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Posted June 15, 2010

Meet Your APS Board of Education

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The APS Board of Education makes decisions all the time that affect students and the way schools are run. For example, the board recently updated policies about student use of cell phones and other electronic devices, and another on college, military and job recruitment in schools. But what else does the board do, and how can you as parents get involved in the process? In this space each month, APS Parent News wants you to know your board and its members.

The board comprises seven members, people from all walks of life who devote their time to public service as elected officials. Special elections are held for school board member candidates, with the rules and timeframes outlined by New Mexico state statute. Board members serve alternating four-year terms.

The powers of the Board of Education lie in its action as a public body. Although a member of a board of education is a public officer, that person has no authority or power individually. By law, the Board of Education is charged with the employment of the superintendent, making policies and approving and oversight of the district’s $1.3 billion budget. The board and its individual members do not address personnel issues other than those related specifically to the superintendent. The board works with the superintendent to shape the strategic direction of the district based on eight district goals.

Each year, board members vote on who will serve as officers – president, vice president and secretary. They also select members who are not officers to serve as heads of the standing committees of the Board of Education.

How Can I Get More Involved?

Public Forum at the Regular Board of Education meeting
Anyone who wants to speak during the public forum portion of the regular Board of Education meeting may do so after submitting the public speaker form that is available between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on the meeting day in the designated sign-up area.

Comments are limited to either 2 minutes or 1 minute, depending on the number of speakers who sign up to speak. You also may submit your comments to the board in writing through the Board Services Office, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 100E, Albuquerque, NM 87110, or by e-mail at boarded@aps.edu.

If you would like to comment or share your concerns about policies the Board of Education is considering, email policyanalyst@aps.edu.

Meetings Information

  • Regular meetings – Regular meetings of the Board of Education are scheduled the first and third Wednesdays of every month, unless posted otherwise. These are public meetings where the business of the board is conducted and where the public may voice opinions or concerns during the Public Forum portion of the meeting.
  • Special meetings – Special meetings of the Board of Education are scheduled periodically to address the business of the board that is not already addressed at the regular meetings. Special meetings also provide a venue where board members can ask for and are given in-depth information on a variety of topics. Often, work studies on budget or instructional issues are scheduled during special meetings.
  • Emergency meetings – Emergency meetings are called to address issues that require immediate action to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and employees of the district, to protect the property of the district or to avoid substantial financial loss to the district.
  • Executive  session – The board may meet in an executive session in accordance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act and Open Meetings Resolution of the Board.
  • Committee meetings – Committees include Capital Outlay, Property and Technology; District Relations; Finance and Audit; and Policy and Instruction. The committees are responsible for addressing board business and work independently, but in collaboration with each other. Ad hoc committees and task force committees or commissions may be appointed by the president or the Board of Education as a group.

Notice of Board meetings –All meetings of the Board of Education, including committee meetings, comply with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Agendas - Agendas for all board meetings are prepared by using internal procedures and are posted in a manner that complies with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. No items may be added within 24 hours prior to the meeting that the agenda relates to; however, an item may be removed or moved to another position on the agenda by the board members at the time of the regular or special meeting before the agenda is accepted by the board members. See upcoming meeting agendas

Quorum of the Board – Four board members comprise a quorum for the transaction of board business at a regular, special, closed or emergency meeting.  A quorum must be present for action to be taken.

Voting procedures – All board members may vote on any matter coming before it, unless a conflict of interest exists. Board members cannot vote by proxy. They may participate in a board or committee meeting by telephone in accordance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Minutes – Draft minutes of each board or committee meeting are prepared within 10 working days after the meeting to which they pertain. Minutes are distributed according to the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. See past meeting minutes

Public Attendance – Regular, special, emergency and committee meetings are open to the public. Executive sessions are those meetings that fall under specific guidelines in the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

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