38 boards of cooperative educational services. Members of boards of cooperative educational services are elected by participating local school boards.
North Carolina : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
North Dakota : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Ohio : K-12 Governance Structures There are 60 (59 eff. 2006) educational service center boards. Members of educational service center boards are elected.
Oklahoma : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Oregon : K-12 Governance Structures There are 20 education service district boards. Members of education service district boards are elected.
Pennsylvania : K-12 Governance Structures There are 29 intermediate boards of directors. Members of intermediate boards of directors are appointed by participating local school boards.
Rhode Island : K-12 Governance Structures There are 4 regional school boards. Regional school board members are elected.
South Carolina : K-12 Governance Structures There are 5 county school boards. 6 of the 7 members of county school boards are appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the senator and at least one half of the members of the house of representatives from the county. In those counties in which the county superintendent is elected, county superintendents are an ex-offico, and the seventh, member of county boards. In counties in which the county superintendent is not elected, the seventh member of county boards is appointed in the same manner as the other six members.
South Dakota : K-12 Governance Structures There are 18 cooperative educational service unit/mutli-district boards. Members of cooperative educational service unit/multi-district boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
Tennessee : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Texas : K-12 Governance Structures There are 20 regional education service center boards and there are 2 county school boards. Members of regional education service center boards are elected by local school board members within the region. Members of county school boards are elected.
Utah : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Vermont : K-12 Governance Structures There are 60 supervisory union boards. Members of supervisory union boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
Virginia : K-12 Governance Structures There are no regional boards.
Washington : K-12 Governance Structures There are 9 educational service district boards. Members of educational service district boards are appointed by local school board members in the educational service district.
West Virginia : K-12 Governance Structures There are 8 regional educational service agency boards. Each regional educational service agency board consists of a county school board member, the superintendent of that county and a state department of education representative. Participating county school boards elect the county school board member, which then determines the county superintendent representative. The state superintendent appoints a state department of education representative.
Wisconsin : K-12 Governance Structures There are 12 cooperative educational service agency boards. Members of cooperative educational service agency boards are appointed by participating local school boards.
Wyoming : K-12 Governance Structures There are 12 boards of cooperative educational services. Members of board of cooperative educational services are appointed by participating local school boards.


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