North Knox School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies



Parliamentary Authority


The parliamentary authority governing the School Board shall be Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised in all cases in which it is not inconsistent with statute, administrative code, or these bylaws, or the rules of order of this Board.





Three (3) members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum, and no business shall be conducted in the absence of a quorum.



Presiding Officer


The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board. In the absence, disability, or disqualification of the President, the Vice President shall act in his/her stead; if neither person is available, any member shall be designated by a plurality of those present to preside. The act of any person so designated shall be legal and binding.






Regular Meetings


The Board shall hold a meeting on a date and at a time and place determined annually by a resolution of the Board.



Special Meetings


Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or the Superintendent provided there is compliance with the notice provision of these Bylaws.


Emergency Meetings


In the event of a severe and imminent threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the Corporation, its employees, or students, any member of the Board, or the Superintendent may call an emergency session if it can be shown that delay would be detrimental to efforts to lessen or respond to the threat. No formal notice to Board members of any emergency meeting shall be required, but the press and public shall be notified.


I.C. 20-5-3-2, 5-14-1.5



Meeting of the Board Defined


As used in these by-laws, "meeting" means a gathering of a majority of Board members for the purpose of taking "official action" as defined at I.C. 5-14-1.5-2 (d) on public business. The term "meeting" does not include the following:



A social or chance gathering not intended to avoid the principles of the Indiana Open Door law set forth in I.C. 5-14-1.5-1.



An on-site inspection of a project, program, or facility of applicants for incentives or assistance from the Board.



Traveling to and attending meetings of organizations devoted to betterment of government.



A caucus as defined at I.C. 5-14-1.5-2 (h).



A gathering to discuss an industrial or a commercial prospect that does not include a conclusion as to recommendations, policy, decisions, or final action on the terms of a request or an offer of public financial resources.



An orientation of members of the Board on their role and responsibilities as public officials, but not for any other official action.



A gathering of Board members for the sole purpose of administering the oath of office specified in I.C. 20-25-4-2 to a Board member or members.



Collective bargaining discussions that the Board engages in directly with the exclusive representative of a bargaining unit consisting of Board employees. This exception from the definition of a "meeting" of the Board applies only when the Board has not appointed an agent or agents to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of the Board. A committee appointed by the Board or the Board President to conduct collective bargaining shall not constitute a "governing body" subject to the Open Door Law (I.C. 5-14-1/5-2 (b) (3) and (c) (8).


Adopted 3/14/14



Notice of Board Meetings


The Board will give notice of regular, special and emergency Board meetings to Board members, news media, and the general public in compliance with Indiana law on the organization and operation of the governing body of a school corporation and the Open Door Law.


As used in this bylaw, "legal Holiday" means a day listed in I.C. 1-119.1.


Notice of any meeting of the Board shall also contain the following statement:


"The Boardís meeting site is fully accessible to all persons. Any person requiring further accommodation should contact the central office with the School Corporationís administrative office at 812-735-4434.


Revised 3/14/14



Regular Meetings


As used in this bylaw, "regular meeting" means a meeting of the Board held in compliance with a schedule of meetings approved by the Board at its annual organizational meeting. Notice need not be given to a Board member for holding or taking any action at a regular meeting.


Public notice of regular Board meetings will be given only once a year by posting a copy of the notice at the administrative offices of the School Corporation and delivering notice to all news media which submit an annual written request for such notice for the next calendar year to the Board on or before December 31st of the preceding calendar year.


In addition to notice of regular meetings to the news media, the Board shall give public notice to persons who give the Board a written request for notice of meetings not later than December 31 of the preceding calendar year. The Board shall give this notice by email or by publishing notice of regular meetings on the Boardís Internet at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.


