The Sheridan School District Board of Education has approved a new election model, according to the Sheridan Headlight newspaper.

The new model calls for the creation of five zones, as well as the election of two at-large positions. Previously, all seven board positions were elected at-large.

The newspaper reported that two of the new districts will be majority East End while the other three will be Grant County based zones anchored by the City of Sheridan.

The change was necessary because of a new state law that requires districts with over 10-perent minority population to conduct elections with a zone-based model rather than completely at-large districts.

Once elections are held, board members will draw lots to determine the length of their terms with no more than two seats up for reelection each year.