Board Meeting Notice

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.

Thank you,

Tony Prothro, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Arkansas School Boards Association