What is a Board meeting?

A board meeting is the gathering of the trustees of our school district for the transaction of the district's business.  It must be conducted in a specified manner.  Laws and regulations require specific formal actions and certain procedures.  As elected officials, board members must ensure that they complete all the required actions.  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, the voters of a majority of the total number of Board members (four votes in a seven-member board) must 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 questions regarding matters relating to the school system.  It should be pointed out that there is no legal requirement for the public to be given this opportunity to speak at board meetings.  However, the present Board's policy is to make this time available to residents.  Meetings of the Board of Education follow a planned agenda.  Following approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, the Board receives the warrant, budget status treasurer’s report, and other business items.