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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Bylaw 1-28

SCHOOL BOARD BYLAWS

Committees, Organizations and Boards School Board Member assignments

The School Board utilizes committees, boards, and other organizations (hereinafter “Committee”) to accomplish both internal and external goals. School Board Members may be assigned to represent the School Board’s interest on any such Committee. School Board Members have no individual authority when serving in these assignments and may only exercise the authority specifically authorized by the School Board. The School Board recognizes the following types of Committees: 1) Standing School Board Committees; 2) Joint School Board/City Council Committees; 3) Ad Hoc School Board Committees; 4) School Division Standing Committees with School Board Liaisons; and 5) Outside Committees.

  1. General matters
    1. Creation

      When, in the opinion of the School Board, educational concerns need to be addressed which require longer term study, analysis and/or oversight and which concerns lend themselves to a committee approach, committees comprised of School Board Members either alone or in conjunction with members of the School Administration, other public bodies or public organizations, and/or the public-at-large may be created by the School Board. The School Board shall describe the objectives of any such Committee in its minutes or other writing and provide it to the Committee. The School Board, in consultation with the City Council, may create Joint School Board and City Council Committees.

    2. Authority

      Any such Committee shall have only such authority to bind the School Board as is expressly granted and shall have only such powers as the School Board has expressly granted or which, by implication, are reasonably necessary to accomplish the stated purpose(s).

    3. Assignments

      School Board Members will be assigned to Committees no later than July 1st of each year. Assignments may be reviewed in January of each year or when otherwise necessary. Each School Board Member should be assigned to at least one (1) Committee. Appointment to a Committee should take into consideration, but not be limited to, the following: 1) equitable distribution of Committee assignments among School Board Members; 2) expressed interests of School Board Members; 3) experience as a School Board Member; 4) a School Board Member’s training, education and/or experience with the purpose of the Committee; 5) continuity of service and historical knowledge; 6) availability for meetings; 7) the need for diversity; 8) the needs of the School Board; and 9) other good and just reason for assignment. Should one or more representatives of the School Board be needed to attend a Committee meeting prior to the School Board’s adoption of Committee assignments, the Chairman is authorized to temporarily appoint School Board Members to that Committee. Assignments to a Committee are effective until June 30th of each year. The School Board is authorized to appoint alternates to Committees, should the School Board Member assigned require another School Board Member to substitute. In the absence of an alternate or when an alternate is unavailable, the Chairman may assign another School Board Member to represent the School Board at a Committee meeting.

    4. Individual Authority

      Individual School Board Members appointed to any Committee shall have no authority to bind the School Board on any matter unless such authority is expressly granted by the School Board.

    5. Reports

      Assigned School Board Members shall report to the School Board on Committee activities when and in the format designated by the School Board.

    6. Committee Chairmen

      The Committee Chairman will be chosen by the Members of the Committee unless otherwise specified. For the purposes of electing a Committee Chairman, the most senior School Board Member attending the first meeting of the year (or the most senior assigned staff member attending the meeting if a School Board Member is not present at the first meeting) shall conduct the election of the Committee Chairman. All School Board created Committees, shall be chaired by an assigned School Board Member unless the Committee structure specifically requires that another person be the Committee Chairman. When choosing a Committee Chairman, the following shall be considered: 1) continuity of membership; 2) expressed interest of assigned School Board Members; 3) diversity of membership; and 4) needs of the School Board Committee.

    7. Roles and Responsibilities of the Committee Chairman

      The Committee Chairman shall have the responsibility for: 1) presiding over the meetings or designating another Committee Member to preside in the Chairman’s absence: 2) setting the direction for and establishing norms and protocols that allow for appropriate function and in an efficient manner; 3) provide guidance and communicate expectations to other Committee Members; 4) ensure that relevant, timely and effective decisions are executed and that all Committee Members are provided the opportunity to participate in the decision making process; 5) ensure compliance with applicable law, bylaw, policy and regulation; 6) ensure that appropriate notices are made, agendas and supporting materials are provided and that minutes of the meetings are kept if so required by law.

