New Hanover CountyNew Hanover has five County Commissioners, elected for four year terms at staggered two year intervals, and seven members of the School Board, also elected for four year terms at staggered intervals. No African Americans sit on either body, although at 15% of the population, they arguably deserve a representative at county level, and definitely one on the school board. New Hanover County School Board was censured in 2003 for failing minority students. The school district has the second highest achievement gap between black and white students in the region. Cities and towns within New Hanover County elect councilmen and alderman at large, again at staggered intervals. The only city with a significant minority population, Wilmington, with 22% of its population African American ñ uses this system to elect five Council Members and a Mayor. Currently, there is only one African American Council Member.