Adoption Date: 8/23/1973, Revised: 7/19/1994; 12/20/11; 1/23/18
1000 - BY-LAWS


All Board of Education meetings must be open to the public except those portions of the meetings which qualify as executive sessions. A "meeting" is defined as an official convening of a public body for the purpose of conducting public business and a "public body" is defined as an entity of two (2) or more persons which requires a quorum to conduct business, including committees and subcommittees. Reasonable efforts shall be made to ensure that all meetings are held in an appropriate facility which can adequately accommodate any and all members of the public who wish to attend.

If a Board meeting has been scheduled at least one week before it occurs, there must be at least seventy-two (72) hours advance notice in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Law. Notice of Board meetings scheduled less than a week in advance shall be given as soon as is practicable in accordance with law.  When the District has the ability to do so, notice of the time and place of a meeting shall be conspicuously posted on the District's internet website.  

If videoconferencing is used to conduct a meeting, the public notice for the meeting shall inform the public that videoconferencing will be used, identify the locations for the meeting, and state that the public has the right to attend the meeting at any of the locations.

Regular meetings of the Board of Education of Brockport Central District shall take place on the day and time designated by the Board at the Annual Reorganizational Meeting, except as modified at subsequent meetings of the Board.  

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to prepare the agenda and review it with the Board President for each meeting of the Board. The agenda for each meeting shall be prepared during the week prior to the meeting. The agenda shall be distributed to Board members no later than the Friday before such regular meeting. Whenever the President or other members of the Board wish to bring a matter to the attention of the Board, such request should be made to the Superintendent so that the same can be placed on the agenda. Whenever individuals or groups wish to bring a matter to the attention of the Board, such request shall be addressed to the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall present such matter to the Board.

The District Clerk shall notify the members of the Board of Education in advance of each regular meeting. Such notice, in writing, shall include an agenda and the time of the meeting. 

In the event that a meeting date falls on a legal holiday, interferes with other area meetings, or there is an inability to attend the meeting by Board members to the extent that a quorum would not be present, the Board shall select a date for a postponed meeting at the previous regular meeting, and shall direct the District Clerk to notify all members. 

Any meeting of the Board may be adjourned to a given future date and hour if voted by a majority of the Board present.

The Superintendent and members of his/her staff at the Superintendent's discretion shall attend all meetings of the Board. The Superintendent shall attend all executive session meetings of the Board except those that concern his/her evaluation, employment status, and salary determination. The Board may request the attendance of such additional persons as it desires. At its discretion, the Board may invite visitors to its meetings to participate in the Board's discussion of matters on the agenda.  

Recordings of Meetings

The Board recognizes that advances in technology allow public meetings to be photographed, broadcast, webcast, and/or otherwise recorded, by means of audio or video, in a non-disruptive manner and supports the use of such technology to facilitate the open communication of public business.  To that end, the Board may adopt rules addressing the location of the equipment and/or personnel used to photograph, broadcast, webcast, and/or record such meetings to assure that its proceedings are conducted in an orderly manner.  Such rules shall be conspicuously posted during meetings and written copies provided, upon request, to meeting attendees.

Public Comment at Meetings

The Board of Education welcomes public comment, and shall set aside a specific portion of its agenda for such comment; provided, however, the President may, at his/her discretion, dispense with the public comment period to enable the Board to address other business as appropriate. Members of the public wishing to speak shall have the privilege of the floor for a maximum of  five (5) minutes, and shall address their comments to the President. Responses to specific questions shall be provided in a timely fashion by appropriate District personnel.

No person may initiate complaints against specific individuals or challenge instructional materials used in the District at a Board meeting. Any complaints regarding an employee or a student of the District, or instructional materials used in the District, shall be referred to the Superintendent.


The quorum for any meeting shall be four (4) members.  No formal action shall be taken at any Board meeting at which a quorum is not present.  When only a quorum exists, the Board shall act by unanimous vote unless otherwise required by the laws of the State of New York.  

Use of Parliamentary Procedure

The business of the Board of Education shall be conducted in accordance with the authoritative principles of parliamentary procedure as found in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.   

Policy References:
Public Officers Law Article 7, Section 103(d), 104,
and 107
Education Law Section 1708 and 2504
General Construction Law Section 41 


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