The school board meeting is the most important event in the administration of public schools.
The school board meeting is where school board members discuss and take action on a variety of matters involving the district. These matters include developing and revising policies, approving fundraisers, hiring new employees, approving school purchases, authorizing payroll, approving bids, modifying contracts and much more.
A number of laws regulate how your meetings can be conducted. This publication aims to explain school board meetings in a simple manner, with as little legalese as possible. The information in this publication comes from years of combined experience of the legal department of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA), both present and past.
The information in this guide is not meant to replace information provided by your district’s retained counsel. OSSBA regularly encourages school boards to consult their retained counsel to ensure compliance with the law.