Inside a School Board Meeting
School board meetings are held for the purpose of setting or amending district policies; acting on recommendations by the Superintendent on matters ranging from personnel to maintenance of facilities; adopting a budget; and authorizing the spending of budgeted funds.
The agenda for each meeting is posted on the district website on the Friday prior to the meeting. Reminders are posted via social media. Meetings are held at Midtown Center Meeting Room 1505 North 5th Street Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814. The Board of Trustees meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 pm, unless otherwise posted. Generally, the third Monday of the month will be set aside for special meetings, workshops and/or forums as needed. See our website for a current list: www.cdaschools.org/boardmeetings
Legal control of Coeur d’Alene School District 271 is vested in five Trustees, elected to staggered four-year terms by district residents. Board members volunteer their time and service on a regular basis to make decisions in the best interest of our schools and students. The board sets district policies and budgets, approves educational programs, makes decisions about curriculum and textbook adoptions, and assures adherence to the district's Strategic Direction. Elections are held in November of odd-numbered years.
Addressing the Board
The Board of Trustees works for the students, parents, and stakeholders of the district, and community input is always welcome. Suggestions can help the board meet the challenge of continuous improvement. Citizens may speak during public comment time set aside on the monthly meeting agenda. This is the time to make your view known about a specific item being discussed prior to action being taken by the board. The Clerk of the Board maintains a sign-up sheet just prior to the start of the meeting. Those with written testimony or handouts to share are asked to supply six copies to the clerk. Speakers are limited to three minutes. Additional comments may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups representing a consistent viewpoint are strongly encouraged to select one spokesperson to address the board.
Board Response to Issues
Many issues require review and deliberation by the board prior to decisions being made. Immediate answers usually cannot be rendered. During a meeting, the board will listen to citizens and may ask or answer questions, but will not make a decision without fully reviewing all available facts on the matter.
The standard agenda format used for most Coeur d’Alene Public Schools monthly meetings is as follows:
I Executive Session - Closed to Public
II Regular Session - Open to Public
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Approval of Agenda & Possible Addendum
3. Approval of Minutes
5. High School Student Body Reports
6. Coeur d’Alene Education Association Report
7. Public Comment
8. Board of Trustees Comment
9. Approval of Consent Agenda Items
10. Board Business:
a. Consideration of Action Items
b. Consideration of Information Items
c. Board Reports
Typical of any large organization, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools faces numerous routine tasks at each at the meeting. The Consent Agenda allows for a single vote resolution for matters such as purchases, personnel, student discipline data, contracts and other routine items.
Can't Make It?
All monthly board meetings are recorded and available on our website for later viewing at www.cdaschool.org/archive. These recorded meetings are also broadcast on CDATV Channel 19 [Time Warner/Spectrum]. You may request an audio or video recording of a regular board meeting for a fee via email to email@example.com.
Executive Sessions, Workshops & Other Meetings
The public is invited to attend all open meetings, workshops, and community forums of the Board of Trustees. Occasionally closed Executive Sessions may be held to consider such items as employment, labor negotiations, real estate purchases, student discipline, or complaints against staff. No Executive Session may be held for the purpose of taking final action or making any final decision. Community stakeholders are notified of workshops and other public meetings via public notice flyers, the district website, and social media.