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Ask Betsy's Team - 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 Betsy's Team!

Dear members:

Your Ask Betsy 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.

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!

Legal Disclaimer: The information contained on this site should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding your particular situation, please seek the advice of OSBA’s legal services or independent counsel.


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The most recent questions are listed below.

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

July Board Meeting Requirements - 7/11/14

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

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? - 4/04/14

We have a five member board and currently have only 2 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 7 members, half would be 4 to approve any motion? - 3/28/14

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