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It won't be business as usual at this Thursday night's school board meeting.
The Shelby County School Board will test run a new format to their regularly scheduled meeting this week where they will spend additional time discussing issues coming before the board and less time voting ‘yeah’ or ‘nay.’
Superintendent James Neihof said this “work session” format is designed to give board members and district personnel more time to discuss motions and ideas before making final decisions.
Typically the board will have two regular sessions a month where they discuss and move on issues ranging from how to allocate tax dollars to assessing student achievement.
Before each session, the upcoming meeting’s agenda and the accompanying materials are mailed to each of the board members for them to read.
However, as the district grows so does the number of decisions that are coming before the board. And the amount of time for discussion for each item on the agenda is sometimes limited, Neihof said.
At these work session the emphasis would be on discussing the board’s upcoming decisions.
Neihof said this model should give board members more time to absorb the material they are given and better understand the issues.
He said, typically, no motions would be made during or voted on during work sessions.
If the board adopts the “work session” model, then up to one of the two monthly meetings could be work sessions.
This model has been adopted by other district and has proven effective, Neihof said.
Neihof said adopting this model is at the board’s discretion.
He said if they feel it is beneficial, the board will arrange next years meeting schedule accordingly.
During this week’s pilot work session, the board will discuss next year’s board goals.