The success of Paoli students and the school corporation rely upon the involvement of all stakeholders - students, parents, staff and members of the community. This FAQ section is intended to provide meaningful information. If you have suggestions or questions not answered here, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (812) 723-4717 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When a school-related issue or concern arises, should I contact a school board member by phone or email to voice my concern?
Answer: School board members have a duty to direct concerns or complaints "to the proper administrative office and considering them only after failure of an administrative solution." The appropriate building administrator(s) should be contacted to discuss your concern and if it is not able to be resolved at the building-level, the superintendent should then be contacted. If policy is followed, most issues are resolved at the school. When necessary to resolve on-going concerns, the superintendent will provide recommendations to the school board for new policies or policy changes when it is in the best interest of all students and the School Corporation.
May patrons speak or address the board during meetings?
Answer: To address the board or to participate in discussions, a patron may request to be put on the agenda prior to the meeting by contacting the superintendent prior to the scheduled meeting (812-723-4717). If not on the agenda, the Board President may authorize brief presentations to the board toward the end of the meeting if a patron made their wishes known to the Board President either prior to the meeting or during a break of the meeting. Often the board will not be able to respond to questions or concerns made during a meeting and school administrators are asked to investigate questions and concerns if this had not already occurred. For this reason, patrons should direct questions and share concerns with the appropriate school administrator before bringing the matter to the board.
What is the Open Door Law?
Answer: The Indiana General Assembly enacted the Open Door Law in 1977 with the intent that the official action of public agencies be conducted and taken openly, unless otherwise expressly provided by statute, in order that the people may be fully informed. This intent is furthered by requirements in the Open Door Law that public bodies, including school boards, give public notice of all meetings and take action and conduct most deliberations in a meeting open to everyone. A “meeting” occurs whenever a majority of the school board meets for the purpose of taking “official action," including receiving information, deliberating, making recommendations, establishing policy, making decisions and taking final action.
What is a "Special" school board meeting and who is allowed to attend?
Answer: Special meetings are those meetings that deviate from the regular schedule of meetings. They may be called by either the president or the superintendent. The call for a special board meeting is accomplished by communicating to each board member a written notice (or email) specifying the date, time, and place of the meeting. The Open Door Law provides that 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) notice of special meetings must be given to the news media that annually request such notification and a copy of the notice of the special board meeting must be posted at the administration office or the building where the meeting will be held. Other than the date and/or time differing from regular meetings, Special meetings may include the same attendees and operate in the same fashion as a regular meeting.
When is the next school board meeting?
Answer: The next meeting is on the second Monday of each month at 7pm, or at the conclusion of a scheduled, executive work session. Patrons are always welcome at Paoli Community School Corporation’s school board meetings. The agenda, time, date, and place of each meeting will be posted on the door of the superintendent’s office at 501 Elm St., Paoli, IN 47454.