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Ask OSBA - Frequently Asked Questions

OSBA staff answers some common (and not so common) questions about board governance, board members' roles and responsibilities, good practices, running board meetings and board conflict. Don't see the answer to your question? Ask OSBA!

Dear members:

Your OSBA Team is dedicated to assisting you by responding to all of your questions. Additionally, we are committed to providing you with the best possible information, tools, and practices in a timely manner. There are times when we must research, or consult with other OSBA staff members to provide an answer to your questions. In these circumstances, we ask for your patience as the normal response time could potentially be delayed. Please expect an initial response, by phone or email, within 24-48 hours of submitting your question, and be aware that additional follow-up could take more time. If your question is time sensitive, please be sure to specify your deadlines in your initial request.

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Questions in date order

July Board Meeting Requirements - 2/28/17

What are the rules for making up snow days? - 1/13/17

If our board is having a holiday party, is that considered a meeting and do we need to notice it? - 12/19/16

Can my school district use online fundraising sites such as gofundme.com and donorschoose.org? - 10/28/16

What is the veterans’ preference in the hiring process and how can I make sure it is being applied correctly in my school district/school? - 9/30/16

Can the chair call meetings whenever he or she wants, including executive sessions? - 9/16/16

For a board appointed committee (with no board member quorum participating) is the board executive assistant required to take the minutes or is someone designated from the committee during the initial meeting allowed to do so? - 8/05/16

Do we have to take minutes at a board retreat and if so do we have to have them approved at the board meeting? - 7/22/16

Are school board members held to the same standard as volunteers in the school district in terms of fingerprinting and background checks? - 7/22/16

If a quorum of the board attends a public forum does the forum have to be posted as a board meeting? - 6/17/16

Can a board add an executive session to an agenda after the meeting has started, even if the executive session wasn't included on the original meeting posting? - 6/10/16

Are charter school boards subject to public meetings and public records requirements? - 6/03/16

Can board members vote by email? - 5/27/16

If we've voted, but later want to change that motion, how do we do it? - 5/20/16

What ethical and conflict of interest obligations do Board members have when they know and/or are related to someone who works for the district? - 5/13/16

What guidelines apply to gifts given by parents or students to teachers, or by staff members and employees and board members to each other? - 4/29/16

We are filling a vacant board position. One of the applicants is related to a current board member. Can the current board member participate in the interviews, discussion and vote? - 4/22/16

A budget committee member withdrew before the end of her term (June 2016). The board has voted in a new budget committee member to take her place. Does this new member serve three years from now or does the board have to vote this member in again once the original term is finished – June 2016? - 4/15/16

Once the budget committee and board have approved the budget, does the superintendent have to bring any change to any of the line items to the board for approval before the expense can be made? - 4/08/16

We have a five member board and currently have only two budget committee members available to participate. How do we proceed if we cannot fill the other three positions? Would we consider that if we have seven members, half would be four to approve any motion? - 4/01/16

What are the roles and the responsibilities of the budget committee? - 3/25/16

Can a budget committee member be appointed at a budget committee meeting or does this appointment have to be made at a board meeting? - 3/18/16

Campaign limits for public employees? - 3/04/16

How much detail should be included in our executive session minutes? - 2/26/16

Should school board members sit on district interview and hiring committees when the district is hiring employees other than the superintendent? - 2/19/16

At the OSBA convention I jotted down a note that our public meeting notices should have some language about special accommodations and accessibility. Could you please provide some sample language? - 2/12/16

We are confirming that with the passing of HB 2892 all of the schools in our district will begin flying an MIA/POW flag with the US flag and the Oregon State flag on January 1, 2016. Is that correct? - 2/05/16

Can the chair refuse to take a motion? What recourse do other board members have? - 1/29/16

We need to change an upcoming Board meeting date, due to a conflicting event. I THINK we need to present the revised Board meeting schedule to the Board as an action item for approval, and then change the date on our website. Am I correct? - 1/22/16

