A seven-member board of education is responsible for setting
the policies of the district. Board members, who receive no
pay for their work, are elected to four-year terms. Board
meetings are normally held at Woodland School on the second
Monday of the month and at one of our other schools on the
fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. During the months
of June, July, and December, meetings are held on the third
Monday of the month. The public is invited. For specific
dates and meeting places, interested parties may call the
Administrative Offices at 656-1182, extension 10000 or view
the meeting schedule. Board meetings are also televised on
the local community access television channel.
Mission Statement of the Board of Education
The Board of Education will provide an environment that will
develop all students to their fullest potential so that they
will have the knowledge, skills, and behavior necessary to
compete in a global economy and to exercise the rights and
responsibilities of good citizenship.
Goals of the Board of Education
Finance: To seek necessary funds that will enable the
District to provide programs that will help students develop
to their fullest potential
Curriculum/Programs: To provide curricula and
programs which are meaningful and relevant to the needs of
Facilities: To provide adequate space to accommodate
the educational programs
Communication/Community Relations: To foster positive
community relations with constituencies in District 7
Parental Involvement: To provide opportunities for
increasing the level of family participation in the
Staff: To provide a highly qualified staff and
develop it to its fullest potential
Legal Requirements Board members must be U.S.
citizens, over the age of 18, registered voters, and
residents of the school district for at least one year prior
to election. They may not serve as a state school trustee
while on the board. Members serve a four-year term. A new
election schedule began in 1999 which changes school board
elections from November to April.
Composition of Board State statute requires
the board to have seven members. Local school board policy
determines the number from within the largest township
(four) and the number from outside the township (three).
Terms are for four years with three or four elected every
two years. The Board elects officers after each election.
There is no salary, but expenses for out-of-town conferences
are often paid if approved in advance by the board president
and fall within the amount budgeted.
If a vacancy occurs, the board appoints a replacement until
the next election. However, if the vacancy occurs with fewer
than 868 days remaining in the term or if the vacancy occurs
fewer than 88 days before the next regularly scheduled
election for this office, the person so appointed shall
serve the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election
to fill the vacancy will be held.
Duties The board meets on the second and
fourth Mondays except June, July, and December when it
meets only on the third Monday. Meetings are shown on
delayed tape by
ECTV Channel 10. Agenda
and minutes of all meetings are available upon request.
Appeals There is time at the beginning and end
of each board meeting for questions from citizens, and
the annual budget hearings in September are always open for
comment. Usually, the final authority
for problems rests with the local board, although certain
cases may be appealed to the courts or to
the State Board of Education. Those wishing to detach from
the District must appeal to the Regional
Powers The board sets policy for the District
in a manual which is available at Hadley House and
all school buildings. The board does long range planning and
determines the monetary needs of the
District. It can contract debts and propose tax referenda
and bond issues. The state requires the board
to hire a superintendent to administer the District under
the board’s direction. The superintendent
brings recommendations to the board.
Citizens Advisory Council The Citizens
Advisory Council is composed of approximately 25 people who
meet monthly to study various topics with the goal of
reporting their findings to the superintendent and school
board. The members serve for three-year terms and are
selected to represent diverse geographic areas, different
age groups, and a wide range of interests. Their topics are
generated by the school board or from within their committee
after receiving input from the community.
Outside Resources The board often enters into
cooperative efforts with the local police and fire
departments, health and social service agencies, and
recreation departments to provide expanded resources and
facilities for the students and community. The state
legislature does not directly control individual districts
but provides funding and mandates various programs. The
local board is a member of LUDA (Large Unit District Association).
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