Last modified: September 26, 2023
Policy No. 1400 Board Meetings
“Meeting” means the convening of the Board with a quorum present, whether in person or by means of electronic equipment, for the purpose of discussing, receiving public comments about, or acting upon a matter over which the Board has jurisdiction, including a workshop or executive session.
- Additional definitions of “meetings” are provided later in this policy.
Rules of Order and Procedure
The Board of Education shall adopt Rules of Order and Procedure to govern a public meeting of the Board of Education. The Rules of Order and Procedure shall include a set of rules that govern and prescribe in a public meeting:
- Parliamentary order and procedure;
- Ethical behavior; and
- Civil discourse.
After adopting the Rules of Order and Procedure, the Board of Education shall:
- Conduct its public meeting in accordance with the Rules of Order and Procedure adopted by the Board of Education; and
- Make the Rules of Order and Procedure available to the public at each meeting of the Board of Education, and on the District’s public website.
Open to the Public
Every meeting of the Board shall be open to the public unless closed pursuant to Utah Code.
The Board conducts business meetings per the annual calendar of meetings, and at other times as needed. A business meeting is distinguished as a formal meeting of the board where formal action (a vote) is taken on one or more items for which the board has authority/responsibility.
Study sessions are formal meetings of the board, conducted in accordance with state law, and in which no formal action is sought or taken. Study sessions provide an opportunity for lengthier, in-depth discussions to take place around issues, practices, requests, and initiatives in the district.
Joint Meetings with Local Agencies or Government
The Board may also hold joint meetings with local agencies or government officials. No actions (approvals) are taken at such meetings, with the purpose being enhanced communication, sharing of information, or the study of issues of mutual interest to the parties in attendance.
A public hearing is an open meeting at which members of the public are given a reasonable opportunity to comment on a subject of the meeting. Generally, the Board will determine whether a Board meeting will include a public hearing. However, the Board shall hold a public hearing when considering whether to close a school or change the boundaries of a school, when considering the adoption of the District budget, before authorizing issuance of bonds, and when considering changes to the Board member compensation schedules, as required by statute.
All or any part of the proceedings in any open board meeting may be recorded by any person in attendance provided that the recording does not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.
Attendance by Local Government Representatives
The following officials (or their designees) may attend and participate in the board’s discussions in the open portions of the Board’s meetings: a mayor, county commission chair, county commissioner, or county manager, where the municipality or county is partly or entirely within the boundaries of the school district. These local government officials may not vote on any issue before the Board and their participation is subject to the Board President’s authority to regulate the conduct of the meeting.
A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Board.
USBA Training Sessions for Board Members
In the event the Board or any of its members meet with representatives of the Utah School Boards Association (USBA) for the purpose of receiving or participating in instruction regarding Board functions or activities, and not for the purpose of discussing or acting upon a subject over which the Board has jurisdiction, the Board is not required to comply with the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act.
If more than two Board members are present in such meetings, the Board members shall not discuss or act upon any specific matter over which it has jurisdiction. Board members will discuss only matters relative to the instruction they receive from USBA representatives.
If Board members determine in an instructional meeting with representatives of USBA that there is a need to discuss or act upon a subject over which the Board has jurisdiction, then the Board and its members must comply with the Open and Public Meetings Act, prior to discussing or acting upon such matters.
Legal References & Synopsis:
Utah Code 52-4-103(5) (2011)
Definitions of “Meeting” — Local school board meetings — Rules of order and procedure — Location requirements — Expulsion of members prohibited — Exceptions
Utah Code 53G-4-202
Meetings Open to Public — Exceptions
Utah Code 52-4-201(1) (2006)
Closed meeting held upon vote of members — Business
Utah Code 52-4-204
Reasons for meeting recorded
Utah Code 52-4-205
Purposes of closed meetings — Certain issues prohibited in closed meetings
Utah Code 52-4-206
Exceptions to open meetings (204-206)
Utah Code 11-14-318 (2008)
Utah Code 53G-4-402
Powers and duties generally
Utah Cod 53G-7-303
Local governing board budget procedures
Utah Code 53G-4-204
Compensation for services — Additional per diem — Approval of expenses
Utah Code 52-4-203(5) (2013)
Written minutes of open meetings — Public records — Recording of meetings
Utah Code 53G-7-208
Local governmental entities and school districts — Contracts and cooperation — Disbursement of funds — Municipal and county representative participation in school district board meetings — Notice required
Utah Code 52-4-103(10)(a)(2011)
Open and public meetings act — general provisions– definitions
Utah Code 53G-4-203
Election of officers — Terms — Time of election — Removal of officers — Quorum requirements
Approved by Board of Education:
August 13, 2013