Changes in the Date, Time, or Place of a Regular Meeting and Notice Required; Notice of Executive Sessions and Reconvened Meetings


Additional notice of a regular meeting shall be given by the Board if the date, time, or place of a regular meeting is changed. Notice to the public of a change in the date, time, or place of a regular Board meeting, executive session, or any rescheduled or reconvened meeting shall be given at least forty-eight (48) hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) before the meeting is to convene by posting a copy of the notice at the administrative offices of the School Corporation and delivering notice to all news media which submit an annual written request for such notice for the next calendar year to the Board on or before December 31st of the preceding calendar year. With the exception of executive sessions, this requirement does not apply to reconvened meetings where announcement of the date, time, and place of the reconvened meeting is to be made at the original meeting and recorded in the memoranda and minutes of the meeting if there is no change in the agenda.


Notice to the news media under this section shall be given by depositing the notice in the United States mail with first class postage prepaid, transmitting the notice by email, or transmitting the notice by facsimile (fax).


Revised 3/14/14


Notice of Special Board Meetings


A "special meeting" of the Board is a meeting other than a regular meeting on a schedule of regular meetings established at the Boardís annual organizational meeting. At a special meeting, the Board may take any action permitted at a regular meeting. Executive sessions are excluded from this definition.


Authority to Call a Special Meeting


A special meeting of the Board must be held when called by the President or Superintendent. The call must be evidenced by a written notice specifying the date, time, and place of the special meeting. Special meeting must be held at the regular meeting place of the Board.


Notice to Board Members of Special Meeting


A copy of notice of a special meeting shall be served upon each member of the Board so that it is received by the Board member at least seventy-two (72) hours before the special meeting is to convene. This notice shall be given by delivering written notice to the member personally or by mail or telegram. Notice may be given by email or facsimile if the member agrees to receive notice in this form. If each member of the Board has waived notice of the special meeting, notice of the meeting to Board members is not necessary.


Waiver of notice of a special meeting by a Board member may be given by the memberís presence at the special meeting or the memberís execution of a written waiver of notice of the date, time, and place of the special meeting, executed either before or after the special meeting. If waiver of notice of a special meeting is executed by a board member after the meeting, the waiver also must state in general terms the purpose of the special meeting. If a waiver specifies that the waiver was executed before the meeting, third persons are entitled to rely on the statement.


Notice to the Public and News Media of Special Meeting


Notice to the public and news media of a special meeting shall state the date, time, and place of the special meeting and the business to be transacted, as well as the name, address, and telephone number of the School Corporationís administrative office. This notice shall be given at least forty-eight (48) hours before the special meeting convenes, excluding Saturdayís, Sundayís, and legal holidays.


Revised 3/14/14



Notice of Emergency Meetings


The Board may meet to address an actual or threatened emergency involving injury to person or property or actual or threatened disruption of the operation of the School Corporation. The notice requirements of the Open Door Law do not apply to a Board meeting, convened to address an emergency, but news media which have requested notice of meetings must be given the same notice as is given to Board members without charge, and the public must be notified by posting a copy of the notice at the administrative offices of the School Corporation and on the School Corporationís Internet website.


Revised 5/25/10


Revised 3/14/14



Notice Requirements Established by Other Statutes


Any notice requirements for a Board meeting or hearing before the Board established by the Open Door Law (I.C. 5-14-1.5) or this bylaw shall not serve to shorten or otherwise modify the content or timing of notice required by another statute or policy. For example, I.C. 5-3-1.2 establishes a ten (10) day minimum notice period for public hearings held by the Board on certain contract matters.


I.C. 20-26-4-3 Notice of meetings to Board members


I.C. 5-14-1.5 Open Door Law notice to the public and news media of regular, emergency and special meetings.


Revised 3/14/14


Series of Meetings (Gatherings)


Members of the Board may not participate in a series of meetings (gatherings) if the series consists of at least two (2) gatherings and the series of gatherings meets all of the following criteria:



one (1) of the gatherings is attended by at least three (3) Board members but less than a quorum and the other gathering includes at least two (2) Board members



the sum of the number of different members attending any of the gatherings at least equals a quorum of the Board



all gatherings concern the same subject matter and are held within a period of not more than seven (7) consecutive days



the gatherings are held to take official action on public business


A Board member attends a gathering if the member is present at the gathering in person or if the member participates in the gathering by telephone or other electronic means, excluding electronic mail.


