1. What is the role of our School Board?
The five-member Lyon County Board of Education is our district's policy-making body. While it is comprised of individuals, it acts officially only as a group. The Lyon County BOE works with the Superintendent and staff to set the direction of the school district with the education and well being of school children as its primary focus. The Board members are elected from five different divisions of the county to four-year staggered terms. They not only represent the public, but also translate the needs of students into policies, goals, and strategies that reflect the standards and values of the community.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring and evaluating the Superintendent and the Board attorney, approving the district's budget, establishing goals and evaluating results, levying taxes and issuing bonds, and communicating with the community. Board members, individually, take an oath not to become involved in personnel hiring, except for those positions already mentioned.
2. When does the Board meet?
Regular meetings of the Board are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the District Conference Room. Occasionally, circumstances necessitate this date and time to be changed. These meetings become special meetings and the agenda cannot include items not on the posted agenda. Notices of these meetings are posted in the schools and on our District's website.
3. Who determines what is on the agenda?
In consultation with the Board chairperson, the Superintendent prepares the agenda for all meetings of the Board. Individual Board members may request that a subject be included on the agenda for a particular meeting. The agenda must be set and posted prior to the meeting.
4. How are Board meetings conducted?
Parliamentary procedures are observed as found in Robert's Rules of Order. Discussion of an agenda item is addressed to the Chairperson and the entire Board membership. A quorum of the board, three members, is needed to take any action. Three "yes" votes are required to pass a motion. An abstention counts with the majority.
5. Who can attend School Board meetings?
Citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend all Board meetings. If unable to attend the meetings, citizens are welcome to read about board action in the local newspaper or in the summaries provided by the Chairperson to the staff. Minutes are not available or official until approved at the following regular meeting of the Board.
During a meeting, there are legally specified circumstances that call for an adjournment to a closed session for discussion. These circumstances include information about personnel matters, land acquisition or sales, legal consultation, and student or employee hearings. All votes, however, are taken in public.
Public participation at Board meetings is limited to the two times when visitor comments are listed on the agenda. The audience shall not, at any other time during a Board meeting, enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board.
Individuals who have questions, concerns, or suggestions should first contact the teacher or school administrator. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily, then it may be brought to the SBDM council of the individual school. If no acceptable solution is obtained at the school level, it may them be brought to the Superintendent and finally to the Board.
6. How can a citizen address the Board?
Citizens may request to speak before the Board during the visitor comments agenda item or they may make their request to the Superintendent's office by phone prior to the meeting.
The speaker should identify his or her name and the group affiliation, if any, and make a brief presentation with an identified solution if one is sought. Remarks should be addressed to the Board as a whole.
Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted for this meeting.
If you have other questions or would like more information concerning Board meetings or procedures, please contact the Superintendent's office at 270-388-9715.