Public Participation at Board Meetings
Guidelines for Public Participation at a Board of Education Meeting
Big Hollow School District #38 holds its regular board meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month. A schedule of meetings, agendas, and minutes from past meetings may be found on the website. In addition, the Board may hold special Committee of the whole meetings or other Committee meetings that will also be posted on the website.
The Big Hollow Board of Education, like most governing bodies in the State of Illinois, holds its meetings in the public pursuant to open meeting laws. These meetings are referred to as "meetings in the public," not "public meetings." BOE meetings are not public, town hall type of meetings where active debate, questions, and conversation are exchanged between the public and the Board of Education members. The intention of this is not to close off communication with the public, but to ensure that the Board of Education is effectively and efficiently conducting business on behalf of the district and making progress toward its goals while adhering to the open meeting laws of the state.
Although this is a meeting of the Board of Education, not a public meeting, the Board recognizes the value of active community participation and encourages public attendance. Therefore, the Board has authorized two opportunities for public comment. The first opportunity will occur prior to Action items on the meeting agenda. The second opportunity will occur prior to adjournment.
We believe that effective dialogue can occur only in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We invite members of the public to share this commitment with us and respectfully request that anyone wishing to address the Board keep the following guidelines in mind: