A suggestion for the Riverside District 96 Board of Education: Until you get a grasp of exactly how to run a meeting, have your attorney attend meetings to guide you through the rules of order.

A lot has changed on this school board, which has a new president and vice president and really no one with more than a couple of years of experience. While no one expects new board members to have all of the fine points of meeting organization down, it’s painful to watch a board fumble its way through an agenda. Not understanding the rules of order unnecessarily creates conflict and allows for critics to charge incompetence.

Having the district’s attorney at hand as a resource for matters of order can serve to keep things in line and help the board navigate what is clearly a learning curve.