Ask Betsy's Team - Elections and Vacancies 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 Betsy's Team!
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What is best practice for the procedure for nominating and electing Board officers and appointing new Board members? - 7/27/12
Unfortunately, our board is now at 6 members. Do I have to consider changing committees that are composed of three members? - 5/04/12
How do we go about filling a board vacancy due to the resignation of a board member? - 12/06/10
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? - 4/19/13
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
Can boards reduce seats from seven to five or switch from positions representing zones to all at-large positions? - 5/07/09
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
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? - 12/03/07
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
How many consecutive board meetings can a board member miss and remain on the board? - 6/09/09
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
What do we have to do to fill a vacant position? - 8/31/12
What is the term limit for a board member serving as board chair? - 1/29/08
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