The School will normally meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month except when necessary to alter the schedule due to conflicts with holidays.
The starting time for regular board meetings is 7 p.m.
The School Board may also call additional meetings on an as needed basis. Wisconsin's open meeting law requires posting of these meetings, including notification to the media, at least 24 hours in advance, except in the case of an emergency. Most special meetings begin at 7 p.m., although they may be scheduled on any day, at any time.
The board may also schedule executive sessions, either preceding or following another board meeting or at a separate time. Executive sessions permit the board to meet in closed session, in accordance with the exceptions to Wisconsin's open meeting law contained in Chapter 19.85(1) of the state statutes. The board must first convene in open session and entertain a motion to go into executive session; this motion must stipulate the purpose of the executive session.
In addition to these meetings, which require public notice, board members also receive many invitations to attend school and district functions.
Board members need to exercise caution when meeting in an unofficial capacity. When attending school functions, or even at social events, if more than three board members are present, they must avoid discussing any board-related information. If four or more School Board members are present, that constitutes a quorum and, therefore, any discussions of school issues could be considered a violation of the open meeting law if a meeting notice is not published.
The first part of each School Board meeting is the approval of the Consent Agenda, followed by action items, i.e., those items on which the School Board is expected to vote that night. Following are reports to the board which are information purposes. Public comment on non-agenda items is accepted at the beginning and end of the meeting. Public comment on agenda items is accepted after each section of the agenda.
The order for both action items and reports to the board normally is as follows:
- Buildings & Grounds
- Business Services
- Human Resources
- Student Learning
- Student Services
- Other Business
- Superintendent's Report
All School Board meetings are called to order and begin with a moment of silent reflection.
The School Board generally follows Robert's Rules of Order, except as superceded by board policy of past practice. For instance, the board generally introduces policies one month and votes upon them the next, allowing time for public input and discussion.
In March 2001, the School Board adopted a Code of Conduct for teh board. The code covered the areas of: Laws and Regulations; Mutual Respect; Trust; Character; Responsibility; and Improvement.
Recorded copies (DVD) of board meetings may be borrowed for overnight viewing from the Superintendent's Office, located at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave. Call (414) 773-1010 to reserve a copy.
The School Board holds semiannual retreats. These are publicly posted meetings that typically are held over a weekend. Extended time periods allow board members to discuss goals and plans for future district initiatives.
Broadcast of Meetings
All regular School Board meetings are recorded and later rebroadcast on the school district's cable TV channel 13. Special meetings may also be broadcast at the board's request. Click here for Cable Channel 13 broadcast schedule.