The School Board of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf is established as the policy-making authority and the governing body of the school.   [PL 2005, c. 279, §8 (AMD).]
1.  MembershipIn appointing members to the school board, the Governor shall give proper consideration to achieving statewide geographical representation, cultural equity and gender equity. In appointing voting members to the school board, the Governor shall select nominees with experience or special knowledge in one or more of the following areas: law, finance, organizational issues, management, education, human resources and collective bargaining. The school board and interested parties may submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor to aid in making appointments of voting and nonvoting members. The appointments of voting members made by the Governor are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and subject to confirmation by the Legislature. The appointments of nonvoting members made by the Governor are not subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters or subject to confirmation by the Legislature. The Governor shall appoint the school board consisting of 15 voting members and 2 nonvoting members as follows:  
A. Four parents of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, including a minimum of one parent with a child enrolled in the residential program and one parent with a child receiving service from the school’s outreach program;   [PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]
B. Three deaf representatives of the State’s deaf community;   [PL 1995, c. 676, §5 (NEW).]
C. Eight members of the general public, at least 2 of whom must have expertise in deaf education; and   [PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]
D.   [PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (RP).]
E.   [PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (RP).]
F. Two students, one who attends the school and one who receives outreach services, both of whom are nonvoting members and who may not participate as board members in executive sessions or receive materials as board members from executive sessions.   [PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]

[PL 2003, c. 115, §1 (AMD).]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 7406

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Majority: when used in reference to age shall mean the age of 18 and over. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
  • Membership: means active participation in the program of a school from the date of enrollment to the time the student withdraws or is absent from the school for 10 consecutive days for reasons other than illness. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 15001
  • outreach: means consultation services provided to families of children from birth to 5 years of age who are deaf or hard-of-hearing students and consulting services to school administrative units that serve school-age deaf or hard-of-hearing children. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 7402
  • Parent: means a parent, guardian or legal guardian. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 1
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • School: means the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf established under this chapter, including the center school located at Mackworth Island known as the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, the center preschool and any satellite school within the State that may be operated under a contracted services agreement. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 7402
  • School board: means the School Board of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Sec. 7402
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
2.  Chair.  The school board shall choose annually one of its members to serve as chair.  

[PL 1995, c. 676, §5 (NEW).]

3.  Meetings.  The school board shall meet at regular intervals.  

[PL 1995, c. 676, §5 (NEW).]

4.  QuorumEach voting member of the school board is entitled to one vote. A majority of voting members of the school board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of any official business.  

[PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]

5.  Terms of voting members.  The terms of the voting members of the school board are for 3 years, unless otherwise designated, and are staggered with 1/3 of the voting members appointed each year. Members may be appointed for consecutive terms.  

[PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]

6.  Terms of nonvoting members.  The terms of the nonvoting student members, pursuant to subsection 1, paragraph F, must be determined by the school board.  

[PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD).]

7.  Expenses.  Voting members of the school board must be compensated according to the provisions of Title 5, chapter 379.  

[PL 1995, c. 676, §5 (NEW).]

8.  Appointments. 

[PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (RP).]

SECTION HISTORY

PL 1995, c. 676, §5 (NEW). PL 1999, c. 775, §7 (AMD). PL 2003, c. 115, §1 (AMD). PL 2005, c. 279, §8 (AMD).