File: BDA 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING 
 
For the purpose of organizing, the School Committee, in accordance with town charter (Sec. 8-8) "After the oath has been administered to the school committee present, they shall organize by the election of a chair and a vice-chair" both of whom will hold their respective offices until a successor is elected.  The Superintendent of Schools shall act as secretary of the School Committee.

A majority of the members of the School Committee will constitute a quorum.  The election will proceed as follows:
 
1. Nominations for the office of chair will be made from the floor.  The chair will be elected by a majority roll-call vote of the members present and voting.  If no nominee receives a majority vote, the election will be declared null and void and nominations will be reopened.  At the meeting the order of business shall be as follows:
 
a. Meeting called to order by the longest standing  School Committee member (per Town Charter, Sec. 8-8). 
b. Nomination and election of a chair, who assumes office at once and shall be sworn in by the town clerk, or, in the case of the absence of the town clerk, by any justice of the peace (per Town Charter, Sec. 8-8). 
c. Nomination and election of a vice chair, who assumes office at once. 
d. Determination of date and time of regular meetings. 
e. Adoption of rules and regulations. 
f. Adjournment.
 
2. Upon election, the new chair will preside, calling for the election of a vice-chair.  The procedure used for his/her election will be the same as that for electing the chair.
 
3. The vice chair shall perform the duties of the chair in his/her absence. 
 
4. Four members of the Committee present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A less number may adjourn to some definite date.
 
Any vacancy among the officers occurring between organizational meetings will be filled by a member elected by the School Committee. The election will be conducted as described above.

Following election of officers at its organizational meeting, the School Committee may proceed into such regular or special business as scheduled on the agenda.

Adopted:  MASC

1st Reading & approval:  June 13, 2013 [Policy Subcommittee]
2nd Reading & approval: June 25, 2013 [School Committee]