Board of Education

It is the belief of the Miller County R-III School Board that it is the right of anyone to appear before the board and to ensure its meetings are properly and efficiently ran,  the Board has the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation.     

 Open Session:
A. Any individual desiring to speak shall give their name; address the group, if any, that is represented; and the specific agenda item they wish to address.

B.The presentation should be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker shall be limited to five minutes.

C. Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concern them. In Public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. An individual may request an audience with the Board in closed session if the individual wishes to register a complaint against an employee of the district.

It should be noted that Board of Education meetings are open to the public, however, they are not considered public forums. Undue interruptions or other interference with the orderly conduct of Board of Education business canno
t be allowed. The Board vests in its president, or other presiding officer, authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to the rules established above. The presiding officer may terminate the speaker's privilege to speak if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks.

The Board's function is to make decisions, and time spent answering routine questions or criticisms must be taken from Board business. If a resident has a question about the operation of the schools, the resident is encouraged to first contact the teacher or administrator closest to the situation. Experience has shown that this is the best procedure. The questioner gets the response directly; the Board is freed to consider it's deliberations in a more expedient manner.

Board Action
No one person, or group of persons, acts in the name of the Board. When an item of business comes before the Board in the form of a motion, it is necessary that a majority of votes be cast in favor of the motion for the Board to act. Members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individual Board members, therefore answers must be deferred pending consideration by the full Board.

The Board has complete an
d final control over local school matters subject 
only to limitation imposed by federal and state law, regulations of the state and the will of local residents as expressed in district elections.

Closed Sessions
State law provides that all meetings of governmental bodies (including school boards and multi-member bodies created by the boards) shall be open sessions unless a closed session is expressly permitted by law. For the most part, closed sessions are normally held to discuss student and personnel matters. A governmental body may hold a closed session only by an affirmative public vote of majority of members present at the meeting and only to the extent a closed session meets the guidelines established by statute
For a request to be placed on a closed session agenda, it will need to be submitted in writing to the central office no less than five calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting. An established time of no more than ten minutes will be granted for you to share your concern with the School Board.










Jason Price,
Apr 10, 2018, 6:49 AM