Board of Education - Governance

Number: 2:10   School District Governance
Summary: The Board adopts and enforces policies for the governance of the District schools. The Board may take official action only at duly called meetings where a quorum is present.

Number: 2:12   Shared Decision Making
Summary: Shared decision making provides an opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members to share information and to become involved in the collaborative process of improving student learning. The Board of Education makes final decisions.

Number: 2:20   Powers and Duties of the Board of Education
Summary: The Board’s major powers and duties are described in the policy including, but not limited to: policy development, fiscal management of the school district and the employment and evaluation of the Superintendent.

Board of Education - Board Member

Number: 2:30   School District Elections
Summary: School District elections, including the election of Board of Education members, public policy propositions, and advisory questions, are governed by the general election laws of the State of Illinois.

Number: 2:40   Board Member Qualifications
Summary: A Board of Education member must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District, and a registered voter.

Number: 2:50   Board Member Term of Office
Summary: A Board member's term of office is 4 years.

Number: 2:60   Board Member Removal from Office
Summary: A majority of the Board may request the Regional Superintendent to remove a Board member who has willfully failed to perform his or her duties.

Number: 2:70   Vacancies on the Board of Education - Filling Vacancies
Summary: The remaining members of the Board shall fill a vacancy within 45 days after the vacancy occurs. The Board shall publicize the vacancy and accept resumes from District residents who are interested in filling the vacancy.

Number: 2:70E   Exhibit-Filling Board Vacancies
Exhibit-Filling Board Vacancies

Number: 2:80   Board Member Oath and Conduct
Summary: Each Board member must take the prescribed Oath of Office before being seated.

Number: 2:80E   Exhibit-Board Member Code of Conduct
Exhibit-Board Member Code of Conduct

Number: 2:100   Board Member Conflict of Interest
Summary: Board members shall not have a beneficial interest in the business of the District. Board members must annually file a "Statement of Economic Interests."

Number: 2:105   Ethics and Gift Ban
Summary: Board of Education members and employees shall not accept gifts from any prohibited source. District property and resources shall not be used in connection with political activities.

Number: 2:110   Qualifications, Term, and Duties of Board Officers
Summary: The President, Vice President, and Secretary are elected by the Board at its organizational meeting and serve for 2 year terms. The Board may appoint a staff member to be a Recording Secretary. The Treasurer of the Board may be a Board member who serves a 1-year term or may be a non-Board member who serves at the Board's pleasure.

Number: 2:120   Board Member Development
Summary: Board members must comply with mandatory training laws which includes training in the areas of education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, fiduciary responsibilities, and the Open Meetings Act. The Board shall provide new Board members with an orientation to become acquainted with Board policies and procedures.

Number: 2:125   Board Member Expenses
Summary: P.A. 99-0604 requires new requisition for the reimbursement of employee and Board member expenses.

Number: 2:125 E1   Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 1
Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 1

Number: 2:125 E2   Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 2
Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 2

Number: 2:125 E3   Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 3
Board Member Expenses: Exhibit 3

Board of Education - Board Relationships

Number: 2:130   Board-Superintendent Relationship
Summary: The Superintendent is the principal contact between the Board of Education and the District staff. The Board develops policies and the Superintendent develops plans, programs and procedures, needed to implement these policies and direct the District's operations.

Number: 2:140   Communications To and From the Board
Summary: There is no expectation of privacy for any communication sent to the Board or its members individually. Communications to the Board will be sent to each individual Board member and the Board will discuss the correspondences at the subsequent Board meeting. Board members may use electronic communications among other Board members to disseminate information and for messages not involving deliberation, debate, or decision-making.

Number: 2:140E   Exhibit - Guidance for Board Member Communications, Including Email Use
Exhibit - Guidance for Board Member Communications, Including Email Use

Number: 2:150   Committees
Summary: The Board is required to have a standing Parent- Teacher Advisory Committee to assist in the development of student discipline policies and behavioral interventions. The committee may only make recommendations to the Board, it may not take final action.

Number: 2:160   Board Attorney
Summary: The Board may enter into an agreement for legal services with an individual attorney or with a law firm(s). The Superintendent and Board President are authorized to confer with and seek the legal advice of the Board attorney.

Number: 2:170   Procurement of Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Services
Summary: The Board of Education selects architects, engineers and land surveyors based on demonstrated competence and qualifications, and in accordance with State law.

Board of Education - Board Meetings

Number: 2:200   Types of Board of Education Meetings
Summary: All meetings must comply with the notice and posting requirements contained in the Open Meetings Act. The Board of Education holds regular meetings and, if needed, special, emergency, rescheduled and reconvened meetings. A closed meeting may be held to discuss designated subjects as permitted by law.

Number: 2:210   Organizational School Board Meeting
Summary: During the biennial organizational meeting successful candidates shall take the oath of office, new members shall be seated, officers shall be elected, and regular meetings shall be fixed.

Number: 2:220   Board of Education Meeting Procedure
Summary: For every Board meeting, an agenda shall be prepared containing the general subject matter of any item that will be the subject of final action at the meeting. Written minutes of all Board meetings shall be kept and open meeting minutes shall be posted on the District website within 7 days after the Board approves them. An audio recording of all closed meetings shall be made and individual Board members may listen to the recording when such access is germane to their responsibilities. A

Number: 2:220E1   Exhibit-Board Treatment of Closed Meeting Verbatim Records and Minutes
Exhibit-Board Treatment of Closed Meeting Verbatim Records and Minutes

Number: 2:220E2   Exhibit-Motion to Adjourn to Closed Meeting
Exhibit-Motion to Adjourn to Closed Meeting

Number: 2:220E3   Exhibit-Closed Meeting Minutes
Exhibit-Closed Meeting Minutes

Number: 2:220E4   Exhibit-Open Meeting Minutes
Exhibit-Open Meeting Minutes

Number: 2:220E6   Exhibit - Log of Closed Meeting Minutes
Exhibit - Log of Closed Meeting Minutes

Number: 2:230   Public Participation at School Board Meetings and Petitions to the Board
Summary: The public may comment or ask questions of the Board at regular and special open meetings subject to reasonable guidelines. Written correspondence to the Board shall be presented at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Board of Education - Board Policy

Number: 2:240   Board Policy Development
Summary: The Board uses written policies to govern the District. The Board will consider proposed changes to existing policies, new policies, and elimination of policies. Policies are available for public inspection on the district's web site and at the District office.

Number: 2:240E1   Exhibit-PRESS Issue Updates
Exhibit-PRESS Issue Updates

Number: 2:240E2   Exhibit-Developing Local Policy
Exhibit-Developing Local Policy

Board of Education - Board Records

Number: 2:250   Access to District Public Records
Summary: The District's Freedom of Information officer(s) shall approve written requests for inspection or copying, of District public records provided the requested material exists, the material is not exempt from inspection and copying and complying with the request would not be unduly burdensome." Exhibit-Written Request for District Public Records E2 Exhibit - Immediately Available District Public Records and Web-Posted Reports and Records Exhibit-Recurrent Requester Notification

Board of Education - Uniform Grievance Procedure

Number: 2:260   Uniform Grievance Procedure
Summary: A person may file a complaint with the District’s Complaint Manager if he or she believes the Board or its employees have violated their rights. The Complaint Manager will investigate the complaint and file a written summary of their findings with the Superintendent who will subsequently make a written decision. The Superintendent’s decision may be appealed to the Board.