Questions About the Board of Education

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    • What is the Board of Education?

       

      The District 27 Board of Education is made up of seven elected representatives who live within the District boundaries. Members serve four-year terms.

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    • What is the role of a school board?

       

      Since the responsibility of educating children rests on the state level, control over how local schools are run falls to the local school board. The school board represents the citizens of the school district and provides a voice for their concerns.

      The main job of the school board is to employ a superintendent and to hold him/her responsible for managing the school district in accordance with state law and school policies. In a way, the superintendent acts as the school district's Chief Executive Officer. The superintendent is evaluated on an annual basis to determine whether he/she has met the district's goals and expectations.

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    • How does a school board operate?

       

      A school board can take action only by a majority vote in a public meeting. The meetings are open to the public, but comments are taken only during the "public comment" portion of the meeting.

      During the meeting, the school board transacts the legal business of the school district.

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    • How can I participate?

       

      District 27 actively seeks a community voice in its operation. One of the key ways community members can connect with the Board of Education and Administration is speaking at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings. Each month the Board of Education holds a regular meeting and community members are can express their views on subjects related to the operation of the school system at each. Board meetings are typically held at 7:30 p.m. at Wood Oaks Junior High School, 1250 Sanders Road in the Commons.

      A second vehicle for public participation is attendance at Board Working Sessions and Board Committee Meetings. These sessions are held each month and are designed for the Board to gather information on programs and initiatives and discuss them in depth. It is at these meetings that much of the intensive work is done in preparation for Board action at a subsequent regular meeting. The public is welcome to come and listen to the presentations and dialogue at these sessions and is given the opportunity to address the Board on these topics. Board Working Sessions are typically held the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Wood Oaks Junior High School in the library. Committee Meetings are posted at each building and on the website as they are scheduled.

      A third way for community members to have a voice is through special public hearings on specific issues, such as the budget, tax levy, school programs, and the like. During the public hearing, School Board members focus on listening to the views of our community members and then take this information into consideration as they complete their work and develop a direction to take.

      As always, community members are free to call the Administration (see staff directory) or to send an email to the Administration or Board of Education Members (see Board of Education link for email addresses.)

      We welcome your views and insights as they help us to make informed decisions.

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