BAAA – School Board Policies and Administrative Procedures


The policies of the Board are intended to establish the general and overall rules within which day-to-day operations of the School District are to be governed. Procedures for carrying out and implementing the broad policies of the Board on a day-to-day basis are to be fashioned and adopted by the administration, under the direction of the Superintendent.

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BBA — School Board Powers and Duties

State law provides that public schools will be operated and maintained by local School Boards. As agents of the state, School Boards are required to implement state laws pertaining to public education and to carry out the rules of the State Board of Education.

The ConVal Board is an agent of the State and derives its authority from the New Hampshire Constitution,

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BBAA – School Board Member Authority

The authority of individual School Board members is limited to participating in actions taken by the Board as a whole when legally in session. Board members shall not assume responsibilities of administrators or other staff members. The Board or staff shall not be bound in any way by any action taken or statement made by any individual Board member except when such statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions and official action taken by the Board.

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BBBA – Board Member Qualifications

To become a candidate for the ConVal School Board, a person must be a registered voter in  the district. No person holding the office of School Board member shall at the time hold the  office of school district moderator, treasurer, or auditor. No person employed on a salaried
basis by the ConVal School District shall be a ConVal School Board member.

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BBBD – School Board Removal From Office

School Board members may only be removed from office as provided in RSA 32:12 and RSA 42:1-a. RSA 32:12 prohibits School Board members from violating the provisions of RSA 32 relating to the expenditures of school district money. RSA 42:1-a prohibits school board members from breaching confidentiality standards. Violations of either of these statues may result in the board member being removed from office.

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BBBE — Unexpired Term Fulfillment

In a cooperative school district, the remaining school board members representing the same town as the departed member shall fill a vacancy on the school board, provided that there are at least two such members. If there are fewer than two members representing that town, or if the remaining members are unable, by majority vote,

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BBFE – School Board Member Ethics


Attend all regular scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;

Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings;

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BDB — Board Officers

  1. At the first meeting of the School Board after the District Voting in March, the Board shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. Candidates for Chairperson shall have served at least two years as a member of the Board. Candidates for Vice-Chairperson shall have served at least one year as a member of the Board.

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BDD – Board-Superintendent Relationship

The School Board believes that policy-making is a primary function of the School Board and that the execution of those policies is the primary function of the Superintendent.

Delegation by the Board of its executive powers to the Superintendent provides freedom for the Superintendent to manage the schools within the Board’s policies and frees the Board to devote its time to policy-making and statutory functions.

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BEA — Regular School Board Meetings

The School Board shall meet at least once a month. Unless otherwise determined by Board action, regular meetings of the Board shall be held at SAU 1, Superintendent’s Office, on the first and third Tuesday of each month in a handicapped accessible location, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Notice of all Board meetings will be posted in two appropriate places or printed in the local newspaper at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting.

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BEDC — Quorum

A simple majority of the ConVal School Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

 Participating Electronically from a Remote Location

When it is not reasonably practical for a member to attend in person, the member may attend via telephone, skype, or other electronic means.  RSA 91-A:2, III.  The following is required:

  1. The member participating electronically must identify anyone present at the location the member is participating from.

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BEDD — Rules of Order

Except as otherwise provided by law, by regulation of the State Department of Education, or by the School Board, meetings of the Board shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised.  However, the Rules of Order may be waived on any subject by a 2/3 vote of all Board members present and voting provided that a quorum is present at the time of the vote.

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BEDG — Minutes

A record of the actions of School Board meetings will be maintained at the SAU Office. The
minutes of the Board will be kept in an official file and will include resolutions and motions.
Papers not a part of a formal motion may be omitted if they are referred to and identified by some

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BGB: Policy Adoption

Except for policy actions to be taken on emergency measures, the adoption of School Board policies should follow this sequence which will take place at least at two regular or special meetings of the School Board:

1. Announcement and publication of proposed new or revised policies as an item of


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BHC – Board-Employee Communications

The School Board desires to maintain open channels of communication between itself and the staff.  The basic line of communication will, however, be through the Superintendent of Schools.

Staff Communications to the Board

All communications or reports to the Board or any Board committee from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the Superintendent,

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