The involvement of residents of our school district in the decision making process is a vital part of public education.
When are the meetings held? The Board generally meets at 7:00 p.m. every third Monday of the month on a rotating system throughout the school district. You may request a current schedule from the district office.
Where are announcements posted? The school district posts regular meeting announcements and agendas at the district office and in the Clearwater Tribune. They post special meeting announcements at the district office, the post office and the Orofino elementary school.
How can I participate? You may use two options to participate in board meetings. Firstly, you may call the school district office, at least one week before the meeting, and ask to be placed on the agenda as a scheduled delegation. Secondly, you may attend the school board meeting. When the chairperson asks if there are any unscheduled delegations, identify yourself and your business. A scheduled delegation may use up to 15 minutes, but an unscheduled delegation may have only three.
What can I address? You may speak about the issue(s) you identified when you requested to be placed on the agenda. Generally, the Board will allow questions and discussion but will not take action until a later meeting, in order to provide time
for examining the issue(s). The school board conducts any issue(s) concerning personnel in an executive session, as per Idaho Code.
How can I register a concern about school district staff? School district policy 303.5 - Concerns Involving School Personnel - outlines the process for registering a concern about an employee of the school district. The Board will only review a concern if the proper steps have been followed, as per policy 303.5. A copy of policy 303.5 can be obtained from the school district office.
What is a typical agenda? Copies of the agenda are printed and left at the entrance for the public. The same format is used at every meeting. Consent Items are routine items such as minutes and monthly bills which can be approved with a minimum of discussion. Scheduled and Unscheduled Delegations give the public an opportunity to speak at each meeting. Old Business Items are action items from the previous Board meeting that await a decision from the Board. New Business Items are current action items that await a decision from the Board. Reports, Announcements and Information Items are all used to provide the Board with information, relative to the many facets of the school district. Executive Session is used by the Board to discuss items as per Idaho Code.
What is an Executive Session? The Idaho Open Meeting Law requires that no decision at a meeting of a governing body of a public agency be made by secret ballot. Idaho Code 67-2345 allows the Board to convene into an executive session on a 2/3 majority vote of the Board. The Board is allowed to discuss personnel matters, student matters, strategies for litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and/or school site/real estate acquisition or disposal. No decisions can be made in executive session. The Board must re-convene into open session to make any decision and the minutes of that Board meeting will record any and all decisions for public display.
Who are the Board Members? The school district consists of five trustee zones. Click on this link (Board) to see the current members. The district holds trustee elections on the third Tuesday in May. Each trustee serves a four year term on a staggered basis, so that all trustees will not be up for election in the same year. Information on school district trustees zones can be obtained at the district office.
What does the Board Chairperson do? The chairperson presides at all Board meetings and conducts the meetings according to parliamentary rules. In addition, the chairperson signs all papers and documents, as required by law and as authorized by the action of the Board. The chairperson has the full right to participate in debate, without relinquishing the chair, and has the right to vote on all matters that are put to a vote. In the unlikely event there should be an interruption of Board work by a person in attendance who is shouting, being unruly, etc., the Board chairperson has the authority to do any or all of the following:
*Order anyone causing a disturbance to leave the Board room. *Order a brief recess until order is restored. *Adjourn and reconvene at a time and place selected by a majority vote. What does the superintendent do at the meeting? The superintendent serves as the Board's chief executive officer in administering Board policies, as well as keeping the Board informed of the goals, needs and performance of the schools. The superintendent is available to the Board as a professional resource and works with the Board chairperson to prepare the agenda. The recommendations generally precede any Board action on issues facing the Board.
What staff usually attends the Board meetings? In addition to the Board members, the following staff members will normally attend. Robert Vian, Superintendent of Schools; Janice Sutton, Clerk
If you have any other questions, please go to the contact page and feel free to ask!