005. ORGANIZATION - Pg.
Section 1. Organization Meeting
SC 401, 402, 404,
The Board members shall meet and organize annually during the first week of December. Notice of the time and place of the organization meeting shall be given to all Board members by mail at least five (5) days before the meeting by the Board Secretary. The organization meeting shall be a regular meeting.
Section 2. Order
SC 402, 426
The organization meeting shall be called to order by the current President or Vice-President of the outgoing Board, or any hold-over member of the Board. A temporary President shall be elected from among the hold-over members of the Board. The Board Secretary shall be secretary of the meeting. In an election year, the certificates of election or appointment of all new Board members shall be read, and a list shall be prepared of the legally elected or appointed and qualified Board members.
SC 321, 402
At the organization meeting, the temporary President may administer the oath or affirmation of office to those Board members who have not previously taken and subscribed to the same.
Section 3. Officers
Election of officers shall be by a majority vote of those present and voting. Where no such majority is achieved on the first ballot, a second ballot shall be cast for the two (2) candidates who received the greatest number of votes.
a. The school directors shall annually, during the first week of December, elect from their member, a President and Vice-President who shall serve for one (1) year.
b. The school directors shall annually, during the month of May, elect a Treasurer who shall serve for one (1) year beginning the first day of July after such election. The Treasurer may be a corporation duly qualified and legally authorized to transact a fiduciary business in the Commonwealth, and may be a
member of the Board.
SC 436, 438
The Treasurer shall not enter upon his/her duties until furnishing bond in accordance with law and with Board approval. The Treasurer shall be compensated in the manner and at the rate determined by the Board.
c. The school directors shall, during the month of May in every fourth year, elect a Secretary who shall serve a term of four (4) years beginning the first day of July following such election, and may be a member of the Board.
SC 431, 432
The Secretary shall not enter upon his/her duties until furnishing bond in accordance with law and with Board approval. The Secretary shall be compensated in the manner and at the rate determined by the Board.
Vacancies in any office shall be filled by Board election; such officers shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.
SC 324, 404
The same school director may not hold more than one (1) office of the Board. No commissioned officer or professional employee of the Board shall serve, temporarily or permanently, as an officer of the Board.
Art. VI Sec. 7
Officers of the Board serve at the pleasure of the Board and may be removed from such office by the affirmative vote of a majority of those present and voting.
Section 4. Appointments
The Board shall have the authority to appoint:
SC 508, 683
a. A tax collector, where a tax collector is not elected to collect taxes, there is a vacancy, or an elected tax collector refuses to qualify.
SC 324, 406
c. Independent Auditor.
d. Delegates to a state convention or association of school directors.
e. Other appointments the Board deems necessary.
Art. VI Sec. 7 Pol. 006
Appointees serve at the pleasure of the Board and may be removed from such appointment in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Section 5. Resolutions
The Board may, at the organization meeting, but shall prior to July 1 next following, designate:
a. Depositories for school funds.
b. Newspaper(s) of general circulation as defined in law.
c. Normal day, place and time for regular meetings.
d. Normal day, place and time for open committee meetings.
Section 6. Board Committees
65 Pa. C.S.A.
Sec. 701 et seq
The Board has the authority to approve Board committees. Board committees authorized to take official action or render advice on district business shall operate in accordance with the provisions of the Sunshine Act.
The Board shall develop Board Operation Guidelines that describe the duties and establish procedures for the operation of standing committees.
Section 7. Consultants
The Board may appoint, employ or retain consultants to provide the district with specialized services not normally required on a continuing basis. Compensation shall be determined and approved by the Board.
The function of a consultant shall be to make studies and present recommendations to the Board. A consultant shall not be charged with the implementation of a report.
A consultant has no administrative authority over any facet of district schools, but shall act solely as advisor to the Board, officers and employees.
The use of consultants from outside the district who promote a particular commercial product is discouraged.
Pennsylvania Constitution - PA Const. Art. VI Sec. 7
School Code - 24 P.S. Sec. 106, 321, 324, 401, 402, 404, 406, 421, 426, 431, 432, 434, 436, 438, 508, 516, 621, 683, 1410, 2401
Sunshine Act – 65 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 701 et seq.
Board Policy - 006, 811