BE(LOCAL) - BOARD MEETINGS
Meeting Place and Time
The notice for a Board meeting shall reflect the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Regular meetings of the Board shall normally be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 a.m. When determined necessary and for the convenience of Board members, the Board President may change the date, time, or location of a regular meeting with proper notice.
Special or Emergency Meetings
The Board President, in consultation with the Superintendent, shall call special meetings at the Board President's discretion or on request by two members of the Board.
The Board President, in consultation with the Superintendent, shall call an emergency meeting when it is determined by the Board President or two members of the Board that an emergency or urgent public necessity, as defined by law, warrants the meeting.
On an as-needed basis, the Board shall conduct workshops on topics related to District business for the purpose of keeping Board members informed about major work of the District. When a workshop is necessary, the meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday of a month at a time designated on the posted notice. Such meetings shall be conducted in accordance with requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Except in unusual circumstances, the Board shall take no formal action at such workshops.
The deadline for submitting items for inclusion on the agenda is the seventh calendar day before regular meetings and the third calendar day before special meetings.
In consultation with the Board President, the Superintendent shall prepare the agenda for all Board meetings. The Board President may reject a topic that has been requested by a sole Board member; however, the Board President shall direct the Superintendent to include on the agenda of the meeting any topic requested in a timely manner by at least two Board members.
Notice to Members
Members of the Board shall be given notice of regular and special meetings at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of the meeting and at least one hour prior to the time of an emergency meeting.
Notice of all meetings shall provide for the possibility of a closed meeting during an open meeting, in accordance with law.
The Board may conduct a closed meeting when the agenda subject is one that may properly be discussed in closed meeting. [See BEC]
Order of Business
The order of business for regular Board meetings shall be as set out in the agenda accompanying the notice of the meeting. At the meeting, the order in which posted agenda items are taken may be changed by consensus of Board members.
Rules of Order
The Board shall observe the parliamentary procedures as found in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, except as otherwise provided in Board procedural rules or by law. Procedural rules may be suspended at any Board meeting by majority vote of the members present.
Voting shall be by voice vote or show of hands, as directed by the Board President. Any member may abstain from voting, and a member's vote or failure to vote shall be recorded upon that member's request. [See BDAA(LOCAL) for the Board President's voting rights]
When the agenda is prepared, the Board President shall determine items, if any, that qualify to be placed on the consent agenda. A consent agenda shall include items of a routine and/or recurring nature grouped together under one action item. For each item listed as part of a consent agenda, the Board shall be furnished with background material. All such items shall be acted upon by one vote without separate discussion, unless a Board member requests that an item be withdrawn for individual consideration. The remaining items shall be adopted under a single motion and vote.
Board action shall be carefully recorded by the Board Secretary or clerk; when approved, these minutes shall serve as the legal record of official Board actions. The written minutes of all meetings shall be approved by vote of the Board and signed by the Board President and the Board Secretary.
The official minutes of the Board shall be retained on file in the office of the Superintendent and shall be available for examination during regular office hours.
Discussions and Limitation
Discussions shall be addressed to the Board President and then the entire membership. Discussion shall be directed solely to the business currently under deliberation, and the Board President shall halt discussion that does not apply to the business before the Board.
The Board President shall also halt discussion if the Board has agreed to a time limitation for discussion of an item, and that time limit has expired. Aside from these limitations, the Board President shall not interfere with debate so long as members wish to address themselves to an item under consideration.