What law states that students are required to attend school until graduation or the attainment of age eighteen unless otherwise excused? - 1/15/16

If we table an item until a future date as an action item, and we are not ready to bring it forward, does it die and we have to bring it forward again, or can a board member raise it as a question and then we table it again? - 1/08/16

How long do we need to keep the audio tapes of our meetings once they have been transcribed to a written format? - 12/24/15

What rules have to be followed for retaining board member emails regarding school district business? - 12/18/15

Can a part-time athletic coach serve on the school board? - 12/11/15

How many consecutive board meetings can a board member miss and remain on the board? - 12/04/15

My understanding is that if the board appoints a committee to do a certain task, meetings of that committee must follow public meeting laws. In particular, notices of the committee meeting(s) must be posted just like we do for our school board meetings. If, for example, a 7-member board appointed 3 of its members to review a process and then return to the full board with its findings and recommendations, does the meeting of those 3 members need to be posted? - 11/20/15

What laws or guidelines apply to gifts given by parents or students to teachers, or by staff members and employees and board members to each other? - 10/30/15

Our board adopts its meeting calendar in July every year. If later in the year a request is made to cancel a meeting, does the board have to act to cancel the meeting, or can we just simply cancel it without board action? If we cancel a published meeting, do we need to give a 24-hour notice? - 10/22/15

Does the Board need to annually approve a Tuition Agreement we have with another school district? Also, do inter-district transfer agreements need to be approved annually by the Board? - 10/16/15

I am preparing our Board Agenda Packet and our Board will be signing the Superintendent's contract. Is it okay to include a copy in the Board Agenda Packet? - 10/08/15

Can the board discuss setting district goals while attending OSBA’s convention in Portland in November? - 10/01/15

If the board is interviewing multiple candidates for one board vacancy, can the board ask the other candidates to remain outside the meeting while individual candidates are being questioned by the board? - 9/25/15

Are public schools required by state or federal law to display an American flag or have students say the Pledge of Allegiance? - 2/13/15

Does a student who has reached the age of 18 have the right to sign themselves in and out of school, and sign their own permission slips? - 1/30/15

Can a board member be considered for a paid position, such as a project manager, funded by a grant received by the district? - 1/09/15

Do you have some suggestions about what board members can and can’t say, and should and should not do during collective bargaining? - 11/07/14

When a board member gets a written or electronic note about a board issue, how should it be shared with the full board? - 10/31/14

Do "blogs" or other social media postings violate public meetings laws? - 10/24/14

What rules have to be followed for retaining board member emails and text messages regarding school district business? - 10/17/14

Can Martin Luther King day be used as a makeup school day? Are there any rules which identify what can and cannot occur on a holiday? - 10/15/14

One of our board members speaks to the public and press against the positions taken by the board at our meetings. This board member has also leaked information from executive session meetings. Is there anything the rest of the board can do about this situation? - 10/10/14

Do committee meetings have to follow public meetings laws if there are less than a quorum of board members on the committee? - 10/03/14

I am an elected school board member and am not up for election this year. Can I write a letter to the editor of the local paper and campaign in other ways in support of two candidates for open seats? - 9/26/14

Can we put resolutions on our consent agenda, or do they have to be action items? - 9/19/14

When our board passes a political resolution how should we post it and handle the minutes? - 9/05/14

How long do we have to keep the audio or video recordings of our board meetings? - 8/29/14

Should public input be at the beginning or end of the meeting, or during each agenda item? What is the best way to schedule this portion of the meeting? - 8/08/14

Does the superintendent's formal evaluation report have to be released if requested by any member of the public? - 8/01/14

Our July organizational meeting is coming up. How do we elect a chair and vice chair? - 7/25/14

Can board members all "attend" meetings by web cam, speaker phone, or video conference? - 6/27/14

Our board wants to hold a summer retreat at a meeting facility outside the boundaries of our district. Is this ok? - 6/13/14

