210 - Board of Directors' Meetings

210 - Board of Directors' Meetings dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:41

210.1 - Annual Meeting

210.1 - Annual Meeting

Each year after August 31 and prior to the organizational meeting of the board in odd-numbered years, the board will hold its annual meeting.

At the annual meeting, the board will examine the financial books and settle the secretary's and treasurer's statements for the fiscal year ending the preceding June 30.  As part of the annual reports, the treasurer will present affidavits from depository banks.  The board may also appoint the board's legal counsel at the annual meeting.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.1, .3, .33.

Cross Reference: 206.3     Secretary
                                     206.4     Treasurer
  
                                   701.1     Depository of Funds
  
                                   707        Fiscal Reports

Initially Approved 03-08-1999              
Last Reviewed
07-08-2020                              
Last Revision
07-08-2020

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:59

210.2 - Regular Meeting

210.2 - Regular Meeting

The regular meeting time and date will be set by the board at its organizational meeting in odd-numbered years, or at the annual meeting in even-numbered years.  The regular meetings of the board will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 4:00 PM in the board room at McKinley, with the exception of January which will be the third Wednesday at 4:00 PM and July and December which will not meet the fourth Wednesday.

The board will adhere to these meeting dates and times unless the board requires additional meetings or, due to circumstances beyond the board's control, the meeting cannot be held on the regular meeting date, and the meeting will be re-scheduled in accordance with law and policy.  Public notice of the meetings will be given.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21.3, .4; 279.1                                                                                            

Cross Reference: 200.1     Organization of the Board of Directors
  
                                210        Board of Directors' Meetings

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
01-15-2020                                   
Last Revision
01-15-2020

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:09

210.3 - Special Meeting

210.3 - Special Meeting

It may be necessary for the board to conduct a special meeting in addition to the regularly scheduled board meeting.  Special meetings may be called by the president of the board or by the board secretary at the request of a majority of the board.  Should a special meeting be called, public notice will be given.

If the special meeting called is an emergency meeting and the board cannot give public notice in its usual manner, the board will give public notice of the meeting as soon as practical and possible in light of the situation.  Emergency meetings will only be held when an issue cannot wait twenty-four hours necessary for a special meeting.  The reason for the emergency meeting and why notice in its usual manner could not be given will be stated in the minutes.

Only the purpose or issue for which the special meeting was called may be discussed and decided in the special meeting.  The board will strictly adhere to the agenda for the special meeting and action on other issues will be reserved for the next regular or special board meeting.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21.3, .4; 279.2 (2013).
  
                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 148.

Cross Reference: 200.1   Organization of the Board of Directors
  
                                    210      Board of Directors' Meetings

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
03-13-2019                                 
Last Revision                           

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:27

210.4 - Work Sessions

210.4 - Work Sessions

The board, as a decision making body, is confronted with a continuing flow of problems, issues and needs which require action.  While the board is determined to expedite its business, it is also mindful of the importance of planning, brainstorming and thoughtful discussion without action.  Therefore, the board may schedule work sessions and retreats in order to provide its members and the administration with such opportunities.  The board has the authority to hire an outside facilitator to assist them in work sessions.

Topics for discussion and study will be announced publicly, and work sessions and retreats will be conducted in open session.  No board action will take place at the work session.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21; 279.8 (2013).
  
                                    1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 162.
  
                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 167.
  
                                    1976 Op. Att'y Gen. 384, 514, 765.
  
                                    1972 Op. Att'y Gen. 158.
  
                                    1970 Op. Att'y Gen. 287.

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings
  
                                    211      Open Meetings

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
03-13-2019                                   
Last Revision 02-11-2002

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:07

210.5 - Meeting Notice

210.5 - Meeting Notice

Public notice will be given for meetings and work sessions held by the board.  Public notice will indicate the time, place, date and tentative agenda of board meetings.  The public notice will be posted on the bulletin board or another prominent place clearly designated for posting agendas in the central administration office at least one day before it is scheduled, but, at the minimum, twenty-four hours notice needs to be given.

