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Amy Sexton Political Science 205 11/5/08 Meeting Response Paper Dis 8:50 FRI School District 145, Arbor Park Middle School’s Board Meeting I attended a school board meeting in Oak Forest, Illinois. Arbor Park Middle School is the largest junior high school in the south side of Chicago. It is a part of District 145. I attended this school board meeting October 1 st , 2008 at 7 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. This particular meeting was held in Arbor Park’s auditorium inside the school. In researching before the meeting, I found that the Illinois Constitution requires the State to provide for an efficient system of high quality public educational institutions and services in order to achieve the educational development of all persons to the limits of their capabilities. The General Assembly has implemented this mandate through the creation of school districts. The District is governed by the laws for school districts having a population of not fewer than 1,000 and not more than 500,000. In the Arbor Park Middle School’s Policy Manual, it states, “The Board of Education constitutes a body corporate that possesses all the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes, and in that name may sue and be sued, purchase, hold and sell personal property and real estate, and enter into such obligations as are authorized by law.” Arbor Park Middle School District 145’s school board meetings always begin with restating the school’s philosophy principles. “The district’s educational program is based on the following principles of development: 1) Each child is unique and has his/her own rate and pattern of physical, mental, social, and emotional growth. 2) Growth is continuous. 3) A feeling of success and a lack of the inhibiting fear of failure are essential
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for normal growth. 4) Children face certain common development tasks and should work at these tasks when they reach proper maturity levels.” I found it so interesting that the board meeting began with this particular philosophy. It seemed to almost calm and reconstruct the audience to the board’s full attention. During this school board meeting, numerous topics were introduced and
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