Members of the Strait Regional School Board voted against a motion relating to proposed changes to member attendance via electronic communication at Wednesday night’s regular monthly meeting.
Jamie Samson, board chair, says the motion brought to the board was designed to modernize and update the policy, making for more options for members to attend meetings, such as by phone or video.
The motion regarding attendance by electronic means, bylaw 3.10, was reviewed and debated for about an hour; some concerns raised were about privacy and technology relating to the proposed changes.
After the meeting, Samson said there was a lot of discussion on the issue.
“A lot of work went on for the bylaws- it’s an important area for the board to focus on and how we attend meetings,” he said. “The outcome is the outcome the board decided on; we worked through it and we addressed all the issues board members had as we went along.”
Samson said as per policy, bylaw 3.10 can’t be reviewed for a calendar year.
Officials needed 60 per cent of board members to vote in favour of the changes in order for the motion to be passed, but came up one vote short, 7-5.