A copy of the public notice will be provided to those who have filed a request for notice with the secretary.  These requests for notice must be in writing.  A copy of the public notice will also be accessible to employees and students.

In the case of special meetings, public notice will be given in the same manner as for a regular meeting unless it is an emergency meeting.  In that case, public notice of the meeting will be given as soon as practical and possible in light of the situation.  The media and others who have requested notice will be notified of the emergency meeting.  Attendance at a special meeting or emergency meeting by the media or board members will constitute a waiver of notice.

It is the responsibility of the board secretary to give public notice of board meetings and work sessions.

 

 

Legal Reference: Dobrovolny v. Reinhardt, 173 N.W.2d 837 (Iowa 1970).
 
                                    Iowa Code §§ 21.2-.4; 279.1, .2 (2013).
 
                                    1952 Op. Att'y Gen. 133.

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings
  
                                    210.8   Board of Directors' Meeting Agenda

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
03-13-2019                                   
Last Revision                         

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:46

210.6 - Quorum

210.6 - Quorum

Action by the board regarding the affairs of the school district may be taken only when a quorum, a majority of the board members, is in attendance at the board meeting.  While in person participation is encouraged, board members may attend meetings either in person or electronically provided each member can hear and be heard in real time by all members present and the public.

While board members are encouraged to attend board meetings, 3 members will constitute a quorum and are a sufficient number to transact business of the school corporation.  The adjournment of a meeting may be executed without a quorum.

An affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast is sufficient to pass a motion or take action unless law or board policy requires a vote of a greater number.

It is the responsibility of each board member to attend board meetings.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21.5(1); 279.4.

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
07/08/2020                                    
Last Revision
07/08/2020

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:06

210.7 - Rules of Order

210.7 - Rules of Order

An orderly board meeting allows the board members to participate in the discussion and decision process on an issue confronting the school district.  Rules of order for board meetings allow school district business and the relative information concerning the business to be brought to the attention of the board.  They also allow the board to discuss, act upon and make a clear record of school district business in a regular, ordered, reasonable and consistent manner.

The board will follow Robert's Rule of Order, Revised, latest edition as modified by this policy and subsequent rule.

The purpose of modified rules adopted by the board are:

  • To establish guidelines by which the business of the governing board can be conducted in a regular and internally consistent manner;
  • To organize the meetings so all necessary matters can be brought to the board and decisions of the board can be made in an orderly and reasonable manner;
  • To ensure members of the board, concentrating on the substantive issues at hand, have the necessary information to make decisions, and to ensure adequate discussion of decisions to be made; and,
  • To ensure meetings and actions of the board are conducted so as to be informative to the staff and the public, and to produce a clear record of actions taken and decisions made.

It is the responsibility of each board member to follow the rules of order stated in this policy at each meeting, and it is the responsibility of the presiding officer to conduct the board meeting within these rules.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21.2, .7; 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings
  
                                    210.8   Board Meeting Agenda

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed
03-13-2019                                   
Last Revision                         

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:47

210.7R1 - Rules of Order Regulation

210.7R1 - Rules of Order Regulation

The following rules of procedure have been adopted by the board at the annual organizational meeting:

  1. Board members need not rise to gain the recognition of the board president.
  2. All motions will be made as a positive action.
  3. A motion will be adopted or carried if it receives an affirmative vote from more than half of the votes cast.  Only "yes" and "no" votes are counted in this calculation.  It should be noted that some motions require larger numbers of affirmative votes, such as to move into a closed session.
  4. All motions shall receive a second, prior to opening the issue for discussion of the board.  If a motion does not receive a second, the board president may declare the motion dead for lack of a second.
  5. The board president may decide the order in which board members will be recognized to address an issue.  An attempt should be made to alternate between pro and con positions.
  6. The board president shall rule on all motions that come before the board.
  7. The board president may rule on points of order brought before the board.
  8. The board president shall have complete authority to recognize a member of the audience regarding a request to participate in the board meeting.  Members of the public who wish to participate shall follow board policy.
  9. The board president has the authority to declare a recess at any time for the purpose of restoring decorum to the meeting.
  10. The board president has the same authority and responsibility as each board member to vote on all issues

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:11

210.8 - Board Meeting Agenda

210.8 - Board Meeting Agenda

The tentative agenda for each board meeting will state the topics for discussion and action at the board meeting.  The agenda is part of the public notice of the board meeting and will be posted and distributed.

