Deliberative Session

How the Deliberative Session Works:
 

  • Registered voters will check in and enter the auditorium.
  • The School District Moderator will welcome everyone, do introductions, and review the meeting rules.
  • After preliminary information is reviewed, the moderator will introduce the Budget Committee Chair who will announce the committee's proposed operating budget.
  • The the moderator will introduce a School Board representative who will review the School Board's proposed budget.
  • A School Board member will likely submit a written motion to revise the proposed budget by some figure.
  • There will be debate and then a motion to "call the question".  The people present in the auditorium will then offer a "yeah" or "nay" on the motion to restore the funds.
  • For each article there will be debate, more for some articles than others but all need support, and then a motion to "call the question".  The people present in the auditorium will offer a "yeah" or "nay" on the motion to restore funds.
  • Following the vote, and depending on the outcome, the moderator will then proceed through each article.

  

Things You Should Know:  

 

  • You must be a registered voter in order to participate.
  • The meeting can last for two or three hours depending on the length of the debate.
  • The budget voted at the Deliberative Session is the budget figure that appears on teh ballot in March.
  • At the Deliberative Session any voter can propose amendments to further reduce the operating budget.  There is no limit to the cuts that can be made.
  • The voters at the Deliberative Session are limited to increasing the Budget by no more than 10%.
  • The Deliberative Session is the only remaining opportunity to restore funds cut by the Budget Committee.