MADISON, NJ – The Madison Board of Education has changed its meeting schedule and structure to incorporate work sessions that encourage a dialogue between the Board and members of the public.

Board meetings will now be held twice per month. One meeting will serve as a work session and the other, a regular session when action can be taken. The Board has added an Oct. 10 meeting to its schedule, which originally listed only one meeting on Oct. 17.

The Oct. 10 meeting is the Board’s first work session, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside the Madison High School media center. The next regular session will be held the following Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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The schedule change came in response to several parent complaints at recent Board of Education meetings about what some parents said they feel is a “lack of transparency” between the Board and the public.

“The purpose of this is so that we can have more deliberate thought and more deliberate conversation as a Board,” said Superintendent Mark Schwarz.

“We have an involved public, which we welcome and encourage, and we want to have to opportunity to take into consideration the contributions of the public, as well as the contributions of the we can make maximally informed decisions.”

Several other changes were made to the Board’s remaining meeting dates for 2017, though the district site has not yet been updated.

Here’s a look at the Board’s new meeting schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Work session
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 - Regular session
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Work session
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Regular session
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 - Work session
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 - Regular session

All meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside the Madison High School media center.