The Board of Education is composed of seven members elected by citizens of the school district. A Board member receives no salary and may seek re-election to any number of terms. School board elections are held and regulated by State mandates. To be a qualified candidate, a person must be a registered voter, 18 years old or older, and a resident of the State and the district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
The Board of Education has complete and final control over local school matters subject only to limitations imposed by State and Federal law. No one member or group of members may act in the name of the Board. Major responsibilities of the Board of Education are to express and represent the view of the community in matters affecting education, determine education standards and goals, adopt policies for the administration of the school system, employ a Superintendent of Schools, authorize the appointment of teachers and other staff members, approve curriculum, secure money for school operational needs and building programs, and authorize expenditures.
A copy of the agenda for all regular meetings is available at the Administration Center or on the District's web site two days before each meeting. Meetings are open to the public so that citizens may view the work of the Board of Education. Closed sessions, which are not open to the public, are convened to allow the Board of Education to discuss collective bargaining negotiations; real estate; pending litigation; sale or purchase of securities and investments; employment of individuals; matters relating to individual students; and security. Voting on all issues, including those matters discussed in closed session, must be done in public. To be approved, an issue must receive a favorable majority vote.
The Board of Education provides time at its regular meetings for citizens to express interest in and concerns about the district's schools. However, matters concerning an individual school should be discussed first with the principal of that school. If the problem cannot be resolved at the school, it should be brought to the Superintendent.
Individuals or groups who wish to speak to the Board of Education must sign up before the meeting. They are then recognized near the start of the meeting, as set forth in the Board of Education agenda. Generally, speakers are allowed two to five minutes each with a total of 20 minutes allotted for public comment. The Board President reserves the right to limit the number of individuals or groups recognized to speak.
Individuals or groups who wish a reply, discussion, data, or study of a subject should submit their requests in writing (15732 Howard Street, Plainfield IL 60544) to the Superintendent by 4:30 p.m. on the third working day before the Board of Education meeting. Each request must state purposes and topics to be presented. Members of the audience may not address the Board of Education during its deliberation of issues.