Lyons Township High School District 204 Board of Education
The Board of Education and its Duties
The Board of Education is comprised of seven members who are elected by residents of the District to serve as your representatives and to oversee the operation of the school district. Board members are elected to four-year terms. State law does not limit the number of terms Board members may serve. Members serve without pay and elect their own officers.Members are charged with establishing policy, reviewing the budget and tax levy, serving as community leaders for education, and continuously evaluating the effectiveness and range of educational programs. Individual members do not serve as entities in themselves, but may act only as a part of a legally constituted body.
Board of Education Meeting Agendas are posted the Friday evening prior to a Monday Board of Education Meeting.
Copies of the agenda and supporting material are available at each meeting and are available on the table as you enter the Board Room.
The order of business at Board of Education meetings is generally as follows:
- Call to Order, Opening and Roll Call
- Approval of Agenda
- Communications and Visitor Comments
- Superintendent’s District Report
- Unfinished Business
- New Business
- Consent Agenda
- Closed Session
- Open Session
During the October 18, 2021, Lyons Township District 204 board meeting, the language and actions demonstrated by specific individuals during the public participation portion of the meeting were perceived to be abusive and hurtful to our faculty, staff, administration, school board, community members and most regrettably, to our students.
We understand that comments made by a few individuals do not represent the feelings held by the majority of the LT community. The comments made were yet another painful reminder of bigoted attitudes and beliefs, and demonstrate a lack of civility and compassion that still permeates the world we live in.
While the Board encourages constructive and active participation from the community, we cannot allow disparaging, ignorant, racist, homophobic or hateful comments. Individuals addressing the Board of Education are expected to behave with respect and civility toward others and adhere to Board policy 8.30, which includes, but is not limited to, the following: Individuals shall not strike, injure, threaten or intimidate a staff member, Board member, or any other person. Individuals shall not use vulgar or obscene language, or impede, delay, disrupt or interfere with a Board meeting. For full policy details, consult the Board Policy manual on the District’s website.
Our work to cultivate a culture of equity and belonging ensures that ALL students, regardless of race, creed, gender identity and socioeconomic background have access to the same opportunities to succeed at Lyons Township High School. We stand committed as ever to devote the resources needed to fulfill this mission.
We support and value our students, teachers, staff, parents, and the entire LT community. Together, we can ensure that every one of our students has the tools to succeed, beginning with a foundation built on belonging.You are invited to attend regular board meetings, generally held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room (Room 103), North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. Formal action is taken only at board meetings for which advance notice is given. When necessary, special, adjourned or committee meetings are held throughout the year.All meetings are open to the public. Items concerning personnel, school security, negotiations or litigation and other subjects permitted under the Open Meetings Act are discussed in closed session. However, all action is taken in open session.
Committee Meetings of the Whole
Committee meetings of the Whole are working sessions in which specific topics are discussed in greater detail. These meetings are open to the public and include a variety of reports and presentations made to the Board. The Board does not take action at these meetings and complies with the Open Meetings Act before taking action. Committee meetings are generally held at 6:30pm the week prior to each month’s Regular Action Meeting, and are posted accordingly.
How can I address the Board?
The Board welcomes and encourages community feedback during the regular board meetings. There are two opportunities for audience members to address the Board as outlined in the agenda at the beginning and end of the meeting. We kindly ask that you limit your comments to 3 minutes. While the Board appreciates your participation, please understand that we cannot actively engage in dialogue during public comment. We take all matters seriously and if there is a specific question or comment that requires follow up, the appropriate Board or Administration contact will respond at a later time.If you have a question of the Board, the matter may require further study by the Board and be referred to the administration for investigation and review. If action and/or discussion is required, the matter may be scheduled on the agenda of a future board meeting and you will be notified of the meeting date. You may expect the Board to act as promptly as circumstances allow and to notify you when it arrives at a decision.To contact the District 204 Board of Education, email: BOE@lths.netTo address the District 204 Board of Education, click Request to Address the Board of Education