Can a quorum of the board compel board members to attend meetings? We have a minority of members who might not attend a meeting where they will be faced with criticism. The majority of the board wants the minority to attend.


Oregon Revised Statute 332.055 states “A majority of the members of the district school board shall constitute a quorum. A less number may meet and adjourn from time to time and compel the presence of absent members. The affirmative vote of the majority of members of the board is required to transact any business”; however, it is unclear how the board would “compel” attendance other than merely setting a meeting date and time.

The only other statute which may apply is ORS 332.030. It states that the board may declare a vacancy on the board “(d) When an incumbent ceases to discharge the duties of office for two consecutive months unless prevented there from by sickness or other unavoidable cause. (e) When an incumbent ceases to discharge the duties of office for four consecutive months for any reason.”

Your best option is ask a well-respected community member (not on the board) speak with them individually to work out the issues.
Another option might be to use a facilitator to guide a discussion among the board as a whole; however, the only option to conduct this discussion in executive session would be to frame it as a complaint against one of the members under your KL policy. Otherwise this difficult conversation would need to be held in public.

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