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204.10 - Rules of Order




The board shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order revised latest edition as modified by this policy.

The purposes of modified rules adopted by the board are:

  1. To establish guidelines by which the business of the governing board can be conducted in a regular and internally consistent manner.
  2. To organize the meetings so that all necessary matters can be brought to the board and that decisions of the board can be made in an ordered and reasonable manner.
  3. To ensure that members of the board, concentrating on the substantive issues at hand, have the necessary information to make decisions and to ensure adequate discussion of decisions to be made.
  4. To ensure that meetings and actions of the board are conducted so as to be informative to the staff and the public and to produce a clear record of actions taken and decisions made.

It is the responsibility of each board member to follow the rules of order stated in this policy at each meeting, and it is the responsibility of the presiding officer to conduct the board meeting within these rules.

Adopted: 9/85
Reviewed: 10/11; 4/13; 8/14; 9/16
Revised: 11/08
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 21.2, .7; 279.8 (2013)