It is the desire of the Monroe City School Board that meetings be formal enough for orderly procedure, but informal enough to be natural, to encourage free discussion, and to promote group thinking and action.  In matters of procedures not covered by law, School Board policy, or the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), meetings of the Board, including committee meetings, shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order (Revised).  The President shall be entitled to discuss and vote on all matters before the School Board.


The President of the School Board, or, in his or her absence, the Vice-President, shall conduct all meetings.  In the absence of both, the Superintendent shall preside until the School Board elects an acting chairman.  The presiding officer shall recognize members of the School Board who wish to be heard in the order that he/she deems advisable.  No member of the School Board shall speak without having first been recognized.


Each School Board member shall be given an opportunity to express without interruption, his or her views on any agenda item.  The President may cease any discussion which does not apply to the motion last made.  He/she may also minimize or halt discussion of a matter if the School Board has previously agreed to confine discussion to a definite period of time, and that time period has been used.  Aside from such limitation, the President may limit debate only with concurrence of two-thirds () of the members present.


Public participation in School Board meetings shall be permitted during discussion of agenda items on which a vote is to be taken, in accordance with policy BCBI, Public Participation in School Board Meetings.  Other persons may be recognized in School Board meetings upon approval of the School Board. The President of the School Board shall have complete authority to remove any person(s) who willfully disrupts a meeting to the extent that orderly conduct of the meeting cannot be maintained.



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. §§17:81, 42:15


Monroe City School Board