The days of getting up at 7:30 in the morning once a month to attend a school board committee meeting at Oak Park and River Forest High School are over.
The OPRF school board last week agreed to change its meeting schedule starting this coming school year. The board will now meet twice a month in the evening for a regular board session. While most sessions will take place on a Thursday, at least two meetings (Dec. 21 and Jan 10, 2012) are scheduled on another day. The board until now has met on the third Thursday of each month, with committee meetings taking place once a month in the mornings typically on a Thursday and Tuesday.
The board agreed to scrap the morning committee sessions and instead will host their committees of the whole—policy, finance and instruction—during one of the two evening meetings. At OPRF, the morning committee meetings are where much of the discussion takes place around issues and initiatives, while actual votes take place during the regular meeting.
The new schedule was presented by board President Dietra Millard and Supt. Steven Isoye.
Millard acknowledged that members of the community have not always been able to attend the morning committee sessions. The board also talked about the possibility of voting on an action at the same meeting where a committee discussion has occurred. Members agreed that those should be the rarest of occasions and that board action will typically take place at a subsequent regular meeting.
Millard added that their meeting on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012 is also on the same night Districts 90 and 97 are holding their board meetings. Millard said that date could be one to hold a joint meeting of all three boards but that nothing has been scheduled.
All three boards last met together in May 2009 at OPRF.