Board Policy 7110

School District Elections and Board Member Oath of Office

  • School District elections are non-partisan, governed by the general election laws of the State, and include the election of School Board members, various public policy propositions, and advisory questions.  School Board members are elected at the consolidated election held on the first Tuesday in April in odd-numbered years.  If however, that date conflicts with the celebration of Passover, the consolidated election is postponed to the first Tuesday following the last day of Passover.  The canvass of votes is conducted by the election authority within 21 days after the election.

    The Board, by proper resolution, may place on the ballot:  (a) public policy referendum according to Article 28 of the Election Code, or (b) advisory questions of public policy according to Section 9-1.5 of the School Code.

    The Board Secretary serves as the local election official. He or she receives petitions for the submission of a public question to referenda and forwards them to the proper election officer and otherwise provides information to the community concerning District elections.

    OATH OF OFFICE TO INCOMING BOARD MEMBERS

    “I, _____(Name of Member)  _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of member of the Board of Education of Woodridge School District 68, in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois, to the best of my ability.

    I further swear (or affirm) that:

    I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a faithful protector of the School District’s assets;

    I shall encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by my fellow Board members and others who seek a hearing before the Board, while respecting the privacy of students and employees;

    I shall recognize that a Board Member has no legal authority as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a public Board Meeting;

    I shall respect the confidentiality of closed session information and will not divulge closed session information except to the extent required by law; and

    I shall abide by majority decisions of the Board, while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive changes.”

    As part of the Board of Education, I shall accept the responsibility for my role in the equitable and quality education of every student in the School District;

    I shall foster with the Board extensive participation of the community, formulate goals, define outcomes and set the course for Woodridge School District 68;

    I shall assist in establishing a structure and an environment designed to ensure all students have the opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a sound organizational framework 

    I shall strive to ensure a continuous assessment of student achievement and all conditions affecting the education of our children, in compliance with State law;

    I shall serve as education’s key advocate on behalf of students and our community’s schools to advance the vision for Woodridge School District 68; and

    I shall strive to work together with the District Superintendent to lead the School District toward fulfilling the vision the Board has created, fostering excellence for every student in the areas of academic skills, knowledge, citizenship, and personal development.