Board Meetings

Questions? Please contact: Lisa Waddell, School Board Treasurer & Secretary 641-377-2284 lwaddell@colo-nesco.k12.ia.us

Regular (Open) MeetingSpecial MeetingWorkshop Meeting
The regular meeting time and date will be set by the board at its organizational meeting. The regular

meetings of the board will be held on the third Monday of each month. The board reserves the right to change meeting dates provided enough time can be given to meet open meetings laws.
Meetings will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The board will adhere to this meeting date and time unless the b

oard requires additional meetings or, due to circumstances that prohibit a quorum or other extenuating circumstances, and the meeting will be re-scheduled at the board's convenience. Public notice of the meetings will be given.
t may be necessary for the board to conduct a special meeting in addition to the regularly scheduled board meeting. Special meetings may be called by the president of the board or by the board secretary at the request of a majority of the board.

Should a special meeting be called, public notice will be given.
If the special meeting called is an emergency meeting and the board cannot give public notice in its usual manner, the board will give public notice of the meeting as soon as practical and possible in light of the situation. Emergency meetings will only be held when an issue cannot wait twenty-four hours necessary for a special meeting. The reason for the emergency meeting and why notice in its usual manner could not be given will be stated in the minutes.

Only the purpose or issue for which the special meeting was called may be discussed and decided in the special meeting. The board will strictly adhere to the agenda for the special meeting and action on other
issues will be reserved for the next regular or special board meeting
The board, as a decision making body, is confronted with a continuing flow of problems, issues and needs which require action. While the board is determined to expedite its business, it is also mindful of the importance of planning, brainstorming and thoughtful discussion without action. Therefore, the board may schedule work sessions and retreats in order to provide its members and the administration with such opportunities. The board has the authority to hire an outside facilitator to assist them in work sessions.

Topics for discussion and study will be announced publicly, and work sessions and retreats will be conducted in open session. No board action will take place at the work session.

Closed Session Information

Closed sessions take place as part of an open meeting. The item for discussion in the closed session will be
listed as part of the tentative agenda on the public notice.
Reasons for the board entering into a closed session from an open meeting include, but are not limited to,
the following:
1. To review or discuss records which are required or authorized by state or federal law to be kept
confidential or to be kept confidential as a condition for the board’s possession or receipt of federal
funds.
2. To discuss strategy with legal counsel in matters presently in litigation, or where litigation is
imminent, if disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the board.
3. To discuss whether to conduct a hearing, or conduct a hearing for suspension or expulsion of a
student, unless an open meeting is requested by the student or the parent of the student.
4. To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or
discharge is being considered when a closed session is necessary to prevent needless and irreparable
injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session.
5. To discuss the purchase of particular real estate, but only when premature disclosure could be
reasonably expected to increase the price the board would have to pay for the property.