Don’t Forget to Take the Oath!

Congratulations to all recently elected school board members! We look forward to working with you. Before commencing board duties in January, board members elected to full-term seats must remember a critical step: taking the oath of office and completing the corresponding oath form. This is true even for those who are re-elected to a new board term.

Both the Michigan Constitution and Michigan election laws require board members to take and subscribe to an oath of office before performing the duties of their office. Thrun election clients received the oath and accompanying instructions in an October letter outlining post-election procedures. The language of the oath and the form to be filed can also be found on the Secretary of State’s website:

https://www.michigan.gov/sos//media/Project/Websites/sos/01holland/Accpt_of_Off_New.pdf?rev=3b771eb46c754d399974e35323769566

Though elected board members should have already filed their “Acceptance of Office,” taking and filing the oath form is an equally important step for holding office. Failing to do so creates an immediate vacancy, requiring the board to appoint a replacement within 30 days.