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main question shall be suspended, until the previous question shall have been decided. Nor shall any member be allowed to speak on the previous question more than once without leave of the Board.
SECT. 10. The President shall call a special meet-Call of special ing of the Board whenever in his opinion it is necessary, and also at the request, in writing, of any five members of the School Committee. But no meeting of the Board shall be called on shorter notice than twenty-four hours.
SECT. 11. All Committees shall be nominated by appointment of the President, unless otherwise ordered by the Board.
Rights and Duties of Members. SECTION 1. When any member is about to speak in Duties of memdebate, or to present any matter to the Board, he shall rise in his place, and respectfully address the President; shall confine himself to the question under debate, and avoid personality. No member in debate shall mention another by his name, but may describe him by the Ward he represents, the place he sits in, or such other designation as may be intelligible and respectful.
SECT. 2. No member while speaking shall be inter- Call to order. rupted by another, but by rising to call to order, or to correct a mistake. But if any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the Rules of the Board, the President shall, or any member may, call him to order; in which case the member so called to order shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain; and the Board, if appealed to, shall decide on the case, but without debate.
Violation of rules.
Rules of debate.
SECT. 3. If a member violate any of the Rules of the Board, and the Board shall determine that he has so transgressed, he shall not be allowed to speak, unless by way of excuse for the same, until he shall have made satisfaction therefor.
SECT. 4. No member shall speak more than five minutes at any one time, on any motion or order under discussion before the Board, nor more than twice to the same question, without first obtaining leave of the Board; nor more than once, until all other members choosing to speak shall have spoken.
SECT. 5. When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be considered by the Board, and not otherwise ; and no member shall be permitted to submit a motion in writing, until he has read the same in his place, and it has been seconded. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the President direct, or any member of the Board request it.
SECT. 6. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but to adjourn; to lay on the table; for the previous question; to postpone to a day certain; to commit; to amend; or to postpone indefinitely; which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they stand arranged.
Sect. 7. When a motion has once been made, and decided in the affirmative or in the negative, it shall be in order for any member voting in the majority to move for a reconsideration; and if such motion is seconded, it shall be open to debate, and be disposed of by the Board. And in case the motion be made at the same meeting, it shall be competent for a majority of the members present to pass a vote of reconsideration; but if it be made at a subsequent meeting, the subject shall not be reconsidered, unless a majority of all the members of the Board shall vote therefor.
Order of motions.
But no more than one motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be permitted.
SECT. 8. Every member who shall be present when Members to a queston is put, shall give his vote, unless the Board, for special reasons, excuse him.
SECT. 9. All motions and reports may be committed or recommitted, at the pleasure of the Board.
SECT. 10. The division of a question may be called for, when the sense will admit of it.
Sect. 11. When the reading of a paper is called for, and the same is objected to by any member, shall be determined by a vote of the Board.
SECT. 12. The consent of three-fourths of the mem- Suspension of bers present at any meeting of the Board shall be requisite for the suspension of any standing Rule of the Board, or Regulation of the Schools, unless the proposal for the same shall have lain upon the table for at least one week.
SECT. 13. Whenever any proposition is submitted Repeal or to the Board to repeal or to amend any Rule of the rules. Board, or any Regulation of the Public Schools, no action shall be had on said proposition before it has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Regulations, or to such other committee as the Board may designate, who shall report, in writing, such recommendations in regard to the proposed repeal or amendment as they may deem expedient.
Duties of Standing Committees. SECTION 1. Immediately after the appointment of Committee on the Standing Committees, at the meeting for organization, the Committee on Elections shall receive the
Committee on rules and regulations.
certificates of election of the members and examine them, and report the result of their examination without any unnecessary delay. Whenever any person shall be elected to fill any vacancy that may have occurred in the Board, this Committee shall examine his certificate of election, and report as above provided, and said Committee shall hear and report on all cases of contested elections.
SECT. 2. As soon as may be after the organization of the Board, the Committee on Rules and Regulations shall revise the Rules and Regulations of the preceding Board, incorporating all the amendments and additions in force that may have been made by the Board during the year, and shall report in print a revised edition of the Rules and Regulations, for the approval of the Board, for the ensuing year. And this Committee shall also take into careful consideration every proposition presented to the Board, to repeal or to amend any Rule or Regulation, whenever the same shall be referred to them, and shall report in writing, stating their reasons for or against the proposed alteration. SECT. 3.
Whenever any proposition is submitted to this Board to extend the salary of any teacher beyond the time of actual service, or to change the regular salary of a teacher in any respect, or to pay for any extra service in teaching, such proposition shall not be acted upon before it has been referred to the Committee on Salaries, who shall report, in writing, such recommendations as they may deem expedient.
Sect. 4. The Committee on Accounts shall present to the Auditor the estimate of the expenses of the public schools required by the City Ordinance ;* and they shall have the control of all expenditures for
* See Ordinance relating to Public Schools, passed Dec. 18, 1855, sect. 2.
those articles used in the schools which are not otherwise provided for, or granted by a special order of this Board: such as Outline Maps, a large Map of Massachusetts, Terrestrial Globes, and such pieces of Philosophical Apparatus, as may be required to complete the sets now in school; and all other means of illustration which the teachers may call for, or their District Committees recommend. They may authorize the Superintendent to furnish all the record books and the blanks needed for the use of the schools, all text-books wanted for indigent children, and such of the above named articles as, in their opinion, the schools really need. But no Sub-Committee, nor any persons connected with this Board, shall expend any money for these supplies without authority from this Committee; and no bills for such expenditures shall be paid without the signature of the Chairman of this Committee in approval.
SECT. 5. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Committee on Books to give early notice to the Board of any application made by any author or publisher, to introduce any new text-book into the Public Schools, and to see that such author or publisher furnish every member of the Board with a copy of such text-book for examination, as a condition of its being presented to them for acceptance; and said Committee shall fully consider such application, examine thoroughly such text-book, and at such time as they may be prepared, within three months from the date of the application, they shall make a written report to the Board, setting forth the reasons for or against the introduction of said textbook into the Public Schools. In the month of June, annually, this Committee shall examine the course of studies prescribed for the schools, and shall recommend to the Board, at the quarterly meeting in August,