There are seven members of the Board of Education who are elected to serve 4-year terms. One candidate is elected from each of the six districts and one at-large. Candidates are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Voters in each district vote for candidates from all districts and for the at-large candidate. The Superintendent is appointed by the Board and serves as secretary to the Board.
Each board member must fulfill the legal requirement to receive a minimum of 12 hours of training annually. All board members must receive a minimum of two hours of ethics education within 12 months after initial election or appointment to office and again within 12 months after each subsequent election or appointment to office. This education must address the laws and principles that govern conflicts of interest and ethical standards for local government officials. The superintendent shall maintain records verifying that each board member has participated in the required ethics education. The ethics education required under this paragraph may be counted towards the annual 12-hour training requirement. Unless otherwise approved by the board, such training must be provided by the following entities: the school system, the North Carolina School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, the School of Government or the Department of Public Instruction. If a board member wishes to receive training credit or be reimbursed for attending training offered by another entity, he or she must obtain approval from the board. Funds for participation will be budgeted annually, and reimbursement for expenses will be made in accordance with law and applicable board policy.