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The Mid-Prairie school board is considering retooling its meeting format, which would include an earlier start time.
At the Aug. 27 board meeting, Superintendent Mark Schneider proposed changing the current format, which a business meeting for the first meeting of the month and a work session as the second meeting of the month.
“Usually, both meetings last approximately two hours,” Schneider said. “Occasionally, the business meeting will last longer, especially if there are reports – non-action items – on the agenda.”
The meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, and each begins at 7 p.m.
“The idea under consideration is to continue to have two meetings a month,” Schneider said. “But instead of having a business meeting at one and the work session at another, the thinking is to have both a work session and a business meeting at each meeting.”
He explained that all reports and non-action items would be part of the work session in the first part of each meeting.
He added that the format change would enable meetings to start earlier. He suggested a 6:15 p.m. starting time.
“The principals would be required to be at every work session, but they could leave at 7:15 p.m. if they are not needed for the business meeting,” he said.
As an example, Schneider suggested the work session would run from 6:15-7:15 p.m., and the regular business meeting would go from 7:15-8:15 p.m.
The change, Schneider said, would promote better communication between the board and administrators.
“It is also hoped that this format will help facilitate better communication between the board members and administrative team because there is a work session, which is more informal than the regular business meeting, at every meeting, giving individuals more opportunity to ask more questions and have deeper dialogue,” he said.
Although the board took no action on the proposal, the consensus was that they will review it.
Schneider said that any changes could begin in October.