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BBBDA-BOARD-DECLARED VACANCY CAUSED BY ABSENTEEISM
BOARD-DECLARED VACANCY CAUSED BY ABSENTEEISM
When a member must be absent from a regular and/or bimonthly meeting of the MSAD #11 School Board for any reason, that member shall contact the Board Chair and request to be excused from the meeting; if the Chair must be absent, he/she shall contact the Vice Chair. The Chair (or Vice Chair) shall determine whether or not the request shall be granted, unless otherwise ruled by a majority of the MSAD #11 Board. The minutes of each meeting shall reflect the names of the members present, those absent with excuse (if any) and those absent without excuse (if any).
The MSAD #11 Board shall take the following action when a member is absent without excuse.
A. After two consecutive unexcused absences from regular meetings, the member shall be notified in writing by certified mail by the MSAD #11 Board informing him/her that a third consecutive unexcused absence from a regular meeting will constitute cause for the MSAD #11 Board to consider declaring his/her seat on the Board vacant.
B. After three consecutive unexcused absences from regular and/or bimonthly meetings, the MSAD #11 Board shall notify said member in writing by certified mail that the MSAD #11 Board will consider declaring his/her seat vacant at the next regular meeting of the MSAD #11 Board or at a special meeting called for the purpose of considering this matter.
C. At the meeting where the declaration of a vacancy, in accordance with this policy, is being considered, the MSAD #11 Board member who is the subject of the action shall be provided the opportunity to present his/her reasons why the MSAD #11 Board should not declare a vacancy.
D. Following the deliberation outlined in sections B and C of this policy, the MSAD #11 Board shall vote whether or not to declare a vacancy.
E. Should a vacancy be declared in accordance with this policy, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the appropriate provisions of MRSA Title 20-A.
F. An absence for any of the following reasons shall be routinely considered an excused absence: Illness of the member or members of his/her immediate family, death in the member's family, a short-term family obligation, or an unavoidable commitment related to the member's employment (so long as such a commitment is not of the type which prevents the member from attending on a regular basis). Absences for reasons other than those identified above shall be considered by the MSAD #11 Board on an individual basis.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA § 1254
Adopted: October 1, 1992
Revised: June 15, 2006; December 6, 2007