The Hillsboro School Board wants the public’s input on removing the residency requirement that stipulates board members must live in a specific area to serve on the board.

Board members approved the first reading of a policy May 13 that would eliminate geographic areas tied to candidates and allow the board to be filled by five at-large members.

Superintendent Paula Suda said she wanted the community to have time to reflect on the change and provide feedback before the board finalized the policy change in June.

School board members unanimously approved the first reading of the policy May 13 but questioned how some residents – especially farmers – might view the change.

Mary Mattson, who represents the City of Hillsboro along with Paul Kozojed on the board, said the board could end up with five representatives living in the city under the plan.

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