WILLIAMSFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
The Williamsfield Community Unit School District 210 held a Special Meeting this morning, for the main purpose of having a closed session for board self evaluation with a representative of a statewide association (IASB) as facilitator.
From their Official webpage, www.billtown.org:
Statement from the Board of Education & Superintendent Tim Farquer:
Earlier today, the Williamsfield Schools Board of Education held a self-assessment and training session in the Kutkat Conference Room. The session was facilitated by Reatha Owen, Field Services Director, from the Illinois Association of School Boards. During the session, all members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Tim Farquer engaged in open and honest dialogue in an effort to move forward together with the best interest of our students and community at heart. Much progress was made.
As a product of this session, we accept full responsibility for the divisiveness which currently exists. We openly acknowledge internal and community-wide issues in the areas of trust and communication. We accept full responsibility for the changes we must initiate in ourselves, to help our district and community move forward. We have begun the hard work to restore individual trust and respect. We know trust won’t be restored overnight, and are committed to the open and honest dialogue required on the journey. We are committed to working together toward a common voice. As individuals, and as a collective group, we will model the characteristics of The Billtown 9 and represent our community with pride.
For the sake of our kids, and for the betterment of our community, we welcome everyone to join us on this path forward. #weAreBilltown
Williamsfield Schools Board of Education &
Superintendent Tim Farquer
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SiPosted at 18:46h, 13 January
Finally! No matter how it took to get here, it looks as though things are moving toward the greater good of the children! Fingers crossed that this is the beginning of many more successful meetings. It sounds as if all parties were pleased with how it progressed. There always seems to be the one “negative Nancy” in the bunch. Pun intended.
Onward and upward!!!! Continued solidarity focussing on the one goal that seems to be common among both sides is how things should proceed. Glad for the Watchdogs to continue to update on progress in this district.
Dora JoePosted at 12:26h, 14 January
So glad to see this result. Everybody errs, sometimes without realizing it. What matters most is how you choose to move forward after being informed of your mistake. It sounds like this public body consists of people with the right amount of humility to do the job right. If all public bodies responded the way this one has, you would have a lot less work to do.