2000 - Board Operations

2342 Voting Methods

Voting will normally be by show of hands on all matters coming before the Board of Education for action. Any Board Member may call for a division, in which case the vote will be by voice vote. The minutes will reflect the vote of each Board Member voting and the abstention of any member present but not voting, unless the vote is unanimous.  The Chairperson will vote only to break a tie  (Board Policy, 2210). 

In the event a Board Member cannot be in attendance at the Board Meeting due to extenuating circumstances, a majority of the Board Members can vote to allow the absent Board Member to participate by conference telephone or other electronic means.  The method for participating must allow the absent Board Member to hear the proceedings at the meeting and allow the Board members and audience (if applicable) to hear what the absent Board member says and how he or she votes.   

A Board Member must vote on all issues unless the Member has a conflict of interest or is unable to remain impartial in a judicial matter before the Board. If a Board Member recuses himself or herself from a vote, the Member will state the reason before the vote is taken and the reason will be recorded in the minutes.

No secret ballots are permitted. If the Board of Education decides, by majority vote, to vote by written ballot, each Member must sign his or her ballot and the ballots must be available for public inspection in the Superintendent’s office immediately following the meeting and until the minutes are approved. The minutes of the meeting must specify the vote of each Member’s written ballot. The ballots may be destroyed after the minutes of the meeting have been approved.







Legal References:
G.S. 143-318.13; Crump v. Board of Education, 93 N.C. App. 168, aff’d, 326 N.C. 603 (1990); N.C. Attorney General Advisory Opinion, 54 Op. Att’y. Gen. 86 (1985)
Cross References:
Board Member Conflict of Interest (policy 2121)
Monday, 12 March 2012
Last Updated:
Monday, 08 April 2013