Some people think a five-year board of education term is too long.
Residents in the Watertown City School District will vote next month on a proposition to shorten terms on the school board from five years to three.
Current board President Beth Linderman says shorter terms might improve participation.
"I think we would potentially broaden the pool of people who would consider it, by making it a three-year term instead of five," she said.
District voters will decide the matter on May 16, the same day they vote on the school budget and for a new school board member.
If the terms are shortened, they would take effect for board members elected in 2018 and beyond.