Inside a School Board Meeting

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    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. Visit our YouTube channel for a list of board meetings. Click here to view CDA Public Schools YouTube List of Monthly Board Meetings

    Overview

    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 marianne.southwick@cdaschools.org. Groups representing a consistent viewpoint are strongly encouraged to select one spokesperson to address the board.

    Can't Make It?

    All monthly board meetings are recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Click here to view CDA Public Schools YouTube List of Monthly Board Meetings. These recorded meetings are also broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 1301.  Here's the link to the daily program schedule that includes our school board meetings:https://www.cdaid.org/Forms/GetTvSchedule/16

    You may request an audio or video recording of a regular board meeting for a fee via email to marianne.southwick@cdaschools.org

    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.