The Birmingham Board of Education

 



Board Basics

The Birmingham Board of Education is a nine-member elected body that works with the superintendent to establish a vision for the school system by adopting goals and policies that address student needs, advance student performance and overall operations of the system. The board also approves operating budgets aligned with the adopted goals as recommended by the local superintendent, reviews data to monitor implementation of policies and programs, and advocates for the needs, resources, and interests of students.

Meeting Schedule and Summary

School board meetings are normally held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Administration Building located at 2015 Park Place North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203. Click here to view the schedule of meetings.

Board Meeting Etiquette

Individuals may only address the board during the “Community Voice” section of the meeting. A sign-up sheet is made available prior to the start of the meeting. Flash photography is permitted during recognitions. Audience members are asked to silence cell phones and refrain from comments and discussions during the meeting.

Speaking at Board Meetings

Individuals may address the board during the “Community Voice” section of the meeting. Persons wishing to speak may sign up prior to the start of the meeting. Each individual is allowed two minutes.

The Average Meeting

School board meetings may vary in length, with most lasting 1½ hours. Occasionally, work sessions are held prior to a business meeting or at another date/time. These are open to the public. When discussing certain matters, as determined by the Code of Alabama, the board may move into closed session.

A Typical Board Meeting Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • Invocation / Pledge
  • Adoption of Meeting Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Reports and Presentations
  • Consent Agenda
  • Action Items
  • Board and Superintendent Highlights
  • Community Voice
  • Adjournment