board of Education
The Board of Education is elected by the community to govern the school district. The Board is comprised of seven members. In general, Board members are elected to 4-year terms of office. The Smithton Community Consolidated School District No. 130 is a member of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). The IASB outlines the following as duties of a school board:
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are open to the public. They are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Smithton Elementary School Cafeteria, 316 South Hickory Street, Smithton, Illinois.
Special meetings of the Board of Education are open to the public. These meetings may be called by the Board president with at least 48 hours of public notice before the meeting. Notices are placed outside the main entrance of the school building (316 South Hickory, Smithton, Illinois) and on the district's website.
A closed session may be called by agenda or at any time during a regular meeting. All decisions, however, are required to be made in open session. Closed sessions are allowed by state law in order to discuss:
Individuals wishing to address the Board of Education are invited to do so by the Board president following the pledge of allegiance, roll call and the reading of any written correspondence by the Board secretary. A presenter must provide his/her name and address and limit remarks to five (5) minutes. The Board president has the right to control the length of any presentation. One speaker per topic is allowed unless presenters have opposing views. Questions should be addressed to the Board as a whole rather than to individual Board members or administrative employees.
The Board of Education is not a public forum. The Board is a deliberative body. The Board does not debate the subject of public comments during the meeting, but rather, may take the comments under review in making decisions and establishing policies. The Board follows a planned agenda at each meeting. Board members receive background information prior to each meeting to enable proper preparation for the topics to be discussed and voted on during meetings.
Code of Conduct for Illinois School Boards
Foundational Principles of Effective Governance
Illinois Association of School Boards
National School Boards Association
Oath of Office for Illinois School Boards