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School Board Meeting Rules of Order
Type: School Board Policy
Section: 200 SCHOOL BOARD
Code: 210
Adopted Date: 8/27/2001
Revised Date(s): 11/26/2007, 02/25/2013, 11/09/2015, 10/08/2018
Reviewed Date(s): 10/10/2005, 11/26/2007, 02/25/2013, 11/09/2015, 10/08/2018


The purpose of this policy is to establish the specific rules of order for conducting the meetings of the School Board of the Moorhead Area Public Schools.


An orderly School Board meeting allows School Board members to participate in discussions and decisions of school district issues. Rules of order allow School Board members the opportunity to review school-related topics, discuss school business items, and bring matters to conclusion in a timely and consistent manner.

To ensure the School Board meetings are conducted in an orderly fashion, the School Board will follow rules of order which will allow the School Board:
A. To establish guidelines by which the business of the School Board can be conducted in a consistent manner;

B. To organize the meetings so all necessary matters can be brought to the School Board and decisions of the School Board can be made in an orderly and reasonable manner;

C. To ensure that members of the School Board have the necessary information to make decisions on substantive issues and to ensure adequate discussion of decisions to be made; and

D. To ensure that meetings and actions of the School Board are conducted so as to be informative to the staff and the public, and to produce a clear record of actions taken and decisions made.

A. Rules of order for School Board meetings shall be as follows: a) Minnesota statute specified; b) specific rules of order as provided by the School Board consistent with Minnesota statutes; and c) Robert's Rules of Order, Revised (latest edition) where not inconsistent with a) and b) above.

B. School Board members do not need to rise to gain recognition of the Chair.

C. The Chair will open a topic for discussion on the agenda. The Chair may request further information from administration on a topic and/or open the topic for discussion by School Board members. The Chair shall decide the order in which School Board members will be recognized to address an issue. An attempt should be made to alternate between pro and con positions if appropriate for the discussion and allow each School Board member to speak to the issue if desired. A member of the School Board shall speak to an issue after the member is recognized by the Chair.
D. A motion will be adopted or carried if it receives the affirmative votes of a majority of those actually voting on the matter. Abstentions are considered to be acquiescence to the vote of the majority. It should be noted that some motions by statute or Robert's Rules of Order require larger numbers of affirmative votes.
E. All motions that require a second shall receive a second prior to opening the issue for discussion of the School Board. If a motion that requires a second does not receive a second, the Chair may declare that the motion fails for lack of a second or may provide the second. The names of the members making and seconding a motion shall be recorded in the minutes. 
F. The Chair shall rule on all questions relating to motions and points of order brought before the School Board.
G. A ruling by the Chair is subject to appeal to the full School Board pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order.

H. The School Board shall have the authority to recognize any member of the audience regarding a request to be heard at the School Board meeting. Members of the public who wish to be heard shall follow School Board procedures.
I. The Chair has the authority to declare a recess at any time for the purpose of restoring decorum to the meeting or for any other necessary purpose.
J. The Chair shall repeat the motion or the substance of a motion prior to the vote. The Chair shall call for an affirmative and a negative vote on all motions.
K. The order of names for a roll call vote shall be in an alternating order.

L. The Chair has the same right and responsibility as each School Board member to vote on all issues.

M. The Chair shall announce the result of each vote. The vote of each member, including abstentions, shall be recorded in the minutes. If the vote is unanimous, it may be reflected as unanimous in the minutes if the minutes also reflect the members present.

N. A majority of the voting members of the School Board constitute a quorum. The absence of a quorum may be raised by the Chair or any member. Any action taken in the absence of a quorum is null and void. The only legal actions the School Board may take in the absence of a quorum are to fix the time to which to adjourn, to adjourn, to recess or to take measures to obtain a quorum. 
Legal References:
Minn. Stat. 123B.09, Subds. 6,7, and 10 (School Board Powers)
Minn. Stat. 126C.53 ( Enabling Resolution; Form of Certificates of Indebtedness)
Minn. Stat. 122A.40 (Employment Contracts, Termination)
Minn. Stat. 331A.01, Subd. 6 (Newspapers; Definitions)
Minn. Stat. 13D.01, Subd. 4 (Open Meeting Law)
Minn. Stat. 471.88 (Exceptions)
Minn. Stat. 331A.04, Subd. 6 (Newspapers; Exception to Designation Priority)

Cross References:
Moorhead School Board Policy 201: School Board Legal Status
Moorhead School Board Policy 202: School Board Officers
Moorhead School Board Policy 211: Open and Closed School Board Meetings
Moorhead School Board Policy 212: School Board Public Hearings
Moorhead School Board Policy 213: School Board Meeting Agendas
Moorhead School Board Policy 203: Operation of the School Board - Governing Rules
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 203.1 (School Board Procedures; Rules of Order)