Introduction

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is governed by a group of seven elected officials, referred to as the Board of Education. Each member is elected to serve four consecutive years and is eligible for an unlimited number of terms.

The Board is responsible for ensuring a high-quality education for the students of the district. They accomplish this by holding the superintendent and administration accountable for student success; developing effective policies that support the district’s vision and mission; approving expenditures and planning for financial stability; adopting new initiatives that move the district forward; and representing the voice of the community served by District 205.

The Board of Education maintains a comprehensive policy manual that defines the district perspective on various educational issues. Administrative procedures are then derived from policy, ensuring consistency in the operations of the district.

Policies are continuously reviewed in an effort to maintain relevance, compliance with school laws, and operational efficiency.

Guide to the Board of Education


Communicating Concerns

At every open meeting or hearing, the Board allows any member of the public to provide comments. Citizens who wish to speak must sign the speaker’s roster prior to the start of the public comments portion of the agenda. Speakers are allowed three minutes to address the Board and must begin by stating their name and local address.

Many issues are often best served by addressing a teacher or principal directly. If an issue pertains to a specific student and/or class, it is advised that the citizen contact the teacher directly. If the issue pertains to a specific school, it is advised that the citizen contact the principal of that school directly. If the issue pertains to the district as a whole, or is global in nature, the citizen may wish to contact the Superintendent's office at (630) 617-2304 or email the Board of Education at boardofeducation@elmhurst205.org.

COMMUNITY INPUT

The Board welcomes input from the school community and offers numerous opportunities to provide feedback. You may contact any individual board member by email, address or phone and may write to the board as a whole by emailing boardofeducation@elmhurst205.org or sending correspondence to 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126, or phone (630) 617-2304.

ONLINE MATERIALS

Board agendas, meeting minutes, schedules and supporting materials are available on the district website. All Board meetings are paperless, with all public documents posted online the Friday prior to a scheduled meeting. As an added convenience for our school community, Board meeting video and audio files are posted online, aired on local cable, and are available at the Elmhurst Public Library

MEETINGS

Workshop and business meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend. Meetings are generally held twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. A complete schedule of meetings is available on the district website. In addition, the district notifies press, local officials, parents, staff and key communicators by email, prior to a scheduled meeting.

The Board may call a closed session meeting, which usually occurs prior to the start of the regular meeting, to discuss confidential matters of litigation, personnel, student discipline, acquisition of property, and/or collective bargaining. These meetings are not open to the public, however the Board must vote on any action in a public open session.