What happens in the case of split votes with an even number of board members present? - 6/06/14

Does a meeting of the superintendent, chair and vice-chair to set the agenda have to be posted as a committee meeting? - 5/16/14

What is the difference between a resolution and any other motion? - 5/09/14

Our board needs to hear a transfer request for a student who was previously expelled. Usually, our board hears transfer requests in public session, but this may involve student disciplinary records. How do we handle this situation? - 5/02/14

When a single issue board member dominates board meetings, what can be done? - 4/25/14

What is the term limit for a board member serving as board chair? - 4/17/14

We recently voted as a board to place an operating levy on the upcoming ballot. We have a 5-member board. Now, three board members each have an interest in actively serving on the "LETS PASS THE LEVY" Political Action Committee (PAC). Can three of us meet as members of the PAC meetings (all held off school district property, all outside of school hours, etc)? - 4/11/14

Given all the new changes within the state and the country regarding legal and medical marijuana, what is our school's obligation to individuals who bring marijuana on to campus but have a medical marijuana card? - 3/21/14

We had a resignation for an open position last night at our board meeting. If we end up with a tie vote for the new position, which is a real possibility for us, what happens? Does the chair break the vote? - 3/14/14

Do we need to perform background checks on applicants for vacant board positions? - 3/07/14

Can the board meet in executive session to receive an update on employee performance in general? - 2/28/14

Do we have to release the audio or videotape of board meetings or can we give them only the written minutes? - 2/21/14

Can a board member attend the board meeting and vote over the phone? Are absentee ballots permitted? - 1/24/14

Is it good practice or required to limit the topics of public comment to agenda items only? - 12/19/13

Is it legal for the superintendent to talk with a board member in closed-door sessions? The board member discusses the issue with all of the other members before the meeting. - 12/06/13

If all of the board members are not present at a board meeting (but we have a quorum, three of five), is it true that if anyone votes "no" on an item, the motion fails? - 11/22/13

If a board member declares a conflict of interest, is he required to state for the minutes the reason he is declaring a conflict? And after declaring a conflict of interest, does he have the right to vote on the motion? - 11/08/13

Our superintendent has suggested the board have lunch together at an OSBA conference. I take it this would be illegal if we have a quorum or more board members present? - 10/31/13

Are school board members considered mandatory reporters? If not, how should a board member address the issue of child abuse inside the district or outside of the district? - 10/25/13

Do we have to put a notice of our board meetings in the newspaper? Do we have to adopt a newspaper of record? - 10/18/13

How can we be clear about motions and amendments so that all the board and those in the audience understand what the board is voting on? - 10/04/13

A complaint has been filed against a staff member which has progressed through the complaint procedure and has been appealed to the school board. The staff member who the complaint is against has requested the complaint be heard by the Board in public session. We anticipate both sides of the issue may have supporters in attendance. After the board reviews the complaint and the superintendent’s response, may we go into executive session to deliberate or do we have to do all of that in public session as well? - 9/27/13

Our board will be interviewing three candidates to fill one vacant position on our board due to a resignation. While all interviews/conversations must be completed in public, it is difficult to talk about the applicants in public. Do you have any advice for a school board as it launches into this very public process? - 9/20/13

As we prepare to interview applicants for a vacant Board position, can we/do we provide the interview questions to the applicants prior to the interview? Are the other applicants allowed to be in the room (we know it is a public meeting) during the interview process? - 9/13/13

Our board has just passed a resolution supporting a ballot measure. What are the restrictions on the district’s involvement in reporting that action, including information in print materials such as the district newsletter, and advocacy by staff members? - 8/30/13

When do committee meetings have to follow public meetings laws about posting and minutes? - 8/29/13

What should be included in a consent agenda and how and why should a consent agenda be used in a board meeting? - 8/22/13

What should the board chair do about audience complaints of personnel that should be handled during executive session? - 8/16/13

