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Meetings of the Board Policy 112.00

Johnson County Community College
Series: 100 Board of Trustees
Section: Meetings of the Board

Cross-Reference: Special Meetings of the Board Operating Procedure 112.01

1. Organizational Meeting

The organization of the Board, including selection of Board officers and committee members, will be voted upon by the Board annually, and officers, committee members and liaisons will take their positions in January of each year.

Modifications to the Board officers and committee members may be voted upon periodically: by majority vote to fill vacancies or to address unforeseen scheduling conflicts of Board members, or by a vote of five (5) members of the Board as otherwise deemed necessary.

2. Regular Meetings

The Board of Trustees shall meet at least once each month at regularly scheduled meetings. Formal Board action may be taken at any regularly scheduled meeting or special meeting on any item listed in the Board's agenda or on any item which the Board by majority vote adds to the agenda at the meeting. The regular meeting date and time may be changed by majority consent of the Board of Trustees. Board members may attend regular or special meetings via telephone, videoconference or other available technology for attending remotely, and should make arrangements to do so prior to the Board meeting. Recording of any meeting is discouraged as disruptive, duplicative of professional taping and a potential contradiction to Code of Conduct tenets. 

3. Special Meetings

The Board of Trustees may schedule special meetings as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the College. A special meeting of the Board may be called by the Board Chair or by a majority of the members of the Board. The Board maintains procedures for determining how a special meeting may be called by a Board majority (see Special Meetings of the Board Operating Procedure). Notice of special meetings shall be provided as required by College Policy and state law.

4. Study Sessions/Workshops/Retreats

The Board may meet informally with College employees to familiarize itself with various aspects of College operations. At any time that a quorum of the Board is expected to be present, the meetings will be handled in compliance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (K.S.A. 75-4317 et seq.). Such meetings may be open. However, no official Board action will be taken on College business except at regular or special meetings designated for such purpose.

5. Agenda

The President of the College, in consultation with the Chair of the Board, will prepare the agenda for all regular and special meetings of the Board. Provision will be made for open forum communications from interested citizens. Unless by majority consent of all members present, Board action will take place only on items on the agenda. Members desiring to have an item placed on the agenda should notify the Chair at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. The agenda and related Board packet for each regular board meeting will be delivered to each Board member at least four working days prior to the meeting time, and subsequent additions to the agenda will be communicated as soon as reasonably possible. The agenda and related Board packet for special meetings will be made available to Board members at or prior to the Board meeting as time permits.

6. Notice of Meeting

Notice of the date, time and place of any regular or special meeting of the Board will be furnished to any person requesting such information.

7. Quorum

A majority of duly qualified and serving Board members shall be a quorum for conducting business at official Board sessions. A majority vote of the quorum will constitute Board action.

8. Procedure During Meetings

a. The Secretary will record the name of the Trustee initiating and seconding each motion. The disposition of each motion including the vote of each member will be recorded.

b. The Board may expect split votes on controversial issues. On such occasions it is expected that all Board members will actively support all official actions of the Board.

c. The absence of a Board member from any official meeting will be recorded in the minutes.

d. Parliamentary authority will be Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

9. Executive Session

a. Conduct of executive sessions shall be in accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Upon formal motion made, seconded and carried, the Board may recess to an executive session. Any motion to recess for an executive session shall include: a statement of the justification for closing the meeting, the subjects to be discussed during the executive session, the individuals invited to attend, the time and place at which the open meeting shall resume, and such other items as required by State law. Such motion, including the required statement, shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting and shall be maintained as part of the permanent records of the Board. Discussion during the executive session shall be limited to those subjects stated in the motion. In order to protect confidentiality, executive sessions shall not be taped or otherwise recorded, and attendance by telephone or other available technology will be permitted only if the attendance is verified as secure and is pre-approved by the Chair with reasonable advanced notice.

b. The only subjects which may be discussed at any executive meeting are those enumerated in the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which generally include:

(1) The following matters relating to individual nonelected personnel: hiring, termination of employment and other forms of discipline, performance evaluations and complaints and grievances against such personnel;

(2) Consultation with an attorney for the College which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship;

(3) Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations, whether or not in consultation with the representative or representatives of the College;

(4) Matters relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a person as a student, except that any such student shall have the right to a public hearing if requested by the person;

(5) Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property; and

(6) Matters relating to the security of the College or its buildings, facilities, or information systems, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of the College, or such buildings, facilities or information systems.

(7) All other subjects or activities permitted by Kansas law to be the subject of an executive session.

c. No binding action shall be taken during executive sessions.

10. Authority of Members of the Board of Trustees

The Board members have authority for official Board action only during official meetings. No member of the Board shall have the power to act in the name of the Board unless authorized to do so by the majority of the Board in an official meeting.


Date of Adoption:
Revised: 03/23/1992, 08/04/1992, 04/15/1993, 05/26/1993, 06/16/1994, 07/20/1995, 07/13/2000, 09/17/2009, 01/18/2018