The board has the authority to appoint special committees. The entire board may also meet as a committee-of-the-whole. Committee-of-the-whole meetings, or work sessions, may be called by the chair or any three board members.
All meetings of special committees and committees-of-the-whole must be publicly announced, and the public is permitted to attend.
The function of special committees is deliberative and advisory fact-finding rather than legislative or administrative. Committees make recommendations directly to the board as a whole, and the board alone may take action.
It is important to remember that all board-appointed committees’ meetings are subject to the same rules as other board of education meetings: legal notice, keeping of minutes, and compliance with freedom of information laws dealing with public access.