Do we have to add an agenda item that is not of interest to the rest of the board if it is requested by a board member? - 8/09/13

What can and can't we do at work sessions? - 8/02/13

Due to a resignation, we have an open position on our board. We have received two applications and will be interviewing and selecting a replacement member at an upcoming meeting. We now have a four-member board and would like to know what happens if we have two members select one applicant – and the other two members select the other applicant and we end up ‘deadlocked’. How can we reach a final decision to select the new member? - 7/25/13

If a budget committee member cannot attend a budget meeting where a final vote on the budget is taking place, can we video tape the meeting, have them review it and have them call in their vote to the chair of the budget committee the next day and have the vote count? - 7/12/13

Can a charter board member also serve on the school board? - 6/28/13

Each year in August we publish a variety of Public Notices. A few examples of these notice requirements include procedures involving student records, non-discrimination, asbestos, board meetings schedules, alternative education, location of board policy books, and processes for comments and complaints. Where do I find the a "law" which specifically says we need to publish all these notices, and is it considered published if we just post them on our website? Or do we have to pay to run them in a print newspaper? - 6/19/13

One of our charter board members has written a letter of resignation. Does the board have to meet to accept this letter? We need to know as it affects our quorum requirement. - 6/13/13

Does a Board have to convene a Special Session and then go into an Executive Session? Or, can they convene for an Executive Session, adjourn and go into a Special Session to vote on a matter? - 6/07/13

Does the quorum rule for school boards stated in your December, 2007 response also apply to charter school boards? - 5/31/13

Should the board secretary be present at ALL meetings; special and executive? - 5/20/13

Can a superintendent endorse a board candidate running for their board? If they can't endorse, can they give a quote about the candidate? - 5/10/13

What is the potential liability for both a charter committee member and the charter school for a potentially defamatory comment made by the committee member? - 4/12/13

If our board chair resigns as chair yet remains on the board, do we need a resolution to accept that? Or, can the board just accept the resignation and approve a resolution electing another board member as chair? - 4/05/13

If our board chair resigns as chair yet remains on the board, do we need a resolution to accept that? Or, can the board just accept the resignation and approve a resolution electing another board member as chair? - 4/05/13

Can a quorum of the board compel board members to attend meetings? We have a minority of members who might not attend a meeting where they will be faced with criticism. The majority of the board wants the minority to attend. - 3/28/13

Our board is planning to meet with another school district board to discuss mutual concerns. Are there any special provisions which need to be followed? - 3/22/13

One of our board members has volunteered some contracting services to the district, but I believe they would like to pay him for some future services. Is that legal and/or ethical? - 3/15/13

Must executive session minutes be separate from regular session minutes, or can they be contained in the body of the regular session minutes? - 3/08/13

Although the charter school board meeting dates are posted on the school calendar and anyone can request a packet of materials that will be used at the school board meeting, do the agenda and the minutes need to actually be posted where the public can read them? - 3/01/13

Are public schools required by state or federal law to display an American flag or have students say the Pledge of Allegiance? - 2/22/13

Can we evaluate our superintendent on goals in executive session? - 2/14/13

Can we appoint to our budget committee a person who works part-time for the district, making less than $100 a month? - 2/08/13

Is it possible to conduct a public meeting where all board members are in attendance via electronic device (e.g. computer, phone etc.)? - 2/01/13

Do we have to put a notice of our board meetings in the newspaper? Do we have to adopt a newspaper of record? - 1/22/13

If a person does not speak at or attend a Board meeting, but wants their email or written statement in the record as public comment, can/should we do that? - 1/10/13

What is the protocol for canceling a meeting? - 1/04/13

Our superintendent needs to update board members about staff issues that may turn into grievances. Under what statute can that executive session be held? - 12/28/12

Contact information for our school board members is not posted on the district’s website. I read in an “Ask Betsy” response that the public can request school board members personal contact information. So, can a public school not publish contact information and only provide such information upon request? - 12/14/12

