Grayslake School Board Debates the Merits of Creating Committees
Waller, C. L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer
Grayslake Area Elementary District 46 school board members are considering forming a committee structure rather than have the entire seven-member school board discuss each issue from the start.
Just how effective the committees would be is debatable.
Board members Keith Surroz and Cheryl Davis both suggested the change, saying it could help the board function better.
"One of the reasons we flounder a little bit is we don't have a vehicle to get us there," Surroz said.
He said there could be committees addressing finance, policies, communications and volunteers.
Davis said, "It's a great way to allow people with different strengths to feel they can contribute."
However, Jerry Glaub, deputy director with the Illinois Association of School Boards, said sometimes boards that believe time will be saved end up spending more time on issues. Unless a board is clear about the purpose of the committees, panels can end up "looking over the superintendent's shoulder all the time," he said. "As a practical matter, committees often bog things down," Glaub said. …