Board of Education

  • The Community Unit School District 300 is governed by the Board of Education consisting of seven elected members. The Board’s powers and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce, and monitor all policies for the management and governance of the district’s schools.

    Information for Board of Education Meetings

    Board of Education meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., beginning with call to order and closed session at 6 p.m. All meetings are held at the Central Office, 2550 Harnish Drive, Algonquin. No meetings are scheduled during Fall Break, Winter Break, or Spring Break.

    Board Meetings can be viewed live on the District 300 YouTube channel beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

    Board Meetings with Spanish language captions can be viewed live on the District 300 YouTube Spanish channel beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Captions are now available on both English and Spanish YouTube channels for the live streams:

    • To view with captions, click the "CC" in the lower right-hand corner of the video player

    • There are also options for different size and text color

  • Board Guidelines for Public Participation

    Members of the public, especially residents of District 300, are welcome to connect with the Board at a board meeting during public participation.

    Board Guidelines for Public Participation are as follows:

    During each regular and special open meeting of the Board, members of the public and District employees may comment on or ask questions of the board, subject to reasonable constraints. The Board listens to comments or questions during public participation; responses to comments to or questions of the Board are most often managed through policy 3:30, Chain of Command. Participants seeking to provide public comment must complete the electronic sign-in located in the Central Office lobby prior to 6:30 p.m. or the start of the open meeting. Individuals cannot share unused time with other public participants. The participants appearing before the Board are expected to follow these guidelines:

    1. Address the Board only at the appropriate time as indicated on the agenda and when recognized by the Board President. This includes following the directives of the Board President to maintain order and decorum for all.

    2. Total length of time at a regular Board of Education meeting for Public Participation will be limited to two hours. However, upon the vote of a majority of the Board such time may be increased. This limitation on time does not apply to special meetings for the specific purpose of public input.

    3. Individuals may be heard during Public Participation without notice by requesting permission of the President (or President Pro Tempore). Request must be made prior to adoption of the agenda.

    4. Individuals may be heard during Public Participation without notice by requesting permission of the President (or President Pro Tempore). Requests must be made prior to adoption of the agenda.

    5. Individuals (up to 40) may speak to the Board for three minutes. In unusual circumstances, and when the person has given advance notice of the need to speak for a longer period of time, the Board President may allow a person to speak for more than three minutes. To request additional speaking time, the individual must:

      1. Complete 2:230-E1, Exhibit - Extended Public Participation Request Form no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day prior to the Board Meeting at which the individual will be speaking. This form can be requested by contacting the Board of Education’s Executive Assistant.

      2. Provide an explanation detailing why the allotted three minutes is not sufficient for the individual’s public comment.

      3. Requests for additional time may only be granted if the requester seeks to speak on a current or previous agenda topic. The agenda topic and date discussed (or scheduled to be discussed) must be provided. Requests for additional time to address topics of personal interest will be denied.

      4. Following submission of the request, the completed form will be provided to all Board members for their review.

      5. The Board President will be responsible for individually consulting each Board members to determine if there is an objection to the request.

      6. The decision to grant or deny the request rests with the Board President and his/her decision shall be final.

    6. Identify oneself by name, relationship to District, state the concern, and limit comments to three minutes (as described above).

    7. Observe, when necessary and appropriate, the Board President's authority to:

      1. Shorten public comment to conserve time and give the maximum number of individuals an opportunity to speak and/or;

      2. Determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise covered in Board of Education policy.

    8. Questions raised shall be assigned by the President to someone for an answer if it is determined that the question merits an answer.

    9. Minors will not be heard by the Board of Education unless they are accompanied by the parent or guardian.

    10. Charges, complaints, or challenges against staff members of the District will not be heard in open meeting. They shall be made in writing and discussed in closed session.

    11. Pursuant to Illinois Election Code, Section 9-25.1, District property or resources cannot be used in connection with any prohibited political activity, which includes urging any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition. Therefore, speakers may not engage in electioneering during public comment and while on District property. In the event a public participant violates this directive, the District will submit a video copy of public participation to the State's Attorney for their review and consideration of initiating criminal charges against the speaker for violating Illinois Election Code.

    12. Conduct oneself with respect and civility toward others and otherwise abide by Board policy 8:30, Visitors to and Conduct on School Property.

    Petitions or written correspondence to the Board shall be presented to the Board of Education at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

    Additionally, you can reach the Board at any time via email at, which will send an identical email to all board members simultaneously. Please know that the Board does not reply to emails. Instead, the Board forward emails to the Superintendent who will review the concerns outlined and provide a response on behalf of the Board and district. The Board is copied on all responses and works with the Superintendent to ensure that any concerns outlined are addressed in accordance with district, state, and federal requirements.

    Open Meetings Act

    To continue learning about government, you are welcome to read the Attorney General's Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120) Frequently Asked Questions linked below in the “General Information” section. The D300 Open Meetings Act Officer is Colleen O’Keefe, Chief Legal Counsel.

    Board Calendar, Agendas, Minutes, and Video Recordings

    Full calendar of Board Meeting dates

    Board Meeting agendas and minutes

    Video Recordings of previous Board Meetings

    Spanish translations of Board Meeting materials 

    Staff Contact

    Diane Stratton, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
    Recording Secretary to the Board of Education

    Contact Us

    Community Unit School District 300

    Board of Education
    2550 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL  60102