Section 2000: Internal Operations
BOARD OF EDUCATION COMMITTEES
BOARD OF EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
- Policy 2320 Attendance by Board Members at Conferences, Conventions and Workshops
- Policy 2330 Compensation and Expenses
- Policy 2340 Administrative Goals Program
- Policy 2350 School Board Legislative Program
Policy 2110 Orienting New Board Members
The Board and its staff shall assist each new member-elect to understand the Board’s functions, policies, and procedures before he/she takes office, by the following methods:
- The electee shall be given selected material of the job on being part of the Board, which material is supplied by the New York State School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, and/or other professional organizations;
- The electee shall be invited to attend Board meetings and to participate in its discussions;
- The Clerk shall supply material pertinent to meetings and shall explain its use;
- The electee shall be invited to meet with the Superintendent and other administrative personnel to discuss services they perform for the Board;
- A copy of the Board’s policies and by-laws shall be given to the electee by the Clerk;
- The opportunity shall be provided for new Board members to attend the New York State School Boards Association orientation program.
Policy 2120 Use of Parliamentary Procedure
Policy 2210 Committees of the Board
The Board and/or the President of the Board may at its discretion establish committees for the purpose of undertaking a specific task in connection with Board activity. These committees, however, cannot make legal decisions for the entire Board.
At the request of the Board, the President shall appoint temporary committees consisting of less than a quorum of the full membership for special purposes. These committees shall be discharged on the completion of their assignment. The President of the Board shall be an ex-officio member of such committees.
The Board of Education recognizes that it may be necessary from time to time to authorize advisory committees for the purpose of enlisting opinions and counsel of the general public. Such committees shall be appointed by the Board of Education. The Board has the right to accept, reject or modify all or any part of a committee recommendation.
Education Law Sections 1708 and 4601
Policy 2320 Attendance by Board Members at Conferences, Conventions and Workshops
The Board believes that continuing in-service training and development are important for its members. The Board, therefore, encourages the participation of all members at appropriate school board conferences, conventions and workshops which are believed to be of benefit to the School District. However, in order to control both the investment of time and funds necessary to implement this policy, the Board establishes the following guidelines:
- A calendar of school board conferences, conventions and workshops shall be maintained by the Board Clerk. The Board will periodically decide which meetings appear to be most likely to produce direct and indirect benefits to the School District. At least annually, the Board will identify those new ideas or procedures and/or cost benefits that can be ascribed to participation at such meetings.
- Funds for participation at such conferences, conventions, workshops and the like will be budgeted for on an annual basis. When funds are limited, the Board will designate which members are to participate at a given meeting.
- Reimbursement to Board members for all actual and necessary registration fees, expenses of travel, meals and lodging, and all necessary tuition fees incurred in connection with attendance at conferences and the like will be in accordance with established regulations for expense reimbursement.
- When a conference, convention or workshop is not attended by the full Board, those who do participate will be requested to share information, recommendations and materials acquired at the meeting.
The authorization for Board members to attend a conference, convention, workshop and the like shall be by Board resolution adopted prior to such attendance. However, the Board, in its discretion, may delegate the power to authorize attendance at such conferences to the President of the Board of Education.
Where authorization has been delegated to the President of the Board, no expense or claim form shall be paid unless a travel order or similar document signed by the President is attached to such form, authorizing the claimant to attend the conference.
Education Law Section 2118
Policy 2330 Compensation and Expenses
No member of the Board may receive any compensation for his/her services unless he/she shall also serve as District Clerk and be paid as Clerk. All members of the Board of Education may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in representing the District. All bills or claims for reimbursement must be itemized in reasonable detail.
Education Law Section 2118
Policy 2340 Administrative Goals Program
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for executing state and federal mandates in the field of education.
In addition, the Board is also committed to a program of annual and multi-year administrative goals designed to improve school policies and programs and to enhance student achievement.
At the first regular Board of Education meeting in October, the administrators, including the Superintendent, will present a set of goals to the Board. Goals established will reflect open communications at all levels. Goals will include dates for anticipated accomplishment and the resources needed for completion. The Board will review and approve these goals.
During the course of the school year, the Superintendent will keep the Board informed on the administrative goals development.
Policy 2350 School Board Legislative Program
The Board, as an agent of the State, must operate within the bounds of state and federal law affecting public education. If the Board is to meet its responsibilities to the residents and students of the community, it should work vigorously for the passage of laws designed to advance the cause of good schools and for the repeal or modification of existing laws that impede this cause. To this end:
- The Board will initiate and support continuous study and action programs to improve state laws related to or affecting public education;
- The Board will work for the achievement of common legislative objectives through state and national school board associations and with other concerned groups; and
- The Board will also seek both direct and indirect representation of its position on pending legislation with appropriate state and federal legislators and legislative committees.