What to Expect at a Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Marion Community Schools welcomes your attendance. 

When and where are Board meetings conducted?

Regular Board meetings are normally held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in the Board Room of the Education Service Center.  Meetings usually begin at 6:00 p.m.  A complete schedule of all meetings is posted on the website.  In addition, Board meeting minutes are posted on the website.

What is the School Board?

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees is an elected governmental body charged with providing educational programs for children who reside within the attendance boundaries of the corporation.  The seven members are state officials who serve four years.  Members are elected in November and take office in January.

What is accomplished at Board meetings?

Board meetings are for the purpose of hearing reports, acting upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, adopting the annual budget and tax rates, and authorizing the spending of funds.  Any matter may come before the Board, yet the Board's responsibility is as a policy making entity.  Operational school related issues are handled through administrative channels, and patrons are encouraged to utilize the contact information contained herein to assist them.

May I address the Board?

  • Public participation is permitted under the agenda item entitled "Public Comment" or at a time prior to a vote on an agenda item;  and must be restricted to items appearing on the agenda.
  • Those persons who wish to address the Board must sign in with the recording secretary and list the issue they wish to address.
  • The presiding officer administers the procedures of the Board regarding public participation.
  • The portion of the meeting during which public participation is invited is limited to 30 minutes.
  • Each participant is limited to no more than five minutes.
  • No participant may speak more than once on the same topic.
  • All participants must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation.
  • Remarks which reflect adversely against the character or motive of a person are out-of-order.  Also, attacks in the form of inferences, insinuations, and innuendoes against the character or motives of a person are out-of-order.
  • Any questions may be referred to staff members for later response after investigation.  Board members generally do not respond directly to questions/comments.
  • All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer;  no person may question Board members individually.
What is the role of the Superintendent?

The Superintendent is a professional educator employed by the Board to carry out adopted policies and is responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the schools.  Through input and consultation with Board members, the Superintendent prepares the agenda for each Board meeting.  The Superintendent can assist patrons by helping to direct their comments and concerns to the appropriate personnel, or responding himself.

How do I get my questions answered?

Most issues and questions are resolved at the building level.  Parents and patrons are encouraged to contact teachers and principals as a first step.  Principals are authorized and expected to make decisions for their students.  Questions that are not resolved by the building level personnel may be directed to the proper personnel in the Education Service Center.  Parents and patrons are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions via email.

We look forward to working with you!