A community engagement and district direction meeting was held Tuesday night by the Bond County Community Unit 2 board of education.
Over 50 district residents attended the public session which was facilitated by Larry Dirks, director of field services for the Illinois School Board Association.
For nearly two and one-half hours, those in attendance presented opinions and viewpoints about student achievement, programs and curriculum, facilities, finances and community/district relations.
Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson felt it was a productive session for the school board, administration and those in attendance.
Olson said he was impressed with the turnout and the engagement of those at the meeting. “I know there’s a lot more work to do,” he said, “but certainly this is a huge step in regards to engaging some voices throughout the community.” He said he applauded the board for holding the meeting and was thankful for the variety of community members who participated.
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The district is currently operating at a deficit, mostly due to reductions in state funding. The meeting was called to seek input from the public about Unit 2’s situation.
Board President Edmar Schreiber said he believes the meeting was the start of the public becoming more involved with the school district.
He said it was, “an extremely successful evening.” He said he hopes, “the conversations that began tonight will continue in the future to help bring success back to the halls of our schools.”
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Dirks will be compiling the input from the residents and plans to present it to the board for discussion. The October 8 meeting will be open to the public.
Five of the seven school board members were at Tuesday’s session, with Frank Doll and Nate Prater absent.