OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
The Bossier Parish School Board shall elect one of its members to serve as President and one to serve as Vice-President for the subsequent year, each to be elected one time in a four-year period. At the first meeting in December, candidates for President and Vice-President shall present their names for consideration. Voting shall be held at the final meeting in December.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the School Board and shall call special meetings when required. He/she shall sign with the Superintendent, the minutes and other official documents which require the signature of the President. The President shall assign a person to chair each standing committee. The committee chair shall appoint committee members. The President may also appoint ad hoc committees and may change Board member seating assignments for Board meetings during his/her term. He/she shall perform other duties as prescribed by law, School Board policy, or by assignment of the School Board. In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her death, or his or her inability or failure to act, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of the President.
If the President and Vice-President are absent from a meeting at which a quorum is present, the Superintendent shall preside until the members elect one of their members to serve as President for that meeting.
The Superintendent shall serve as the secretary and treasurer of the School Board. As secretary, he/she shall conduct all correspondence of the School Board, keep and preserve all its records, receive all reports required by the School Board, and see that such reports are in proper form, complete and accurate. He/she shall announce all meetings, prepare the agenda of all meetings, and attend all meetings of the School Board and of its committees. In case the Secretary is absent, the Superintendent may designate another member of the School Board, or another employee, to act as secretary.
As treasurer, the Superintendent shall have the authority to sign and execute any and all documents associated with all transactions duly approved by the School Board. He/she shall also be designated as the official custodian of all funds to which the School Board is entitled by law and shall be responsible for the proper safeguarding and accounting for all such funds.
The treasurer shall issue a receipt for any monies coming into his or her hands and deposit such monies in accordance with the laws governing the deposit of public funds. He/she shall issue such warrants in payment of expenses lawfully incurred on behalf of the School Board; but, except as otherwise provided by law, the treasurer shall issue warrants only after proper allowance or approval by the School Board.
For each school year, the treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful performance of duties; said bond to be written by an insurance company licensed to do business in the State of Louisiana and in an amount to be determined by the School Board. The treasurer shall be responsible under such bond for the faithful performance of duties as treasurer. The School Board shall pay the premium of the bond.
The President shall have the discretionary authority to appoint a parliamentarian to serve at School Board meetings who shall assist in the orderly conduction of meetings.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Election of the President and Vice-President shall be by roll call vote, unless a single member has been nominated for an office, in which event the nominee shall be elected by acclamation. In the case of a tie vote, voting shall continue until the tie is broken. Those elected shall assume the responsibilities of office immediately.
Filling of Vacancies
A vacancy in the office of President or Vice-President shall be filled by election in the manner set forth above at the next regular or special meeting called for that purpose. All persons so elected shall serve for the remainder of the term of the officer he/she is succeeding.
Revised: September 15, 2016
Revised: February 15, 2018
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:54, 17:55, 17:56, 17:83, 17:91, 17:95
Board minutes, 9-15-16, 2-15-18
Bossier Parish School Board