I.C. 5-14-1.5-3.1


Adopted 12/17/07





The Superintendent shall prepare and submit to each Board member a written agenda prior to each regular meeting and each special meeting, unless otherwise directed by the Board. The agenda shall list the various matters to come before the Board and shall serve as a guide for the order of procedure for the meeting.


Individual Board members may include items on the agenda upon notifying the Superintendent.


The agenda of the regular monthly meeting or special meetings shall be accompanied by a report from the Superintendent on information relating to the Corporation with such recommendations as s/he shall make.


The agenda of each regular meeting shall be mailed or delivered to each Board member so as to provide proper time for the member to study the agenda. Generally the agenda should be mailed no later than four (4) days prior to the meeting, or delivered so as to provide time for the member to study the agenda. The agenda for a special meeting shall be delivered at least three (3) days before the meeting, consistent with the provisions calling for the special meeting.


Prior to the meeting, a copy of the agenda shall be posted at the entrance to the meeting location.


The Board shall transact business according to the agenda prepared by the Superintendent and submitted to all Board members in advance of the meeting. The order of business may be suspended at any meeting by a majority vote of the members present.


I.C. 5-14-1.5-4








All regular and those special meetings of the Board at which the Board is authorized to take official action shall be conducted in compliance with the Indiana Open Door Law (I.C. 5-14-1.5). Except with respect to the approval or modification of a contract, no action shall be valid unless approved at a public meeting of the Board by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board and a proper record made of the vote. Board action to approve or modify a contract shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the Board. A Board member must be physically present in order to cast a valid vote.


A Board member who is not physically present at a meeting of the Board, but who communicates with members of the Board during the meeting by telephone, computer, videoconferencing, or any other electronic means of communication that permits the member to hear and be heard by the Board members and public present at the meeting, may participate in any Board discussion, but may not participate in a vote taken at the meeting and may not be considered to be present at the meeting for purposes of the existence of a quorum.


The minutes of a meeting must state each member who was physically present, each member who participated by using electronic means of communication, and each member who was absent.


Abstentions shall not be counted as votes, but shall be recorded in the minutes of a meeting and are deemed to acquiesce in the outcome of the vote. In situations in which a specific number of affirmative votes are required and abstentions have been recorded, the motion shall fail if the specified number of affirmative votes have not been cast. In the case of a tie vote in which a member abstains, the motion shall fail for lack of a majority.


All actions requiring a vote may be conducted by voice, show of hands, or roll call provided that the vote of each member be recorded. Proxy voting shall not be permitted. Any member may request that the Board be polled.


I.C. 5-14-1.5


I.C. 20-26-4-8


Revised 11/19/01


Revised 12/17/07


Revised 12/13/11



Executive Session


The Board may meet in an executive session, one closed to the public (except the Board may admit those persons determined to be necessary to carry out the purpose of the executive session) after giving proper notice, for the following purposes:



discussion of strategy with respect to collective bargaining, initiation of litigation, litigation which is pending or has been threatened in writing, implementation of security systems, purchase or lease of real property, or school consolidation, providing that the strategy is necessary for bargaining or competitive reasons, and the meeting does not include the competitive bargaining adversaries



for discussion of the assessment, design, and/or implementation of school safety and security measures, plans, and systems



interviews with industrial or commercial prospects



to receive information about, and interview, prospective employees



with respect to any individual over which the Board has jurisdiction, receive information concerning the individual's alleged misconduct, and to discuss, prior to determination, that individual's status as an employee, student, or independent contractor



discussion of records classified as confidential by Federal or State statute



discussion, before any placement decision, an individual student's abilities, past performance, behavior, and needs



discussion of an employee's job performance evaluation



training of Board members by an outside consultant on performance of their role as public officials and/or discussion with or between county officials, Board members, and an outside consultant concerning the performance of Board members


In keeping with the confidential nature of executive sessions, no member of the Board shall disclose the content of discussions that take place during such sessions.


