The School Board of McHenry Elementary School District 15 is comprised of seven members elected by the community, to fulfill its powers and duties on behalf of the District. These powers and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce, and monitor all polices for the management and governance of the District’s schools, as well as adopting the annual budget, approving expenditures, and hiring and evaluating the superintendent. To reach the school board please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review the mandatory and non-mandatory training and development activities that were completed by the board member below. When the training was provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards, the acronym "IASB" follows the listed activity.
Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board Members IASB
Completed: May 10, 2013
School Board meetings are established in compliance with Illinois School Code, the Open Meetings Act, and Public Policy. It is required that board discussion be held in public and that the taken action in public. However, The Open Meetings Act provides authorized exceptions to this requirement, which allows the Board to meet privately in closed session when appropriate.
The School Board encourages and appreciates citizen interest in meetings of the Board of Education. There is a place at the beginning of the agenda especially set aside to hear comments from visitors. Persons wishing to address the Board may make written requests to the superintendent in advance of the regular meeting, by contacting the District Office at 815-385-7210, or by indicating their name and topic they wish to address on the form located at the entrance of the meeting. The speaker should give his/her name, address, and limit his/her comments to three minutes. The board asks that courtesy and respect to others be shown. The use of specific individuals’ names, slanderous or derogatory comments about anyone cannot be permitted. The Board President has the right and may declare out of order a speaker and terminate any remarks which are not relevant or which have been previously addressed on the same subject.
If issues raised during Public Comment require answers to questions, gathering information, or further discussion, the Board may refer the matter to the superintendent. They may also set a later time to meet with constituents. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to seek information or action first from the teacher or principal. Going directly to the source of the problem will, in many cases, clear up misunderstandings and bring the desired result. If the issue cannot be resolved at the school level, please contact the superintendent’s office for assistance.
All Illinois school board members must receive training in professional development leadership (P.A. 97-8) and the Open Meetings Act (P.A. 97-504). Mandatory training will also be required after the new teacher evaluation requirements are implemented in each school district. For additional information see Board policy 2:120, Board Member Development.