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Novato USD |  BB  9324  Board Bylaws

Minutes And Recordings   

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The Board of Education recognizes that maintaining accurate minutes of Board meetings provides a record of Board actions for use by district staff and the public and helps foster public trust in Board governance.

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

The secretary of the Board of Education shall keep minutes and record all official Board actions. The Board's minutes shall be public records and shall be made available to the public upon request. (Education Code 35145, 35163)

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 9122 - Secretary)

(cf. 9323.2 - Actions by the Board)

The minutes shall reflect 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)

In order to ensure that the minutes are focused on Board action, the minutes shall include only a brief summary of the Board's discussion, but shall not include a verbatim record of the Board's discussion on each agenda topic or the names of Board members who made specific points during the discussion.

The minutes shall include the specific language of each motion and the names of members who made and seconded the motion.

The minutes shall also report any action taken and the vote or abstention on that action of each member present. (Government Code 54953)

The minutes shall reflect the names of those individuals who comment during the meeting's public comment period as well as the topics they address.

The Superintendent or designee shall distribute a copy of the "unapproved" minutes of the previous meeting(s) with the agenda for the next regular meeting. The Board shall approve the minutes as circulated or with necessary amendments.

Official Board minutes and recordings shall be stored in a secure location and shall be retained in accordance with law.

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

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. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

Recording or Broadcasting of Meetings

The district may tape, film, or broadcast any open Board meeting. The Board president shall announce that a recording or broadcasting is being made at the direction of the Board at the beginning of the meeting, and as practicable, the recorder or camera shall be placed in plain view of the meeting participants.

Any district recording may be erased or destroyed 30 days after the meeting. Recordings made at the direction of the Board during a meeting are public records and upon request shall be made available for inspection by members of the public on district equipment without charge. (Government Code 54953.5)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35145 Public meetings

35163 Official actions, minutes and journals

35164 Vote requirements

GOVERNMENT CODE

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

PENAL CODE

632 Unlawful to intentionally record a confidential communication without consent

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

16020-16027 Classification and retention of records

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

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

Guide to Effective Meetings, rev. 2007

WEB SITES

CSBA, Agenda Online: http://www.csba.org

Bylaw NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 9, 2008 Novato, California

revised: May 6, 2014

revised: April 25, 2017