Policy BEDF: School Committees Voting

Voting at all School Committee meetings will be by voice or show of hands, except as state Law or policy decrees otherwise. Roll call votes will be taken when required by law or when requested by a Committee member.

The Chair will state the number in favor and number opposed in the vote on any motion, and those numbers will be recorded in the minutes.  When a vote is unanimous, stating that information in the minutes is sufficient. The results of any roll call vote of the Committee will be recorded in the minutes.

For passage, a motion will be carried by a majority of those present and voting, except when state law or Committee policy (including Roberts Rules of Order) require a larger majority.

No motion on any important topic or policy will be voted on during the first meeting at which the motion is made. To allow time for adequate consideration, for gathering of necessary data and information, and for public comment, a motion will be voted on at a subsequent meeting. An exception may be made if the topic has been fully discussed as an agenda item during a recent School Committee meeting. Exceptions will be made for procedural motions, time sensitive motions, motions to deal with an emergency situation, motions on non-controversial minor issues, etc.

LEGAL REF:

MGL 30A:1830A:20, 30A:21, 30A:22,  

Region Voted to Approve: 12/7/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve:
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