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ELECTION AND DUTIES OF PRESIDENT
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Election of the President (and Vice President)
The Board of Education shall organize by electing one of its members as President and another as Vice President.
Any member may place a member’s name in nomination; a second is not required. Election for each office will be conducted by roll call vote when the nominations for that office are closed. The candidate receiving the votes of a majority of Board members will be elected to office. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a second election shall be conducted between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Officers shall serve for one year and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.
An officer who refuses to perform a duty imposed upon him/her by law may be removed by a majority vote of the full Board.
The Board shall fill a vacancy in either office within thirty days of the occurrence of the vacancy.
Duties of the President
The president shall preside at all meetings of the board and shall perform other duties as directed by statute, state department of education regulations, and this board. In carrying out these responsibilities, the president shall:
A. Sign the instruments, acts, and orders necessary to carry out state requirements and the will of the board;
B. Consult with the superintendent on the board's agendas;
C. Appoint board committees and chairpersons;
D. Call such meetings of the board as he/she may deem necessary upon at least two days' notice;
E. Be an ex officio member of all board committees;
F. Confer with the superintendent on crucial matters which may occur between board meetings;
G. Be responsible for the orderly conduct of all board meetings.
As the presiding officer at all meetings of the board, the president shall:
A. Call the meeting to order at the appointed time;
B. Announce the business to come before the board in its proper order;
C. Enforce the board's policies relating to the order of business and the conduct of meetings;
D. Recognize persons who desire to speak, and protect the speaker who has the floor from disturbance or interference;
E. Explain what the effect of a motion would be if it is not clear to every member;
F. Restrict discussion to the question when a motion is before the board;
G. Answer all parliamentary inquiries, referring questions of law to the board's attorney;
H. Put motions to a vote, stating definitely and clearly the vote and result thereof.
The president shall have the right, as other board members have, to offer resolutions, to discuss questions, and to vote.
Date: December 18, 1989
Revised: March 8, 2010
NJSBA Review/Update: January 2008
Readopted: April 14, 2008
N.J.S.A. 18A:6‑20 The right to testify; counsel; witnesses; compulsory process
N.J.S.A. 18A:6‑54 Representative assembly; organization; election of board of directors and officers (educational services commission)
N.J.S.A. 18A:13‑12 Organization of boards; failure to organize
N.J.S.A. 18A:15‑1 President and vice president; election or failure to elect
N.J.S.A. 18A:15‑2 Removal of president or vice president; vacancies
N.J.S.A. 18A:19‑1 Expenditure of funds on warrant only; requisites
N.J.S.A. 18A:19‑9 Compensation of teachers, etc., payrolls
N.J.S.A. 18A:54‑18 Organization of boards of education (county vocational schools)
N.J.A.C. 6A:32‑3.1 Special meetings of district boards of education