When should a board use a roll call vote? - 12/07/12

Do you have any information on the Dream (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act and what information school districts will be asked to provide and suggested protocols for this process? - 11/16/12

What are the appropriate procedures for hiring a charter administrator? - 11/02/12

Are boards and their committees required to take minutes at all of their meetings and what should the minutes include? - 10/19/12

Are we required to take public input at every meeting and if so what restrictions can we put on the public input? - 10/12/12

Can we put resolutions on our consent agenda, or do they have to be action items? Do you have to read the entire resolution out loud at a meeting prior to adopting it? - 9/21/12

What ethical and conflict of interest obligations do Board members have when they know and/or are related to someone who works for the district? - 9/14/12

What do we have to do to fill a vacant position? - 8/31/12

What is best practice for the procedure for nominating and electing Board officers and appointing new Board members? - 7/27/12

Which aspects of employee discipline should be handled in executive session vs public session? - 7/13/12

The District's business manager attended a workshop and was told there could be no discussion of priority lists with corresponding dollar amounts until after the first budget meeting. Is this accurate? - 6/29/12

Does the budget committee have to approve their own minutes? Can the board approve them? Since the budget committee is done after the final budget meeting in which they approve the proposed budget amount, it seems like the board would have to approve at least the final minutes. - 6/18/12

Our board wants to prepare a response to an article in the newspaper. We would like to have our chair send a draft by e-mail, with each of us responding until we get it in a form we can agree on. Is this OK? - 6/08/12

Our board wants to hold a summer retreat at a meeting facility outside the boundaries of our district. Is this OK? - 6/01/12

How should the board handle discussion and negotiation of the superintendent's contract? - 5/25/12

What are the Board's obligations to allow participation by the public during board meetings? - 5/18/12

A few months ago we had a vacancy on our Board. At that time we advertised and interviewed candidates for the position and selected one to fill the vacancy. We now have yet another vacancy, do we need to advertise and interview again or can the Board select a replacement from the previous applicants? - 5/11/12

Unfortunately, our board is now at 6 members. Do I have to consider changing committees that are composed of three members? - 5/04/12

Can all of our board members participate in a meeting of our political action committee to promote a bond campaign? If so, do we need to post it as a public meeting? - 4/25/12

A parent in our district has become irrational and belligerent with our staff, it has become necessary for us to restrict her presence on district property. The superintendent wants to send her a no trespass letter which the board would like to approve prior to sending. Should this be handled in executive session or can we discuss the letter, but not its contents, in open session? - 4/20/12

When and how can board members use e-mail to communicate with each other? Can they discuss and gain consensus on an item by e-mail? - 4/13/12

What kinds of questions should board members ask in order to provide good fiscal oversight? - 3/30/12

What level of detail does the budget committee approve? Does it have authority over staffing levels, salaries and labor contracts? - 3/23/12

Our board is filling several seats on the budget committee. We have more applicants than seats. How do we go about voting to fill those seats? - 3/09/12

We are having a public information session on the budget hosted by the superintendent. The full board will be there and will answer questions. Do we need to post this meeting? - 3/02/12

What is the posting requirement for the first budget committee meeting and how is it different than the notice requirements for regular board meetings? - 2/24/12

Is the board required to approve all extra-duty contracts? - 1/20/12

If an individual board member wants information from the district about a particular topic, how do they go about requesting and receiving the information? - 1/17/12

Is it sufficient to list the name of the board member who made a motion, seconded the motion and then state the outcome, passed or failed? Do the actual votes of the board members have to be listed by name? - 1/06/12

When the board receives general correspondence containing confidential student information how do we file and maintain these records? - 12/09/11

Do executive session minutes need to be reviewed, voted on and approved by the board? How should this be done? - 10/26/11

How should the board enter into, and come out of executive session during a meeting, and how should the minutes record this action? - 10/14/11

