What is the difference between a School Board Meeting, a Committee meeting, and a Committee of the Whole meeting?
- School Board Meetings are formal business meetings for the district where items are voted upon by the entire board for approval. Other than Recommended Routine Items, items that appear for a vote on the School Board agenda are usually researched and approved by a committee before being brought before the full board.
- Also called “business” or “regular” meetings, School Board meetings include two public comment opportunities; one for specific items listed on the agenda and another for general comment.
- Board Meetings are generally held in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) in the High School.
- Committee Meetings are the working and learning meetings of the School Board. They divide board work into categories that provide members an opportunity to study and review issues within the committee’s area of responsibility in greater detail than possible at the entire board level.
- Each committee consists of 4 board members (plus the Board President).
- Committee meetings focus on topics being discussed within the named committee.
- Committee meetings serve as the starting point for policies, initiatives, or planning, and make recommendations for action of approval by the full board at a business School Board Meeting.
- Topics of interest to the public are generally discussed within a committee before going to the whole School Board for a vote. Public comment or input may be accepted at the discretion of the School Board President or Committee Chairs as time allows.
- Stand alone Committee Meetings are usually held in the OJR Administration building conference room.
- Committee of the Whole (COW) is a meeting in which two or more Committees meet together with all Committee members, up to and including the entire board. This meeting operates under Committee Meeting guidelines (see above) but allows for greater interactions between committees and board members.
- Public comment or input may be accepted at the discretion of the School Board President or Committee Chairs as time allows.
- Committee of the Whole Meetings may rotate between schools.
More information on what each Committee covers can be found HERE.