On Tuesday night, the Riverside District 96 Board of Education will hold its first question-and-answer period. Under a new policy adopted in February in an attempt to improve communication, the board decided hold an informal question-and-answer period with two board members about six times a year before regularly scheduled board meetings.

Board members Art Perry and Michael O’Brien will host the first question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m. in the L.J. Hauser Junior High School Learning Resource Center, otherwise known as the library. Board President Mary Ellen Meindl was originally scheduled to host the first question-and-answer session but will not be at tonight’s meeting because of an illness in her family, Perry said.

District residents are invited to attend and to ask questions. Only two board members will be on hand during the question-and-answer session so that the meeting does not have to follow the strict rules and procedures set out by the Open Meetings Act.

Board members will rotate hosting the sessions throughout the year.

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