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.

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

Does the superintendent's formal evaluation report have to be released if requested by any member of the public? - 8/01/14

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