203.08 – Ad Hoc Committees
Whenever the Board deems it necessary, the board may appoint a committee composed of citizens, staff, or students to assist the Board. Committees formed by the Board shall be ad hoc committees.
An ad hoc committee is formed by board resolution, which shall outline the duties and purpose of the committee. The committee is advisory in nature and has no duty or responsibility other than that specifically stated in the Board resolution. The committee shall automatically dissolve upon the delivery of its final recommendation to the Board or upon completion of the duties outlined in the Board resolution. The Board will receive the report of the committee for consideration. The Board retains the authority to make a final decision on the issue. The committee will be subject to the open meetings law.
The method for the selection of committee members shall be stated in the Board resolution. When possible, and when the necessary expertise required allows, the committee members will be representatives of the school district community and shall consider the various viewpoints on the issue. The Board may designate a Board member and the superintendent to serve on an ad hoc committee. The committee will select its own chairperson unless the Board designates otherwise.
Ad Hoc Committee Purpose and Function
The specific purpose of each ad hoc committee varies. Generally, the primary function of an ad hoc committee is to give specific advice and suggestions. The advice and suggestions should focus on the purpose and duties stated in the Board resolution establishing the committee. It is the Board’s role to take action based on information received from the ad hoc committee and other sources. Ad hoc committees may be subject to the open meetings law.
Role of an Ad Hoc Committee Member
The primary role of an ad hoc committee member is to be a productive, positive member of the committee. In doing so, it is important to listen to and respect the opinions of others. When the ad hoc committee makes a recommendation to the Board, it is important for the ad hoc committee members to support the majority decision of the ad hoc committee. An ad hoc committee will function best when its members work within the committee framework and bring items of business to the ad hoc committee.
Ad Hoc Committee Membership
Ad hoc committee members may be appointed by the Board. The Board may request input from individuals or organizations, or it may seek volunteers to serve. Only the Board or superintendent has the authority to appoint members to an ad hoc committee. Boards must follow the legal limitations or requirements regarding the membership of an ad hoc committee.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code 21; 279.8; 280.12(2) (2009); 281 I.A.C. 12.3(3), .3(8); .5(8).
Date of Approval: December 4, 1995
Reviewed & Revised: May 21, 2001; March 7, 2006; March 7, 2011; March 21, 2016