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Novato USD |  BB  9324  Board Bylaws

Minutes And Recordings   

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The secretary of the Board of Education shall keep minutes and record all official Board actions. (Education Code 35145, 35163)

(cf. 9323.2 - Actions by the Board)

Copies of the minutes of each regular or special meeting shall be distributed to all Board members with the agenda for the next regular meeting.

Any minutes or recordings kept for Board meetings held in closed session shall be kept separate from the minutes or recordings of regular and special meetings. Minutes or recordings of closed sessions are not public records. (Government Code 54957.2)

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

Official Board minutes and recordings shall be stored in a fire-proof location.

Recording of Votes

The minutes shall include the specific language of each motion, the names of members who made and seconded the motion, and the individual votes of each member, unless the action was unanimous. When a roll call vote is taken, the names and votes of each member shall be listed. Motions or resolutions shall be recorded as having passed or failed. Individual votes shall be recorded unless the action was unanimous. All motions and Board resolutions shall be numbered consecutively from the beginning of each fiscal year.

The minutes shall record which members are present and whether a member is not present for part of the meeting due to late arrival and/or early departure.

(cf. 9250 - Remuneration, Reimbursement and Other Benefits)

Video or Audio Recording

A video or audio tape recording may be made at any Board meeting. The presiding officer shall announce that a recording is being made at the beginning of the meeting, and the recorder shall be placed in plain view of all persons present, insofar as possible.

Recordings made during regular or special Board meetings are public records. They shall be kept for at least 30 days and upon request shall be made available for inspection by members of the public on a district recorder without charge. (Government Code 54953.5)

Legal Reference:


35145 Public meetings

35163 Official actions, minutes and journals

35164 Vote requirements


54952.2 Meeting defined

54953 Meetings

54953.5 Audio or video recording of proceedings

54953.6 Broadcasting of proceedings

54957.2 Closed sessions; clerk; minute book

54960 Violations and remedies


632 Unlawful to intentionally record a confidential communication without consent


16020-16027 Classification and retention of records

Management Resources:


The Brown Act: School Boards and Open Meeting Laws, rev. 2009

Guide to Effective Meetings, rev. 2007


CSBA, Agenda Online:


adopted: September 9, 2008 Novato, California

revised: May 6, 2014