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Responding to public, comment, Dist. 54 moves public comment period

Audience gets its say prior to board action being taken

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:36 a.m. CDT

Following an outcry in March, the Morris Elementary School Dist. 54 board held the public comment portion of its meeting Monday before voting on action items.

“After last month, it really bothered me that public comment was put after,” said Board President Carol Narvick. “In all fairness to all stakeholders, it would be best if public comment was before action items.”

At the board’s March 19 meeting, during which the board voted to not renew seven contracts, an audience member attempting to voice disapproval of the vote needed to wait until the public comment section at the end of the meeting.

This drew ire from several audience members, including newly elected board member Bonnie Cap, who accused the board of disregarding public concerns.

At Monday’s meeting, public comment followed administrative reports and came immediately before the action items in the agenda.

There was not much public comment nor major action taken at the meeting.

Among the approved items were the 2013-14 strategic management plan, a resolution for Superintendent Teri Shaw to prepare the 2013-14 budget in tentative form, and the White Oak Lighting project.

It was also the final board meeting for board members Lou Klusak and Heidi Pfaff, who chose not to run again, and Board Vice President Jim Ringer, who lost his bid for re-election.

Narvick thanked the three for their work and extended praise to the incoming members.

“I really appreciate all your efforts,” Narvick said to the leaving members.

“And congratulations to the new board members on their win.”

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