One of my colleagues recently brought to my attention what appears to be a common practice at more than a handful of school districts: allowing the minute clerk to go home when the board enters into executive session at a board meeting. Although minutes are required to be taken in executive session, the task can be performed by any person lawfully in executive session, so the minute clerk’s presence is therefore not mandated (that topic is covered by an Attorney General Opinion from 1997).
Relieving the clerk of his/her official duties is usually either done as a kindness, so that the clerk isn’t stuck waiting for a long executive session to end, or to avoid a potential overtime situation. No matter how benevolent or practical the reason may be, it has the potential to be problematic if no one finishes the minute-taking at that meeting when the board returns to open session or if someone does the job who isn’t legally authorized to act in such a capacity.
Will you use the same old methods that aren't successful, or will you change things up and "meet them where they are?"
In addition to our regularly scheduled professional development, our team has been actively visiting schools across the state to provide trainings by request.
It’s that season-evaluations are in and staff changes are in the air.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I love Google Apps and that we’re big users of their tools here at the OPSRC. Schools all over are buying into G Suite for Education because it’s effective for teachers and students but also because it provides incredible savings for districts.