Hoping to end an era of long and late meetings, the Davis School Board is streamlining its agendas and has moved the starting time of its bi-weekly meeting up 1 1/2 hours.
The changes come after a recent board retreat where school board members complained that meeting agendas were packed with too many items for consideration and a 7 p.m. starting time usually meant that the last item sometimes didn't get considered until near midnight.All meetings, including monthly town meetings at area high schools, will start at 5:30 p.m. The board will also consider fewer items.
"I am convinced we are more responsive from 5:30 to 8 or 9 than we are 10:30 to midnight," said board President Lynn Summerhays.
The board had first considered a time change three months ago but had drawn opposition from the PTA, which was concerned homemakers couldn't attend the early meetings. The plan had been tabled and then reintroduced at a board meeting last week.
Summerhays said the board spoke with Shauna Nakaya, regional director of the PTA, and was satisfied items of most interest to the public could be saved until later in the board meeting.
Board members also agreed that shifting information items and first agenda reading items to the beginning of the meeting would help give time to the public to attend. Summerhays also said he was dismayed that information items about curriculum were often left until the end of board meetings. Presenters were faced with a tired board and usually no one in the audience.
Board member Dan Eastman said the board will attempt to set up specific times for specific items, especially those that are of particular interest to the public.