Oct 19th BOE special meeting: Advisory questions #futurefacilities #taxref

Looks like the Board is planning to talk about Advisory questions on a future ballot:

The option of placing advisory questions on an upcoming election ballot to obtain feedback from voters on possible facility options will be discussed by the Board of Education.  Discussion will focus on what is legally allowed, format options, and the benefits and challenges of this approach.

Included is a document of dates listing when resolutions/ordinances have to pass in order to appear on a ballot:

http://www.boarddocs.com/il/champil/Board.nsf/files/A3APBV51728C/$file/Future%20Election%20Deadlines.pdf

I believe the context for this discussion is the Big Talk about future facilities and how to fund capital expenditures in regards to a possible new high school and maintenance for other schools. I like the idea of advisory questions, and I hope that if they are utilized, they prove very informative. This also tells me that the board really is trying hard to figure out how to listen to the entire community. Ultimately, this is our tax dollars we are talking about, regardless of whether you have kids in the system or not; everyone should and does have something to say.

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5 Responses to “Oct 19th BOE special meeting: Advisory questions #futurefacilities #taxref”

  1. Rebecca Patterson Says:

    Possible facility options? Have they even talked about that? I haven’t seen anything to give an idea what they are thinking, about anything.

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      The way I read that was things like “which location do you want a high school at?” or “would you vote yes to fix up Dr. Howard?”. Those things they have talked about quite a bit. 🙂 Did you have a different kind of facility option in mind?

      In regards to the current board, yes, I know, they have not said much publicly. Yet having chatted with several members here and there, I know these things are definitely on their mind. And note that one of the main reasons they have not said much publicly is that they intend to have all their discussions (especially the decision-oriented ones) in open session – no more back room decisions. At least, that is the gist I get.

      • Rebecca Patterson Says:

        I keep forgetting to check back.Sorry. By not having any discussions it’s like it isn’t thought about, isn’t an issue. And as far as it having been talked about in the past, that’s part of the problem. Too many people feel like they were led down the path they wanted us to go, not real discussions. I went to one meeting at BTW and it started an hour late, they gave a fast presentation and left. No questions allowed.

  2. George Reese Says:

    Thanks for blogging like this Charles, I don’t get the NG, so you’re my source for Unit 4 news!

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    Shortest board meeting ever?

    https://vimeo.com/143007701


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