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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

(Board of Ed) Board needs to crack the whip on meetings, notices, agendas


A special meeting of the Plainfield
Board of Ed is set for Thursday (June 30) at 8:00 PM in the Plainfield High School cafeteria.

As of Wednesday morning, the agenda is still not posted to the District's website.

The Board needs to crack the whip with the Superintendent.

The items to be taken up at the special meeting must be published in the notice for same, which appeared in the Courier on Saturday. There is no reason for the agenda not to be on the District website at the same time.

Also, members of the public are expressing dismay that the Board seems unable to correct the bad habit of starting its announced meetings late (past 9:25 PM last week).

I am told that one of the reasons the executive sessions are taking so long is that Board members are pressing the Superintendent with questions about, and challenges to, items she has proposed.

Former board members remind me of two practices from past board experience that could help the situation --

  1. Questions about any proposed resolutions are relayed to the Superintendent in writing before the executive discussions; and

  2. The Board always convened the public portion of the meeting on time, returning to closed session AFTER the public portion of the meeting if necessary.
These two practices would help greatly.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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