Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 250 of the acts of 1883 is hereby amended by striking out section 22 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 22. The school committee of the city of Northampton shall consist of the mayor of said city, ex officio, and nine other persons, inhabitants thereof, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city. One member of the school committee shall be elected by and from the qualified voters of each of the seven wards of the city and shall, at the time of election, be a resident of the ward in which elected. Members representing a ward shall be elected for a term of four years. Two members shall be elected by and from all the qualified voters of said city, and shall be known as school committee members-at-large. Members-at-large shall be elected for a term of two years.
The members of the school committee shall be elected so that their terms shall be staggered, with the four members of said committee representing wards one, three, five, and seven and the three members of said committee representing wards two, four, and six, elected at alternate biennial municipal elections. The two members-at-large shall be elected at each biennial municipal election.
The mayor shall be chairman and have the same right to vote as an elected member of the school committee, but the committee may elect from its own number a vice-chairman who shall preside in the absence of the mayor. The school committee shall annually appoint a secretary who shall be under the direction and control of said committee and may annually appoint, but not from its own number, a superintendent of schools, and shall fix the compensation of such secretary and superintendent. The school committee may remove, for sufficient cause, such secretary or superintendent. Any vacancy occurring in the committee shall be filled as follows: (1) if the vacancy is for a ward seat and more than two years of the term remain at the time of the vacancy, then a special election shall be held in that ward to fill the seat; (2) if the vacancy is for a ward seat and less than two years of the term remain at the time of vacancy or if the vacancy is for an at large seat, the vacancy shall be filled by the joint ballot of the city council and school committee in convention at any time. A member so elected shall hold office for the unexpired term of the member who has ceased to hold office. Members of the school committee may be compensated by a majority vote of the city council.
SECTION 2. Section three of chapter two hundred and sixty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-seven is hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This act shall be submitted to the voters of the city of Northampton at the next regular municipal election to be held in said city in the form of the following question, which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used for the election of city officers at said election: "Shall An Act passed by the general court in the year nineteen hundred and ninety-one, entitled 'An Act providing for the election of school committee members in the city of Northampton', be accepted " If a majority of the votes cast in answer to said question is in the affirmative, then this act shall take effect at the next election held in said city, but not otherwise.