Urbana school board postpones votes to next week
URBANA — The Urbana school board on Tuesday night postponed voting on any issues on its agenda, including whether to hire a candidate for principal at Urbana High School.
It will vote on those issues next week.
The board was already scheduled to meet March 12.
Superintendent Preston Williams said the votes were postponed because "we're still looking over the information."
Board President John Dimit and member Brenda Carter were both absent.
Don Owen, the district's future superintendent and current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, introduced that principal candidate, Matthew Stark.
Stark has spent his career at Brown County High School in Nashville, Ind., since 1992. He has been principal there for 10 years.
"We're going to try to do what's in the best interest of each individual kid," Stark told the board Tuesday. He said he's excited at the prospect of leading the high school and isn't the kind of person who moves from job to job.
"I'm not a person who bounces," he said.
Board member Peggy Patten welcomed Stark.
"Welcome to Urbana," she said. "We look forward to working with you."
Don Craven, attorney for the Illinois Press Association, said Tuesday afternoon that the school board would be in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act if it met Tuesday evening, because it sent out its agenda via email Friday but didn't post it to its website until about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Craven told The News-Gazette on Monday that the law says public bodies that maintain a website with their own staff must post agendas on their websites at least 48 hours before meeting.
On Tuesday, he said citizens concerned by the violation should contact the public access counselor in the Illinois attorney general's office or file suit in circuit court.