File BBBDA: Declared Censure or Vacancy Caused by Absenteeism

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Absences from Regular Board Meetings and Workshops
When a member must be absent from a regular meeting of the School Board for any reason, that member shall contact the Board Chair and request to be excused from the meeting. If the Chair must be absent, he/she shall contact the Vice-Chair. The Chair shall determine whether or not the request shall be granted, unless otherwise ruled by a majority of the Board. The minutes of each meeting shall reflect the names of the members present, those absent with excuse (if any), and those absent without excuse (if any).

An absence for any of the following reasons shall be routinely considered an excused absence: illness of the member or members of his/her immediate family, death in the member’s family, a short-term family obligation, or unavoidable commitment related to the member’s employment (so long as such a commitment is not of the type which prevents the member from attending on a regular basis). Absences for reasons other than those identified above shall be considered by the Board Chair on an individual basis.

The Board shall take the following action when a member is absent with or without excuse:

  1. After two consecutive absences or any four absences annually from regular meetings or workshops, the member shall be notified in writing by the Board informing him/her that a third consecutive absence or the next absence from a regular meeting or workshop will constitute cause for the Board to consider a motion to censure that member.

  2. After three consecutive absences or any five absences from regular meetings or workshops annually, the Board shall notify said member in writing that the Board will consider a motion to censure that member at the next regular meeting of the Board or at a special meeting called for the purpose of considering this matter.

  3. At the meeting where the motion to censure, in accordance with this policy, is being considered, the Board member who is the subject of the action shall be provided the opportunity to present his/her reasons why the Board should not censure him/her.

  4. Following the deliberation outlined in Sections B and C of this policy, the Board shall vote whether or not to censure.

  5. Should the Board of Directors vote to censure such person, the municipal officers of the municipality from which the member was elected shall be notified, so that the municipality may consider appropriate action.

The Board shall take the following action when a member is absent without excuse:

  1. After two consecutive absences, the member shall be notified in writing by the Board informing him/her that a third consecutive absence will constitute cause for the Board to consider declaring his/her seat on the Board vacant.

  2. After three consecutive absences, the Board shall notify said member in writing that the Board will consider declaring his/her seat on the Board vacant at the next regular meeting of the Board or at a special meeting called for the purpose of considering this matter.

  3. At the meeting where the declaration of a vacancy, in accordance with this policy, is being considered, the Board member who is the subject of the action shall be provided the opportunity to present his/her reasons why the Board should not declare a vacancy.

  4. Following the deliberation outlined in Sections B and C of this policy, the Board shall vote whether or not to declare a vacancy.

  5. Should a vacancy be declared in accordance with this policy, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the appropriate provisions of MRSA Title 20-A.

Absences From Committee Meetings
If a member of the committee is unable to attend a committee meeting, that member is expected to contact the chair of the committee. If the committee member finds that he/she is unable to attend committee meetings on a regular basis, it is expected that he/she will inform the chair of the committee so that a vacancy may be declared and a new member can be appointed to fill the position.

Legal Reference:

20-A MRSA § 1254 (SAD)
20-A MRSA § 1653 (CSD)
20-A MRSA § 2305 (NON-CHARTERED MUNICIPALITY) 20-A MRSA § 1474 (RSU)

FIRST READING: March 20, 2014
SECOND READING: March 27, 2014
ADOPTION: March 27, 2014

 

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