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BE - School Board Meetings

 

All Falmouth School Board meetings will be announced publicly in accordance with this policy and applicable law. Except in the event of rare emergencies, such announcements will be made in ample time to allow public and media attendance and shall be disseminated in a manner reasonably calculated to notify the general public.
 

Workshops and Informational Meetings

The Board will hold workshop meetings once a month during the months of September through June unless otherwise set by action of the Board. The purpose of workshop meetings will be to discuss items coming before the Board. Votes will not be taken at workshop meetings.
 

Regular Meetings

The Board will hold its regular business meetings once a month during the months of August through June unless otherwise set by action of the Board.

No formal action shall be taken by the Board at any meeting other than a regular meeting, special meeting, or emergency meeting.
 

Special Meetings

A special meeting of the Board is a meeting that is held to address important matters that arise between regular meetings and/or require Board action before the time set for the next regular meeting, or to consider a single subject in one session.

A special meeting may be called at any time at the discretion of the Chair or at the request of the Superintendent. A special meeting shall be called at the written request of a majority of the Board.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for providing notice of a special meeting to Board members and the media at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. The notice or agenda shall indicate the subject(s) of the meeting and action to be taken.

No business other than that stated in the notice of the meeting shall be transacted unless the Board agrees by a majority to consider other business.

 

Emergency Meetings

An emergency meeting of the Board is a meeting that is called because a matter is so urgent that it must be addressed immediately, and the advance notice required for a special meeting cannot reasonably be provided.

An emergency meeting may be called by the Chair or at the request of the Superintendent.

Whenever practicable, 24-hour advance notice will be provided. The Superintendent shall notify the media of an emergency meeting by the same or faster means as used to notify Board members. The notice shall indicate the purpose or subject of the meeting.

No business may be transacted other than that related to the purpose for which the emergency meeting is called.
 

Executive Sessions

Executive sessions of the Board shall be called and conducted in accordance with state law. Only the matter(s) stated in the motion to enter executive session shall be considered.  No final action may be taken in executive sessions.


 

Legal References:
1 M.R.S.A. § 403 et seq.
20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001

Cross References:
BEC – Executive Session
BEDB – Agenda

 

Adopted: February 26, 2007

Revised: September 20, 2011

Reviewed:  November 2018