By Terry Dean
In a somewhat significant shift in its current board committee structure, the District 200 Board of Education is looking to ditch its long-hold committee-of-the-whole structure in favor of smaller committee groups.
The board plans to have just two members on a committee, along with one administrator. The two feeder districts, 90 and 97, have had this committee structure for some time. District 200's change, according to school officials, is being done to better streamline the board's work and, hopefully, shorten typically long meetings.
The high school board has revamped its committee meeting schedule in recent years in attempt to accomplish that, including adding a second monthly board meeting. But that change lasted only one school year and the board went back to its lengthy monthly meetings. The board also switched its committee meetings two years ago from 7 a.m. to evenings the third Tuesday of the month.
District 200 members discussed the change at the policy committee meeting on Aug. 13. Dates and times for the new committees are still being discussed. Currently, all seven members sit on the board's four committees—finance, curriculum and instruction, technology and policy/evaluation/goals.