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105 ILCS 5/34-2.2
(105 ILCS 5/34-2.2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.2)
Local school councils; manner of operation.
(a) The annual organizational meeting of each local school council
shall be held at the attendance center or via videoconference or teleconference if guidance from the Department of Public Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention limits the size of in-person meetings at the time of the meeting. At the annual organization meeting,
which shall be held no sooner than July 1 and no later than July 14, a parent
member of the local school council shall be selected by the members of such
council as its chairperson, and a secretary shall be selected by the members of
such council from among their number, each to serve a term of one year.
However, an organizational meeting held by members elected to a local school council under subsection (c-5) of Section 34-2.1 may be held no sooner than January 11, 2021 and no later than January 31, 2021. Whenever a vacancy in the office of chairperson or secretary of a local school
council shall occur, a new chairperson (who shall be a parent member) or
secretary, as the case may be, shall be elected by the members of the local
school council from among their number to serve as such
chairperson or secretary for the unexpired term of office in which the
vacancy occurs. At each annual organizational meeting, the time and
place of any regular meetings of the local school council shall be fixed.
Special meetings of the local school council may be called by the
chairperson or by any 4 members from an attendance center enrolling students up to grade 8 or any 5 members from a secondary attendance center or an attendance center enrolling students in grades 7 through 12, by giving notice thereof in writing,
specifying the time, place and purpose of the meeting. Public notice of
meetings shall also be given in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.
(b) Members and officers of the local school council shall serve
without compensation and without reimbursement of any expenses incurred in
the performance of their duties, except that the board of education may by
rule establish a procedure and thereunder provide for reimbursement of
members and officers of local school councils for such of their reasonable
and necessary expenses (excluding any lodging or meal expenses) incurred in
the performance of their duties as the board may deem appropriate.
(c) A majority of the full membership of the local school council
shall constitute a quorum, except as provided in subsection (c-5), and whenever a vote is taken on any measure
before the local school council, a quorum being present, the affirmative
vote of a majority of the votes of the full membership then serving of the
local school council shall determine the outcome thereof; provided that
whenever the measure before the local school council is (i) the evaluation
of the principal, or (ii) the renewal of his or her performance contract or
the inclusion of any provision or modification of the contract, or (iii)
the direct selection by the local school council of a new principal
a new principal to fill a vacancy) to serve under a 4 year performance
contract, or (iv) the determination of the names of candidates to be submitted
to the general superintendent for the position of
principal and any
student members of a local school council shall not be counted for purposes of
determining whether a quorum is present to act on the measure and shall have no
vote thereon; and provided further that 7 affirmative votes of the local school
council shall be required for the direct selection by the local school
of a new principal
to serve under a 4 year performance contract but not for the renewal of a
principal's performance contract.
(c-5) If the number of members serving on a local school council at an attendance center enrolling students through the 8th grade falls below 7 members due to vacancies, then 4 serving members of whom at least 2 are parent or community members of the local school council shall constitute a quorum for the sole purpose of convening a meeting to fill vacancies through appointments in accordance with the process set forth in Section 34-2.1 of this Code. If the number of members serving on a local school council at a secondary attendance center falls below 8 members due to vacancies, then 5 serving members of whom at least 2 are parent or community members of the local school council shall constitute a quorum for the sole purpose of convening a meeting to fill vacancies through appointments in accordance with the process set forth in Section 34-2.1 of this Code. For such purposes, the affirmative vote of a majority of those present shall be required to fill a vacancy through appointment by the local school council.
(d) Student members shall not be eligible
to vote on personnel matters, including but not limited to principal
evaluations and contracts and the allocation of teaching and staff resources.
(e) The local school council of an attendance center which provides
bilingual education shall be encouraged to provide translators at each
council meeting to maximize participation of parents and the community.
(f) Each local school council of an attendance center which provides
bilingual education shall create a Bilingual Advisory Committee or
recognize an existing Bilingual Advisory Committee as a standing committee.
The Chair and a majority of the members of the advisory committee shall be
parents of students in the bilingual education program. The parents on the
advisory committee shall be selected by parents of students in the
bilingual education program, and the committee shall select a Chair. The
advisory committee for each secondary attendance center shall include at
least one full-time bilingual education student. The Bilingual Advisory
Committee shall serve only in an advisory capacity to the local school council.
(g) Local school councils may utilize the services of an arbitration
board to resolve intra-council disputes.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-194, eff. 7-30-21; 102-296, eff. 8-6-21; 102-677, eff. 12-3-21.)