Welcome to the meeting of the Hanford Elementary School District Board of Trustees. Your interest in promoting education for all children in HESD is appreciated. This page is designed to acquaint you with the Board and its adopted procedures for conducting an orderly and appropriate public meeting.
Regular meetings of the Board are normally held monthly during the school year, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. in the District Boardroom at 714 N. White Street, Hanford. Special meetings may be called when necessary; the agenda, location and time will be announced in advance. Meetings during summer months may be scheduled as necessary.
All regular and special meetings are held in public. However, upon some occasions during these meetings, the Board may meet privately in closed session for certain purposes permitted by law. Matters for closed session normally involve personnel issues, pupil disciplinary action, legal proceedings, and employer-employee relations.
Minutes are kept of all meetings and record all actions taken by the Board of Trustees. Once adopted, these minutes become public records and are available for inspection at the District Office.
Order of Business
Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
Presentations, Reports and Communications
Requests to address the Board at Future Meetings
Board Policies and Administration
Board of Trustees
The five members of the Board of Trustees are elected by and from trustee areas of the district to serve four-year terms. Among its many duties, the Board adopts the annual budget and approves all expenditures, establishes district policy; authorizes employment of personnel; approves curriculum, textbooks, courses of study; and makes decisions on contracts.
The Superintendent is the Chief Executive Officer of the District and serves as Secretary to the Board.
PROCEDURE TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
During the Public Comments portion of the agenda, any individual in the audience can raise his/her hand, be recognized by the President, and address the Board on any topic within its jurisdiction, even though it does not appear on the agenda. Since the Board is only able to act on items that are on the agenda, no action will be taken on the item at this meeting; however, the Board may direct that the topic be agendized for a future meeting. Topics that are legally proper subjects for consideration in closed session (e.g., questions and problems relating to school employees) should not be presented during this time.
The Board will not prohibit public criticism of its policies, procedures, services, acts or omissions. The Board will also not prohibit public criticism of its employees. However, those who publicly criticize a district employee will be advised that they may be subject to charges of slander or libel.
Three minutes are normally allotted for each individual who is making a presentation, with a maximum of 20 minutes for each subject. The Board reserves the right to alter the time allowance when the number of recognized speakers warrants a change.
For additional information please refer to Board Bylaw 9323 - Board Meeting Conduct.
PROPER CONDUCT OF DISCUSSION
Remarks by any person addressing the Board, which reflect adversely on the political, religious or racial views, or on the character or motives of a person or group of people, are considered out of order. Interference with the Chair's orderly conduct of the District's business will not be allowed. In extreme cases, the Board may exclude those persons whose disorderly conduct is clearly interfering with the ability of the Board to conduct its business.
BOARD AGENDA ITEMS REQUESTED BY THE PUBLIC
Any member of the public may request that a matter within the jurisdiction of the Board be placed on the agenda of a regular meeting. Requests for items to appear on a published Board Agenda must be submitted to the Superintendent in writing and received a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance of regular board meeting.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Any individual who requires disability-related accommodations or modifications, including auxiliary aids and services, in order to participate in the Board meeting should contact the Superintendent in writing.