It is the desire of the Natchitoches Parish School Board that meetings shall be formal enough for orderly procedure, but informal enough to be natural, to encourage free discussion, and to promote group thinking and action.  In matters of procedures not covered by law, Board policy, or the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), meetings of the Board shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.  The President shall be entitled to discuss and vote on all matters before the Board.


The President of the Board, or, in his/her absence, the Vice-President, shall conduct all meetings.  In the absence of both, the Superintendent shall preside until the Board elects an acting chairperson.  The presiding officer shall recognize members of the Board who wish to be heard in the order that he/she deems advisable.  No member of the Board shall speak without having first been recognized.  Any member, however, who feels that he/she is being unfairly treated may appeal to the Board to be heard immediately.  Such appeal may be made at any time, without prior recognition by the Chair, and shall be voted on immediately.  Upon a favorable majority vote of the entire Board, he/she shall be heard prior to the transaction of any other business.


Each Board member shall be given an opportunity to express without interruption, his/her views on any one subject.  The time a member may have to speak on a subject may be set by the President or a consensus of the Board, whenever deemed necessary.  The Board shall suspend the procedures under which it conducts its meetings upon approval of a majority of the Board's membership.


Public participation in Board meetings shall be permitted during the public comment period.  Other persons may be recognized in Board meetings upon approval of the Board.  The President of the Board shall have complete authority to remove any person(s) who willfully disrupts a meeting to the extent that orderly conduct of the meeting can not be maintained.


Revised:  August, 1997



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 42:15


Natchitoches Parish School Board