  2. Committee Meetings
    1. Location of Committee Meetings

      The Committee Chairman or the staff member assigned to the Committee will provide the School Board Clerk with notice of the location of all Committee Meetings. Committee Meetings will be held in locations accessible to the public.

    2. Public Access

      Committee Meetings shall be open to the public but may be closed for all or a portion of the Meeting as permitted by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and other applicable law or regulation. The Committee Chairman or assigned staff member will make arrangements for any persons needing accommodations or other services to access the Committee Meetings.

    3. Notices of Meetings by Committee Chairman

      The Committee Chairman or the assigned staff member shall provide the School Board Clerk notice of the date, time, and location of Committee meetings so that the School Board Clerk can give the public notice of meetings consistent with applicable law. The Committee Chairman or the assigned staff member shall make available to the public, upon request, nonexempt agenda materials furnished to Members for the meeting as required by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and other applicable law.

    4. Rules of Order

      Committee Meetings shall be run in accordance with the Special Rules of Order found in School Board Bylaws Appendix A and the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

  3. School Board Standing Committees

    The Committees listed below shall be considered Standing Committees of the School Board:

    1. Internal Audit Committee

      The Internal Audit Committee consists of a minimum of three Members, including at least two Members of the School Board and a third Member from the business community. The Internal Audit Committee assists the full School Board in considering internal and external audit matters, including the timely reporting to the School Board of material actions or inactions of school employees that could lead to charges of malfeasance in office by School Board Members or School Division employees or agents. The Internal Audit Committee has established the Office of Internal Audit, which reports directly to the Internal Audit Committee, and through the Internal Audit Committee, to the full School Board, as more particularly set forth in Policy 3-46 and the Internal Audit Charter.

    2. Legislative Committee

      The Legislative Committee consists of a minimum of two School Board Members, School Board Legal Counsel, the School Board’s Legislative Consultant and those staff members appointed by the Superintendent. The Legislative Committee is responsible for the development of the School Board’s proposed annual legislative package. The legislative package, priorities and positions shall be based upon input from the School Board and the Superintendent. The Legislative Committee is also responsible for developing the School Board’s regional legislative position and for acting as the School Board's liaison to the Virginia General Assembly as well as other publicly elected bodies.

    3. Student Discipline Committees

      The Chairman shall appoint three Committees of the School Board to hear student discipline cases as needed. Each Committee shall consist of three (3) voting School Board Members and one (1) nonvoting guidance counselor. Each Member of a Committee, excluding the guidance counselor, has authority to make motions and vote on that Committee. Each Committee shall meet to determine cases dealing with expulsions and long-term suspensions as set forth in School Board policy or regulation. A unanimous decision of a Committee consisting of three School Board Members regarding long-term suspensions and expulsions is final. If a Committee's decision is not unanimous, or if the decision is made by a Committee of less than three (3) School Board Members, the decision of the Committee may be appealed to the full School Board.

    4. Policy Review Committee

      The School Board Policy Review Committee will consist of three School Board Members. The School Board, at its discretion, may appoint a citizen to serve as a voting member. School Board Legal Counsel and the Chief of Staff or designee will serve as liaisons to the Committee but will not be voting members.

      The Chief of Staff may assign other staff members to serve on the Policy Review Committee for designated periods of time for the purpose of assisting the Policy Review Committee. The Policy Review Committee will be responsible for advising the School Board and the Superintendent concerning the need to amend, adopt, repeal, and/or merge by-laws, policies and applicable regulations.

    5. Building Utilization Committee

      The Building Utilization Committee (BUC) annually reviews enrollment projections and impact on optimal building utilization. The Building Utilization Committee shall be chaired by the School Division Demographer. No more than three School Board Members shall be assigned to the BUC. The Superintendent may assign appropriate staff members to assist the BUC in its review. At its discretion, the BUC may invite input from PTAs or other community groups directly impacted by any recommendation from the BUC.