Persons requesting to place an item on the agenda must make a request to the superintendent prior to the drafting of the tentative agenda.  The person making the request must state the person's name, address, purpose of the presentation, action desired and pertinent background information.  Requests from the public may be added to the tentative agenda at the discretion of the superintendent after consultation with the board president.  Requests received after the deadline may only be added to the agenda for good cause.

The tentative agenda and supporting documents will be sent to the board members three days prior to the scheduled board meeting.  These documents are the private property of the board member.  Persons wishing to view the tentative agenda and supporting documents may do so at the central administration office.

The board will take action only on the items listed on the tentative agenda posted with the public notice.  Items added to the agenda may be discussed or taken under advisement by the board.  If an added item is acted upon, the minutes of the board meeting will state the reason justifying the immediate action.

It is the responsibility of the board president and superintendent to develop the agenda for each board meeting.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21; 279.8 (2013).
                                     1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 269.

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings
 
                                    211      Open Meetings
 
                                    213      Public Participation in Board Meetings
 
                                    215      Board of Directors' Records
 
                                    402.5   Public Complaints About Employees
 
                                    502.4   Student Complaints and Grievances

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                              
Last Reviewed 03-13-2019                                   
Last Revision                         

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:43

210.8E1 - Board Meeting Agenda Example

210.8E1 - Board Meeting Agenda Example

Clarinda Community School District
Regular Board Meeting
McKinley Central Office
Monday, September 10, 2018
5:00 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Audience to Visitors

5. Agenda Approval    

6. Public Hearings

7. Consent Agenda Approval

      8.1 Approve Minutes

      8.2 Approve Bills

      8.3 Approve resignations, hiring recommendations and transfers

8. Recognitions & Reports

       9.1 Financial Reports

      9.2 Administrator Report

      9.3 Superintendent Report

      9.4 Committee Report

      9.5 Board Correspondence

9.   New Business

10. Meeting Announcements                                   

11. Adjournment

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:45

210.9 - Consent Agendas

210.9 - Consent Agendas

Very often the board must consider agenda items which are noncontroversial or similar in content.  Such agenda items might include ministerial tasks such as, but not limited to, the approval of the agenda, approval of previous minutes, approval of bills, approval of reports, etc.  These items might also include similar groups of decisions such as, but not limited to, approval of staff contracts, approval of maintenance details for the school buildings and grounds, open enrollment requests or approval of various schedules.

In order for a more efficient administration of board meetings, the board may elect to use a consent agenda for the passage of noncontroversial items or items of a similar nature.

The superintendent in consultation with the board president and board secretary shall place items on the consent agenda.  By using a consent agenda, the board has consented to the consideration of certain items as a group under one resolution.  Items may be removed from the consent agenda at the request of a board member.

Nothing in this policy is to be construed as an attempt to avoid full compliance with laws dealing with open meetings or public notice of the agenda and meeting.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 21; 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:          210      Board of Directors' Meetings

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                                
Last Reviewed 03-13-2019                                 
Last Revision                         

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:07

210.10 - Order of the Regular Board of Directors' Meeting

210.10 - Order of the Regular Board of Directors' Meeting

The board shall conduct an orderly board meeting.  The board will, at all regular board meetings, follow an agenda order similar to:

      1.  Call to Order     

      2.  Pledge of Allegiance     

      3.  Roll Call

      4.  Audience to Visitors

      5.  Approval of Agenda

      6.  Consider Consent Agenda Items

      7.  Recognition & Reports  

      8.  New Business   

      9.  Meeting Announcements

      10.  Adjournment  

              

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 21; 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference: 210      Board of Directors' Meetings
                                     210.8   Board Meeting Agenda

Initially Approved 03-08-1999              
Last Reviewed 03-13-2019                           
Last Revision 03-27-2017

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:03