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BOE Religious Holiday Policy -- Is the Vote Valid?

Noreen Brunini

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 • 7:30pm

As a former BOE member in attendance last night, I commented during Public Comment  that they should not vote last night as they were clearly revising either an existing policy (or creating a nw policy).

In either event a  Policy revisions require

--origination in the Policy Committee and

--require a first and second public
policy reading inviting the public to comment on the proposed policy.

---There is also policy for amending a proposed policy between first and second  readings. 
(actual policies cited on www.millburn.org)

Given the numerous policies on record, I couldn't say off the top of my head which policies applied to the situation last night . BUT BOE member quotes in your artcle clearly indicate they knew they were setting Policy especially the quote from Mr King:
"King also said the committee wanted to "provide a policy that would lay out a roadmap for future boards in dealing with holiday issues". 

But today I can say,  last night the BOE improperly revised, at minimum,  2 school board policies:
Policy 8210    School Day
Policy 5200     Attendance

While BOE Policy 0120 Authority & Powers gives BOE right to revise policies so I do not question their right to make this decision,
Policy 0131 Bylaws & Policy Procedures tells how such revisions shall be accomplished.

To repeat BOE Policy revisions require origination in the Policy Committee and require a first and second public
policy reading inviting the public to comment on the proposed policy.

There is also policy for amending a proposed policy between first and second  readings. 
(actual policies cited on www.millburn.org)  None of these procedures were followed, therefore one has to ask:

Is the vote valid if the BOE did not follow its own policy?  I think not.  

Sincerely Noreen Brunini
Former Millburn BOE member and President

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