As much as we hear about activities from the state Legislature or Congress, there is one uniquely democratic institution that is close to home and responsive to your needs — a board of education.
Similar to New England town meetings, community members attend board of education meetings and are heard directly by their elected representatives.
Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office, at 31 Emory Ave.
Each meeting begins by calling the board to order. There must be a quorum of members — at least four board members in Cazenovia’s case — in order for the board to conduct business.
After a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance, board members begin their work.
Seated with board of education members at the meeting table are the superintendent of schools and the district’s assistant superintendent. The secretary to the superintendent also serves as the district clerk and records the minutes of the meetings and actions taken by board members.
There are two opportunities for area community members to participate in the Cazenovia Board of Education monthly meetings: once at the beginning of the meeting before any action is taken by the board, and again at the end after action items have been discussed and voted upon.
Having two opportunities ensures that the community can offer its opinions and ask questions of the seven elected board of education members as well as the school district’s administration.
One question that we are often asked is why board members and the administration do not discuss issues one-on-one from the board table with those in attendance.
Under Robert’s Rules of Order, the board and administration are supposed to residents’ comments and concerns but not necessarily to react at that time.