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Types of School Board Meetings

The school board establishes a schedule for its meetings each year. There are different kinds:

  • Full board meetings are held at least once a month in the Board Room at the WCPSS Central Services building, Crossroads I, at 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary, N.C. These are the meetings during which policies are formally adopted and votes taken. Citizens are invited to sign up to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. The board may go into closed session to address matters allowed to be confidential under state law, such as those involving student privacy or attorney-client privilege.
  • Work sessions are typically held in the Board Conference Room at Crossroads I. These are less formal opportunities for the school board to discuss issues, receive reports, and provide guidance to the superintendent and staff.
  • Committee meetings, whether standing or ad hoc, are established and scheduled by the chair in consultation with the board to focus on specific issues or school system functions such as finance or facilities.
  • Board Advisory Council meetings are comprised of citizen members, school administrators and other staff to provide feedback and consultation to each board member by district.
  • Public hearings may be called by the board to determine public sentiment on matters meriting board consideration.
  • Appeal hearings/panels are conducted by the board or its designees to address matters such as student assignments, student discipline, and grievances.

You can see a schedule of upcoming board meetings on the WCPSS online calendar. The school system also releases a weekly posting of board meetings at least 48 hours in advance.