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!

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The most recent questions are listed below.

Are public schools required by state or federal law to display an American flag or have students say the Pledge of Allegiance? - 2/13/15

Does a student who has reached the age of 18 have the right to sign themselves in and out of school, and sign their own permission slips? - 1/30/15

Can a board member be considered for a paid position, such as a project manager, funded by a grant received by the district? - 1/09/15

Do you have some suggestions about what board members can and can’t say, and should and should not do during collective bargaining? - 11/07/14

When a board member gets a written or electronic note about a board issue, how should it be shared with the full board? - 10/31/14

Do "blogs" or other social media postings violate public meetings laws? - 10/24/14

What rules have to be followed for retaining board member emails and text messages regarding school district business? - 10/17/14

One of our board members speaks to the public and press against the positions taken by the board at our meetings. This board member has also leaked information from executive session meetings. Is there anything the rest of the board can do about this situation? - 10/10/14

Do committee meetings have to follow public meetings laws if there are less than a quorum of board members on the committee? - 10/03/14

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? - 9/26/14

Can we put resolutions on our consent agenda, or do they have to be action items? - 9/19/14

When our board passes a political resolution how should we post it and handle the minutes? - 9/05/14

How long do we have to keep the audio or video recordings of our board meetings? - 8/29/14

How much detail should be included in our executive session minutes? - 8/22/14

Should public input be at the beginning or end of the meeting, or during each agenda item? What is the best way to schedule this portion of the meeting? - 8/08/14