MAINE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT #31
Agenda Preparation and Dissemination
The Superintendent, in consultation with the Chair, shall prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Board. The agenda shall include items that the Board plans to address in performing its duties as the governing body of the school unit in accordance with Maine law and Board policies.
The agenda will be distributed to Board members, the media, and to designated school-affiliated organizations no later than three days prior to a regular meeting of the Board and no later than two days (48 hours) prior to a special meeting. Copies of the agenda will be posted and/or available at the Superintendent’s Office, town hall, or school unit’s website and email. Anyone desiring additional information regarding an agenda item should direct inquiries to the Office of the Superintendent. Copies of the agenda will also be available at the Board meeting.
In the case of an emergency meeting, notice of the agenda will be given as early as practicable and will be provided to the media at the same time and in the same manner that it is given to Board members.
Requests for Agenda Items
Board members, school unit staff, groups or organizations, and members of the public may submit written requests to the Board through the Chair or the Superintendent for items to be placed on the agenda. To be considered for placement on the agenda, an item must be within the scope of the Board’s duties, timely, and appropriate for consideration under all applicable laws and Board policies. The request must be received a minimum of ten days prior to the meeting at which the group or individual wishes the item to be addressed by the Board in order for it to be considered for the agenda of that meeting. The Chair and Superintendent shall make the final decision regarding placement of items on the agenda.
Additions and Adjustments to the Agenda
After the meeting has been called to order, the Superintendent or Board Chair may recommend additions and/or adjustments to the agenda of a regular meeting or, unless otherwise prohibited by Board policy, to the agenda of a special meeting.
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Any Board member who wishes to add an item to the agenda may offer a motion to that effect. Such a motion shall require a second to proceed to a vote. The item should be within the scope of the Board’s duties, timely, and appropriate for consideration under all applicable laws and Board policies. All additions to the agenda must be approved by a 75% vote of the members present and voting.
If the board member wishes to add the item to the agenda for the following board meeting the same process shall be used and additions to the agenda for the following meeting must be approved by a majority vote of the members present and voting.
In order to facilitate its business or to accommodate groups in attendance, the Board may adjust the agenda by changing the order of business. Such adjustments shall require the consent of the Board by majority vote.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA § 1477 (RSU)
Cross Reference: BE—School Board Meetings
BEDH—Public Participation at Board Meetings
KE—Public Concerns and Complaints