    6. Joint Standing School Board and City Council Committees

      The Committees listed below shall be considered Joint Standing Committees of the School Board and the City Council. The Chairman shall seek approval from the School Board for all Member appointments to such Committees. The Chairman shall take into consideration the experience of the School Board Members, their interest in membership, diversity of membership and continuity of membership on a Committee. The Chairman of each Joint Standing School Board/City Council Committee shall be selected by the Committee Members unless otherwise specified.

      1. CIP/Modernization Review Committee
      2. Deferred Compensation Board
      3. Oceanfront Enhancement Committee
  4. School Board Ad Hoc Committees

    Upon an majority vote of the School Board, a School Board Ad Hoc Committee shall be appointed, as the need arises, to carry out a specified task, at the completion of which - that is, on presentation of its final report to the School Board, such Ad Hoc Committee will automatically cease to exist. The following Committee(s) is designated School Board Ad Hoc Committee(s):

    1. Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee

      The School Site Selection Committee is an Ad Hoc School Board Committee that is appointed as needed to assist the School Board in considering proposals for new school sites and construction or renovation of existing schools at those sites. Once the School Board has accepted the final recommendations of the Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee, the Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee will be disbanded. An Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee will consist of a minimum of two School Board Members, two City Council Members, the Superintendent, the City Manager, at least one citizen member, the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction and such other Members as the Superintendent or the City Manager appoint. An Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee Chairman will be a School Board Member chosen by the Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee Members. An Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee may consider more than one school site selection if the School Board so authorizes the Ad Hoc School Site Selection Committee to do so.

  5. School Division Standing Committees with School Board Member Liaisons

    If requested by the Superintendent, the School Board may assign School Board Members to serve as Members of School Division Standing Committees. In those instances, the appointed School Board Members serve only as liaisons and have no authority to bind the School Board on any matter. The Superintendent shall provide a list of all School Division Committees to the School Board by June 1st of each year. The following Committees are designated as School Division Standing Committees with School Board Members assigned as liaisons:

    1. Equity Council

      The Equity Council addresses issues related to diverse populations and how the organizational climate contributes to fostering: greater student achievement; effective communication across all levels and with the greater community; honoring and listening to all voices; providing focused opportunities discussion, feedback, input and support to the implementation of Compass to 2020 and future School Board goals; reporting on all aspects of diversity and equity with a special focus on students of color; resources and support to further the work educational equity within the School Division. The Superintendent will designate a staff member to serve as the Chairman of the Equity Council. No more than two (2) School Board Members will be assigned as liaisons to the Equity Council.

  6. Outside Committees

    The School Board may assign School Board Members to represent the School Board on Outside Committees. In those instances, School Board Members have authority to bind the School Board for the limited purpose for which the Outside Committee exists. The Superintendent shall provide a list of all Outside Committees to the School Board by June 1st of each year. The School Board may appoint School Board Members to such Committees by majority vote. Outside Committees include, but are not limited to:

    1. Access - College Foundation
    2. Governor's School for the Arts
    3. Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
    4. SECEP - Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program
    5. VSBA - Virginia School Board Association Delegate Assembly
    6. Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association (HRETA) WHRO Educational Advisory Committee
    7. Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach

Adopted by School Board: July 21, 1992
Amended by School Board: April 19, 1994
Amended by School Board: January 3, 1995
Amended by School Board: August 17, 1999
Amended by School Board: February 20, 2001
Amended by School Board: August 7, 2001
Amended by School Board: August 21, 2001
Amended by School Board: May 28, 2002
Amended by School Board: August 6, 2002
Amended by School Board: July 15, 2008
Amended by School Board: December 2, 2008
Amended by School Board: December 15, 2015
Amended by School Board : August 2, 2016