The composition, duties, functions, powers and responsibilities of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (the "Board") shall be as provided and authorized by the General Laws and the Acts of the General Court as in effect from time to time (the "General Laws").
The officers of the Board shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary. Each officer shall have duties, functions, powers and responsibilities:
The Chairperson shall be that person so designated by the Governor pursuant to the General Laws. The Vice-Chairperson shall be elected by the Board from persons nominated by the Board at the annual meeting of the Board, and shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the Board, and until a successor is elected and qualified. The Secretary shall be the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (the "Commissioner"), appointed by the Board in accordance with the General Laws.
To perform the duties of the Chairperson at his or her request or in case of his or her absence or incapacity.
The Secretary of the Board (the "Secretary") shall have the following duties:
The Secretary, with the approval of the Chairperson, may designate an employee of the Department to carry out the duties set forth in Subsections (a) through (d) above under the direction of the Secretary. During the absence or incapacity of the Commissioner to act as Secretary, the duties of Secretary shall be performed by such designee and, in the absence of such designee, by such other person as may be designated by the Chairperson.
The annual meeting of the Board shall be held in September. Regular meetings shall be held in accordance with state law. The time and place of such meetings may be fixed by the Board or the Chairperson. All meetings shall be held within the Commonwealth.
Special meetings of the Board may be held at any time and at any place within the Commonwealth. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson or by a majority of the members then serving on the Board by a written notice to the Secretary in which the time, place and purpose of the meeting are set forth.
Written notice of each regular and special meeting of the Board shall be given to each member by mail at least seven (7) days prior to the date fixed for the meeting, which notice shall state the time and place of the meeting and, in the case of special meetings, the purpose for which it has been called. No notice need be given to any Board member who waives the same in writing before or after the meeting. Each such waiver shall be filed with the records of the meeting.
A written agenda of matters to be considered at each regular or special meeting shall be given to each Board member no less than three (3) days prior to the date fixed for the meeting. Items to be included in the agenda for the regular meeting shall be submitted to the Secretary in writing by:
The number of members to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business shall be that number equal to a majority of the members then serving on the Board, or such number as is fixed by the General Laws, but a lesser number may adjourn any meeting from time to time, and the meeting may be held as adjourned without further notice. When a quorum is present at any meeting, a majority of the members present may take any action on behalf of the Board unless a larger number is required by the General Laws.
All meetings of the Board shall be conducted in accordance with commonly used parliamentary procedure, and the order of business at meetings shall be as determined from time to time by the Chairperson.
Except in an emergency, the Board shall take action on a matter of policy only when the matter has been discussed by the Board at a previous meeting. This provision may be waived by a two-thirds vote of the members present.
The Board shall act upon matters considered, and upon recommendations made, by designated committees of the Board, but any member may present matters to the Board for consideration without prior reference to a committee.
These By-Laws are a part of the rules and regulations which the Board is authorized to adopt.
These By-Laws and other rules and regulations, however characterized or denominated, adopted by the Board, may be amended or repealed, and new rules and regulations may be adopted, by vote at any meeting of the Board called for the purpose and the notice of which shall have specified the subject matter of the proposed addition, amendment or repeal.
Adopted: June 23, 1992
Last Updated: June 6, 2017
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