Sometimes during a meeting our board talks on and on without anyone making a motion. Is it appropriate for the chair to ask the board if there is a motion? - 10/07/11

Who can attend executive session meetings? Can a board member invite anyone he or she wishes? - 9/27/11

One of the board members has asked to review the audio recording of one of our recent executive session meetings which he attended. Is it OK for him to do this? Who can review executive session recordings and minutes? - 9/16/11

Our district received a request for contact information for each of our board members. What information do we have to release? Should we first ask the requestor why they want the information? - 9/12/11

Our district received a request for contact information for each of our board members. What information do we have to release? Should we first ask the requestor why they want the information? - 9/09/11

One of our board members requested the board secretary remove a statement he made at the previous meeting from the draft minutes that are going out to the full board to be approved at our next meeting. Should the statement be removed completely or shown but barred out? How can this best be handled? - 9/02/11

When and how can board members use email to communicate with each other? Can they discuss and gain consensus on an item by email? - 8/30/11

What is the difference between regular, executive session, special and work session meetings? - 8/22/11

Are the salaries and benefits of teachers, principals and the superintendent public records which are available to the general public? What about the individual’s evaluations? - 7/08/11

Can we exclude a reporter from executive session if we believe they have been inappropriately leaking information? - 7/05/11

How do we handle a public meetings request for a full board packet before the board meeting? - 6/27/11

If a board member is talking one-on-one with an individual after a public listening session or board meeting and the individual audio tapes the conversation without the board member being aware of it, can the district or board member take action against the person doing the taping? - 6/13/11

Are individuals allowed to campaign on the community college, school district or ESD campus, or in district facilities of the institution for which they are seeking a board seat, or during school events which the public attends? Can they distribute flyers on the institution’s property criticizing the current administration and saying ‘Vote for XYZ for the board’? - 6/03/11

Our board is hiring a new superintendent. May we discuss the terms of the proposed contract, including salary, in executive session when we discuss our candidate selection? - 5/23/11

What is a ‘360 degree evaluation’ of a chief executive (superintendent or college president) and how is it used? - 5/02/11

An individual board member has expressed an interest in spending time working in the district office on the development of the budget with the business official and superintendent, looking for areas to cut and providing direction on individual programs and line items. Is this within the role of the board member? - 3/18/11

Does the school board have to vote to approve the annual financial audit report? - 3/07/11

What does the phrase “Speaking with one voice” mean when referring to board action? - 2/28/11

Our board needs to hold an executive session covering three different topic areas of the executive session statute. Do we post these as three separate agenda items, three separate meetings, or as one agenda item or one meeting? - 2/18/11

Help! I think I am about to be recalled. What happens and what should I do? - 2/14/11

Is a board retreat the same as a board workshop? Do we have to post notice and allow the media to attend? - 2/14/11

Is there a specific way a charter school board must request re-negotiation of the charter school contract with the sponsoring district? Can it be by a verbal request of one of the charter board members at the sponsoring district meeting? - 2/04/11

What is the board’s role when budget reductions will include program and staff reductions, including layoffs? Can the board discuss these items in executive session? - 1/26/11

Can the school board employ someone as an internal auditor, where the person does not report to the superintendent but directly to the board of directors? - 1/21/11

Can a school board member also serve on the board of a charter school sponsored by the same district? - 1/14/11

If a citizen or staff member makes a request to be put on the agenda do they have to be added, can they be refused, and what is the process the board should follow? - 1/03/11

Do board meeting minutes have to be signed? - 12/14/10

How do we go about filling a board vacancy due to the resignation of a board member? - 12/06/10

One of our board members would like to invite the board and partners to a holiday gathering at his house. Can we do this without violating the public meeting laws? What are the pros and cons? - 11/19/10

We are filling a vacant board position. One of the applicants is related to a current board member. Can the current board member participate in the interviews, discussion and vote? - 10/18/10

