What is a Board meeting?

  • A board meeting is the gathering of the trustees of your School District for the transaction of the business of the District.  It must be conducted in a specified manner.  Laws and regulations require certain formal actions and certain procedures.  Board members, as elected officials, must make certain that they complete all the actions required of them.  The Board of Education meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month in the Alden High School Library (unless otherwise stated) at 7 p.m.

    No one person or group of persons acts in the name of the Board.  When an item of business comes before them in the form of a motion, it is necessary that the voters of a majority of the total number of Board members (four votes in a seven-member board) be cast in favor of the motion for the Board to act, regardless of the number of Board members present at that time. 

    A public forum is held during Board meetings which enables residents of the District to make a brief statement, express their viewpoint, or ask a question regarding matters relating to the school system.  It should be pointed out that there is no legal requirement that the public be given this opportunity to speak at Board meetings.  However, it is a policy of the present Board to make this time available to residents.  Meetings of the Board of Education follow a planned agenda.  Following approval of minutes of the previous meeting, the Board receives the warrant, budget status and treasurer’s report and other items of business.