From: Tony Prothro, Executive Director, Arkansas School Boards Association
To: Arkansas School Board Presidents and Superintendents
Date: March 12, 2020 Subject: Board Meeting Notice
Subject: Board Meeting Notice
We have had calls expressing concerns about having school board meetings in light of growing concerns about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Some officials have asked the requirements of monthly board meetings. ASBA attorneys Kristen Garner and Lucas Harder have prepared the information below to address board member and administrator questions:
As you are aware, A.C.A. § 6-13-619 requires school boards to meet “monthly, during the school term.” However, the law does not prescribe any penalty or legal consequence if a school board does not, in fact, meet monthly.
While A.C.A. § 6-13-619 provides an option for school boards to adopt a policy allowing for board members to attend meetings remotely and to allow the use of remotely attending board members to be used to establish a quorum up to three times per board in a calendar year, the statute requires that a physical place be provided for the public to be able to witness the meeting; as this does not help in preventing the spread of the virus, we would not recommend using the option unless absolutely necessary.
Tony Prothro, Ed.D.
Arkansas School Boards Association