Many thanks to all of you who have read my , commented, and recommended it. I appreciate your time, thoughtful ideas, and your interest in our community and schools.
I agree that attendance at BOE meetings is so important. Most people don't go to BOE meetings. As I casually ask why that is, the most common answers I receive are that "it is a waste time", "the BOE doesn't care what I have to say anyway", and "it is intimidating". I understand completely. This was one of my concerns in ; the feeling of disconnect between the BOE and the residents. There is a feeling among many that the BOE is on a pedestal and the residents are just looking up from the ground waaaay below.
Let me remind you all, that these people on the BOE are elected. They are people, not deity. They make mistakes, they occasionally need help, they make tough decisions. Throughout the history of the district, the ones who have been there for the right reasons should be commended for their volunteerism. However, remember, they should be representing you, considering all needs, and your voices should be heard. They have to make decisions, but your VOICE counts just as much as your VOTE. This is NOT a time for complacency.
For those who have never been to a BOE meeting, I just want to describe one briefly to alleviate any “fear” of the unknown, and encourage you to join in even if you don't want to speak.
They're usually in the . There is parking in the parking lot behind the school. You can enter through the back doors.
There will be folding chairs set up for attendees facing the BOE. The BOE sits at long tables facing the audience. A podium for speakers (residents, presenters, etc), faces the BOE.
Meeting agendas are on a table in front of the BOE. You may take one if you would like to. They just list the order of events in the meeting (speakers, school presentations, reports,etc.).
Attendees usually include a sampling of residents. You may see your neighbor, your child's teacher, or a friend you haven't seen in a long time. You may meet others who have the same concerns and views as you do.
If you would like to speak, there is a time allotted for that as well. It's part of the agenda, and the BOE President will ask if there are comments or questions when appropriate (in conjunction with the agenda).
If you choose to speak, you go up to the podium, state your name, and then you have two minutes to say your piece. If you are nervous, I suggest you have something written to read from. The BOE and/or the superintendent may comment.
And that is it. You will learn a lot even if you just go to observe. I encourage all residents! Hope to see you there!