Trustees are assigned by the Chair as members of one of the two standing committees, Education Policy and Directions, and Operations Policy and Planning. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Committee Chair, with input from senior administration. Trustees are not required to attend Standing Committee if not assigned, and some don’t. Standing Committee structure operates on less formal Rules of Order than does the Board, ie. no need for a seconder for a motion, and a Trustee can speak as many times as desired. The question can’t be called in a standing committee.
Robert’s Rules of Order 11th Edition: Debate on the Question p 42 / p 43: “Speakers must address their remarks to the Chair. Debate must be confined to the merits of the pending question. ..and…should avoid injecting a personal tone into debate. …they must never attack or make any allusion to the motives of members.” // p 392: “The measure, not the member, is the subject of debate.”
Operations Policy and Planning Standing Committee
Chair Leonard; McNally, Paynter, Watters (ex officio Loring-Kuhanga – vote but not counted for quorum)
Education Policy and Directions
Chair Nohr; Ferris, Orcherton, Whiteaker (ex officio Loring-Kuhanga – vote but not counted for quorum)
Policy Review Subcommittee (advises both Standing Committees)
March-June Leonard/Watters Sept-Dec Nohr/Whiteaker
Jan17-March/ April McNally-Paynter
For OPPs and Ed Policy, “quorum is a majority of trustee members on the committee”. However, the relevant Bylaw also says “All members of the Operations Policy and Planning Committee shall be ex officio members of the Education Policy Development Committee with voting rights”. So assigned Trustees are the ones who count for quorum = 3.
External Trustee Liaison assignments are made by the Board Chair. BCSTA and BCPSEA Reps: report as needed. Internal Committees report 2x school year (December and June). Community Appointments report to the Board (hard copy included in agenda) 1x a school year.