I.C. 5-14-1.5-5/6, 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(4)


Revised 8/15/00


Revised 10/17/00


Revised 10/15/13



Public Participation at Board Meetings


The School Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on Corporation matters.


To permit fair and orderly public expression, the Board may provide a period for public participation at every regular meeting of the Board and publish procedures to govern such participation in Board meetings.


The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the procedures of the Board for its conduct.


The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:



Public participation shall be permitted only as indicated on the order of business at the discretion of the presiding officer.



Anyone having a legitimate interest in the actions of the Board may participate during the public portion of a meeting.



Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name.



Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration.



All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question Board members individually.



The presiding officer may



prohibit public comments which are frivolous repetitive, or harassing;



interrupt, warn, or terminate a person's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;



request any individual to leave the meeting when that person behaves in a manner that is disruptive of the orderly conduct of the meeting;



request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;



call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action;



waive these rules.



The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to the discretion of the president.



Tape or video recordings are permitted, providing the person operating the recorder has given notice prior to the Board meeting and has agreed to abide by the following conditions:



No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience.



No interviews are conducted during the Board meeting.



No commentary is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience.



The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to the discretion of the president.


I.C. 5-14-1.5-1


Revised 3/15/11


Revised 10/15/13





The Board may at any time recess or adjourn to an adjourned meeting at a time, date, and place announced before the adjournment takes place. The adjourned meeting shall take up its business at the point in the agenda where the motion to adjourn was acted upon.


Use of School Corporation Electronic Mail by Board Members


Each Board member shall have the option to be assigned a School Corporation e-mail address for their use in communicating about School Corporation business. A School Corporation e-mail account shall not be used in a manner which suggests Board or school corporation endorsement of the content of the message and may not be used to communicate concerning a campaign for partisan or School Corporation office.


Board members may include their School Corporation e-mail address in communications with the public about matters of School Corporation business but shall not be used to support a campaign for election/re-election to the Board.


A list of students, employees, parents, voters, or persons expressing interest in favor or in opposition to any action by the Board shall not be passed on to a non-school user or used for commercial or campaign purposes. As used in this bylaw, "campaign purposes" includes messages in support of or opposition to a school referendum.


If a Board member sends an e-mail message to a School Corporation employee, the Superintendent shall be sent a copy of the message at the time the original message is sent.


E-mail messages to and from Board members using their School Corporation e-mail account are subject to production in response to an Indiana Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") request and each e-mail message from a Board member using their School Corporation account shall include a warning that messages to and from Board members using a School Corporation e-mail address shall be subject to production in response to a request under that Act.


Information about a specific identified or identifiable student such as information concerning an appeal of an expulsion may be sent in or attached to a message to Board members.


Adopted 11/19/12





Open Meeting


The Board shall designate a person to keep minutes of each meeting showing the date, time, place, members present, members absent, any decisions made at a meeting open to the public, and the purpose or purposes for which a closed session is called. These minutes must be approved by the Board and endorsed by the Secretary at the next meeting. The minutes shall include all votes taken at the meeting. Proposed minutes shall be available for public inspection within a reasonable period of time after the meeting to which the minutes refer. Approved minutes shall be available for public inspection not later than five (5) business days after the meeting at which the minutes are approved. The minutes shall be available for inspection at the Superintendent's office and shall be available for purchase at a fee estimated by the business office to cover the cost of printing and copying.


The official minutes shall be bound together by years and kept in the office of the School Board.


Minutes of the preceding meetings shall be approved by the Board as its first order of business at regular meetings.


The minutes shall show only action taken.


I.C. 5-14-1.5-4



Executive Session


The minutes of an executive session shall show the date, time, and place of the session; the members either present or absent; and the identification of the subject matter considered by specific reference to the enumerated instance(s) for which public notice was given. The Board shall certify in the minutes that it discussed no subject matter in the executive session other than the subject matter specified in the public notice.

I.C. 20-26-4-3 Notice of meetings to Board members
I.C. 5-14-1.5 Open Door Law notice to the public and news media of regular, emergency and special meetings.

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