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Most Recent Questions
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- July Board Meeting Requirements (2/28/2017)
- What are the rules for making up snow days? (1/13/2017)
- If our board is having a holiday party, is that considered a meeting and do we need to notice it? (12/19/2016)
- Can my school district use online fundraising sites such as gofundme.com and donorschoose.org? (10/28/2016)
- 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? (9/30/2016)
- Can the chair call meetings whenever he or she wants, including executive sessions? (9/16/2016)
- 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? (8/5/2016)
- Do we have to take minutes at a board retreat and if so do we have to have them approved at the board meeting? (7/22/2016)
- Are school board members held to the same standard as volunteers in the school district in terms of fingerprinting and background checks? (7/22/2016)
- If a quorum of the board attends a public forum does the forum have to be posted as a board meeting? (6/17/2016)
- 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? (6/10/2016)
- Are charter school boards subject to public meetings and public records requirements? (6/3/2016)
- Can board members vote by email? (5/27/2016)
- 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.
- How should the board enter into, and come out of executive session during a meeting, and how should the minutes record this action?
- 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?
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