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  • Section B: Board Governance and Operations



I. Election of Officers

  1. At the next School Board meeting, following the election of directors, the Board shall organize itself, and newly elected directors shall take an oath or affirmation before a dedimus justice or notary public.

  2. Following the oath, the Board shall name a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

  3. Candidates for Chairperson will be nominated and seconded by another Board member.  After all candidates have been nominated, nominations will close.  All candidates for Chairperson may share their qualifications and interest in the position.

  4. Following all discussion, the Board will elect its Chairperson by majority vote.

  5. Once a Chairperson has been elected, this procedure will be used to elect a Vice- Chairperson.

II. Duties of the Chair

The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall perform other duties as directed by law, Maine Department of Education rules, and by this Board. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Chair shall:

  1. Sign the instruments, acts, and orders necessary to carry out state requirements and the will of the Board;

  2. Consult with the Superintendent and Vice Chair in the planning of the Board meeting agendas;

  3. Confer with the Superintendent on crucial matters that may occur between Board meetings;

  4. Appoint subcommittees, and serve as ex officio member of all committees;

  5. Call special meetings of the Board as necessary;

  6. Be the public spokesperson for the Board at all times except as this responsibility is specifically delegated to others; and

  7. Preside at and be responsible for the orderly conduct of all Board meetings.

As the presiding officer at all meetings of the Board, the Chair shall:

  1. Call the meeting to order at the appointed time;

  2. Announce the business to come before the Board in its proper order;

  3. Enforce the Board’s policies relating to the order of business and the conduct of meetings;

  4. Explain, as appropriate, what the effect of a motion would be;

  5. Restrict discussion when a motion is before the Board;

  6. Put motions to a vote and announce the vote result.

The Chair shall have the right, as other Board members have, to offer motions, discuss questions, and vote.

III.  Duties of the Vice-Chair

The Chair and the Superintendent shall consult with the Vice Chair when preparing the Board meeting agenda.

In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall perform all the duties of the Chair. 

IV. Duties of the Secretary

The Superintendent shall serve as Secretary of the Board, with the right to speak on all questions and offer recommendations. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that records are kept of all business transacted by the Board at both regular and appropriately called special meetings, and shall perform such other functions as are ordinarily functions of this office. 

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA § 1471 

Cross Reference: BB - School Board Legal Status

Adopted: 06/01/09

Revised: 06/17/18

Revised: 4/25/22

  • Section B