The school board normally meets at 7:30 PM on the 3rd Monday of each month to vote on items related to the school district. The agenda is available prior to the meeting and includes time for citizens to comment on agenda related items as well as time for non-agenda items. If you have a comment or question, you are limited to 3 minutes so be prepared. The board has no obligation to respond.
Meetings are open to the public. Often there is also recognition of student achievement for both individuals and groups. Staff achievements are recognized when appropriate.
Please use the link in the box to the right to check the official
calendar since there are months (July) with no scheduled meetings.
If you decide to attend a meeting, you need to be on time since meetings may last as little as 15 minutes. This can be a bit of a shock at first if you are expecting any substantial discussion. Even so, it is worth attending since you can use the opportunity to introduce yourself to the board members representing your Region of the district.
Prior to the school board meeting, there is an informational meeting to go through the agenda items. These normally occur on the Wednesday before the regular meeting. There is some discussion about most items and, as at the regular meeting, citizens have opportunities to comment on both agenda and non-agenda items.
Progress on the current building construction projects is presented and may include presentations by both the architect and the site manager. Board members often question changes in planning and costs during this time.
This meeting sets the agenda for the school board meeting.
These are the meetings not open to the public where the actual decisions seem to take place. Since they are not open, the public does not really know what options have been considered in any decision or what was discussed.
There are Sunshine Laws (regulations governing what deliberations and official actions must be made available for public inspection) that govern these meetings.
In addition to the meetings described above, there are meetings focused on specific topics that are open to the public. It is common at these meetings to have an electronic presentation. Sometimes, but not always, citizens are provided with a printed copy of the presentation.
One example is the Finance Committee meeting where the proposed school budget is presented by the Business Manager. This is followed by a board meeting where the proposed budget is formally presented to the school board. The budget is the primary agenda topic. Citizens are not given printed copies of the presentations.
Another example are the special meetings called to discuss building closures. Normally there are printed handouts at these meetings.
Pennsylvania has a Right-To-Know law which enables citizens, public officials and members of the media to obtain the public records of government. This is managed by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.
To comply with the law, KASD-205 is the Right-To-Know request form available online or at the Central Office. Note that just asking does not mean you will get what you ask for. If this is not a public document, your request will be denied. But a lot of information (much of the information on this site, for example) is available and will be provided if you fill out the request form. There is a charge for preparation or printed documents designed to cover the cost of copying.
Kiski-Area-Info.com realizes there is a lot of information to be gathered and published for the benefit of the district residents and tax-payers. In some cases, we don't know what we don't know. If you have some ideas on what might be worth pursuing, please let us know via the contact form. An area marked for further study is the amount of sunshine available for executive sessions.
This site is not a publication of the Kiski Area School District or School Board.
WASHINGTON TWP VOTERS
Please note that 2 polling locations have changed.
If you voted at the Municipal Building, you will now vote at the Washington Twp Fire Hall.
If you voted at the elementary school, you will now vote at the Municipal Building.
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Updated May 15, 2013