School board may cut back its meetings Proposal suggests one monthly session instead of current two

'Inconvenient to some'

Schedule had started as an experiment in September

June 25, 1996|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

For the second time in a year-and-a-half, Carroll's school board members are considering another meeting schedule, one that better balances accessibility for parents and workload for the school system's staff.

After talking with other members, C. Scott Stone is proposing the board go back to meeting once a month, instead of the current twice-a-month meetings, with half the sessions in the day and half in the evening.

The proposal is the latest in a series of trial meeting schedules that board members say all have the same goal -- allowing more parents to attend.

The schedule since September has been to have two meetings TC month during the school year: a daytime meeting on the second Wednesday for business and personnel issues, and an evening meeting on the fourth Wednesday for issues of broader community interest.

Last year, when the twice-a-month experiment began, members said they believed that night meetings would assure more participation by parents who have day jobs.

Although the board has been split on whether night meetings lead to better parent attendance, all had agreed to try it over the past year. Stone said members say they're willing to try his latest proposal.

"It's going to be inconvenient to some people some of the time, but hopefully it's more convenient for more people than it had been," Stone said.

When he campaigned three years ago, Mr. Stone promised voters that he would advocate night meetings.

Some staff members had said the time spent preparing for two meetings a month was interfering with their regular work.

"There's a certain amount of administrative overhead just to prepare for a meeting," Stone said.

His latest proposal is to meet once a month, always on the second Wednesday.

Daytime meetings would begin at 9 a.m. in the board room at 55 N. Court St. for January, February, June, July, August and December. That covers the summer months and the months when bad weather makes evening meetings less attractive.

Evening meetings in March, April, May, September, October and November would begin a 5 p.m., earlier than they do now, to accommodate a full agenda. Evening meetings would be held on a rotating basis at schools.

The measure could be voted on as early as July 10.

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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