I am writing in regard to District 200's recent decision to no longer include board members' comments as an item on the agenda at their meetings [D200 may ditch board comments at meetings, News, Nov. 21].
I assume this decision relates to an internal issue, but I think the board's resolution of that problem reaches too far. I am currently a member of the River Forest Park District, and in that role, I consider one of my paramount responsibilities to be seeking out input from River Forest residents on how we are operating and learning what concerns the residents have.
Normally, I use the board comment section of our meeting to bring those concerns to the board's attention. This serves two purposes: First, it informs everyone on the board about the issue, but more importantly, it provides a formal record of that concern in our board minutes.
I assume that members of the D200 school board have used the comments section of their meeting in a similar fashion. Thus, board member comments at meetings provide an important avenue of communication to the taxpayers that should not be cut off.
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