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Policy: BHE
School Board Use of E-Mail


Use of electronic communication (e-mail) by School Board members shall conform to the same standards of judgment, propriety, and ethics as other forms of Board-related communication. The Board shall not use e-mail as a substitute for deliberations at Board meetings, or for business properly confined to Board meetings. Communication via e-mail of private or confidential school district matters is strictly prohibited.

If an e-mail originated by a Board member, is communicated to a quorum of the Board, and discusses official school district business, the e-mail will be considered a public document for purposes of the Right to Know Law, RSA 91-A. As such, the contents of the email communication shall be publicly disclosed and included in the minutes of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Legal references:
RSA 91-A:2-a, Communications Outside Meetings
RSA 189:29-a, Records Retention and Disposition
Miller v. Fremont School Board, Rockingham County Superior Court, No. 03-E-152 (2003)

Adopted: March 22, 2007
Revised: October 28, 2010