Which executive sessions can the press be barred from attending? - 10/04/10

Are bid documents, including the documents submitted by the bidders and any evaluation forms or notes used in evaluating the bids, public records which must be released to anyone who requests them? - 9/27/10

What should the process look like for a public hearing on a proposal such as a construction excise tax? - 9/20/10

Our board voted down a motion because we felt the timing of the discussion was poor. The public is upset because they think we don't support the topic. Is there a better way to handle this situation? - 8/23/10

Is there a recommended statement we should put at the end of all board member emails to make it clear that board members cannot hold a discussion by email without possibly violating the public meeting laws? - 7/13/10

Do drafts of minutes need to be retained? - 7/13/10

Our budget committee completed their work and was dismissed before the new lower revenue forecast from the Governor. Does the board have to adjust the budget to the new revenue estimate before adopting it? - 6/04/10

The district has received a request for a copy of executive session minutes from a person who attended the session. How and by whom can they be released? - 5/14/10

Can the administration make transfers between budget functions during the year without seeking board approval? - 5/10/10

Are a citizen's First Amendment rights violated when a board chair insists that complaints about personnel be made in executive session? - 5/01/10

Our board meeting agenda includes a consent agenda item called "Approval of Bills." These are bills which have already been paid. What happens if we vote NO on this item, or any of the individual bills in it? - 4/30/10

Can the board add an action item to the agenda at the time of the meeting if the topic was not listed on the original meeting posting notice? - 4/16/10

How can the board use sub-committees to improve the way it does business? - 3/08/10

Our board is interested in opening our board meeting with an invocation or prayer, like the legislature does. Is this OK? - 3/01/10

Can we convene executive session to discuss renewal of staff and administrators? - 2/16/10

If the board convenes a meeting to hear a complaint against someone, can that person being complained about be excluded from the meeting? - 1/19/10

What guidelines apply to gifts given by parents or students to teachers, or by staff members and employees and board members to each other? - 12/08/09

May we keep the audio tapes of our meetings as the only official minutes? - 12/01/09

Can the board discuss setting district goals while attending OSBA's November convention in Portland? - 10/14/09

How long before the meeting does a special meeting have to be posted? - 7/23/09

How many consecutive board meetings can a board member miss and remain on the board? - 6/09/09

Can boards reduce seats from seven to five or switch from positions representing zones to all at-large positions? - 5/07/09

Can we restrict the use of cell phones and other electronic devices and prohibit note-taking or taping of board meetings? - 4/03/09

How does the board go about taking action on employee renewal, non-renewal, contract extension and non-extension as required by law? - 3/13/09

If we've voted, but later want to change that motion, how do we do it? - 3/04/09

How long before a meeting is held does the meeting have to be posted? - 2/12/09

Must board members vote on an item if they are present and do not have a conflict of interest? - 2/05/09

If we videotape or create a podcast of our regular board meetings do we still need to keep written minutes? - 1/28/09

Can board members give voting proxy to another board member who will be at the meeting in person? - 1/22/09

What requirements must a board and district follow in making budget reductions? - 1/07/09

Can our district's Web site have a link to our county's Voter's Pamphlet if it includes endorsements of our bond measure? - 10/16/08

Can a member of the school board be the chair of the budget committee? - 9/18/08

If a majority of board members are related to members of the union how does the board go about voting to approve the contract? - 9/11/08

Who decides if the superintendent evaluation is held in executive or public session? - 8/25/08

Can we provide dinner at a work session prior to a board meeting? Are there any reporting requirement? What if the board wants to have a dinner not connected to a meeting and not for discussing board business? Is it allowable for the agency to pay for that? - 2/25/08

My superintendent gives a packet to the board and to me (board secretary) every meeting. After the meeting, she highlights what needs to be written in the minutes. Should her name be on the minutes, or mine? - 1/14/08

Do you have any suggestions for tiny districts where there is just one person in an area to be reduced? There is no difference between talking about the area to be reduced and the person to be reduced, and the community members find the board discussions as you describe disingenuous. -