Rochester is the only district in the state to use an at-large election system where candidates can choose which seat to file for — regardless of where they live. The vast majority of school districts have at-large elections in which all the candidates compete against each other, and those with the most votes win seats on the board. A few district have ward-based seats and others have a mix of both at-large and ward-based.
In a statement, Liebling said she has heard concerns about Rochester's unique school board election process.
"I've heard from the public that our system for electing school board members might not be serving Rochester as well as it can, there are options to consider," Liebling said.
The town hall meeting runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 in the Rochester Public Library Auditorium. The agenda will include discussing the current school board election process, whether there is a need for change and the pros and cons of potential changes.
For more information about this issue, check out this story I wrote in August.