School Board By-laws

Does your school board have by-laws or does your school rely on Vt state law and Roberts Rules of Order for small boards to guide the school boards? I have seen many suggestions in the Vermont School Board Resource Guide that are included in our by-laws and am feeling that there is redundancy. We have one board member that feels by-laws are necessary, as a new board member, I am questioning the need.

  1. Have you asked your fellow board member why she/he feels it necessary to push for bylaws? There might be an answer that gives you an “aha” moment. On the other hand I believe the fewer layers of rules we work under the better.

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  2. We use a combination of Roberts Rules, our own bylaws, and the State law. Seems to work for us. I would suggest that, if current practice has been working well for your district, as a new Board member there are other areas you could familiarize yourself with that could probably be a better use of your time and energy; not to mention your Admin team and fellow Board members’ time.

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  3. As far as I know, our board does not have by-laws. At least, they have never been referred to. The guidelines provided by education law and Roberts Rules seem sufficient to me. Even more important is plain old common sense.

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  4. Our SU and the small districts all use Roberts Rules. We have as long as I have been on the board, 12 years now.

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  5. All districts and schools have unique characteristics and all therefore need their own bylaws and policies. VSBA provides many samples that are very useful as guides.

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  6. We rely on state law and Roberts Rules of Order.

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  7. Our board has a Policy and Procedure Manual and do also abide by Roberts Rules of Order.

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  8. We use a supervisory union level policy manual, state law and RRoO to guide the direction and operation of our school board.

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  9. Our board follows Robert’s Rule’s.

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  10. We do have bylaws for our board and mission statements. They have not been updated since the closure of the elementary school though.

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  11. Basically go by Roberts Rules, but meetings are so short and not well attended that we often allow deviations, especially under Hearing of Visitors.

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  12. To my knowledge, I believe we adhere to the VT State Law in regards to the conducting of business and utilize Roberts Rule as a conduit. Not sure about by laws as between the State Laws and Roberts Rule and the Ballot Box, most issues are covered. Not opposed to by-laws but I am opposed to redundancy and bureaucracy.

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  13. WE USE ROBERT RULES OF ORDER FOR SMALL BOARDS AND THIS IS CONFIRMED AT EVERY ANNUAL MEETING.

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