(1) Members of the school board of a Class II school district shall be elected at the statewide general election. The school board of a Class II school district shall have no fewer than five members and no more than nine members as provided in section 79-550. The number of members to be elected at the statewide general election and the terms for which they will be elected shall be determined by the election commissioner or county clerk with the aid of the secretary of the school board. Terms shall be staggered so that approximately one-half of the members are elected to each board at each general election for terms of four years. When it becomes necessary to establish the staggering of terms by electing at-large members for terms of different duration at the same election, candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected for the longest terms. When a Class II school district is created by a Class I school district which determines by a majority vote to establish a high school pursuant to section 79-406, the school board shall be elected at the next statewide general election and approximately one-half of the members receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected for terms of four years, and the members receiving the next highest number of votes shall be elected for terms of two years.
(2) Each member's term of office shall begin on the date of the first regular meeting of the board in January following the statewide general election at which he or she is elected and, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall continue for four years or until the member's successor is elected and qualified. The school board members of a Class II school district shall meet the qualifications found in section 79-543.