Monday is typically a busy night for government meetings in Evanston, but that may change next year.

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board raised the possibility Monday night of shifting its regular, working, and major committee meetings to Tuesday nights.

When the suggestion was raised Monday by member Richard Rykhus, the only resistance he received came from members, such as Katie Bailey, who were concerned that it might cause confusion if the change were made this school year.

But all members indicated a willingness to consider the possibility for the year beginning next June.

Members insisted, however, that the background material for the meeting continue to be distributed to them…and the public…on Fridays, to give board members a chance to review the material over the weekend.

Superintendent Paul Goren said he sees no problem from his administrative staff, who would probably welcome the change.

To do it immediately, several board members said, might conflict with other meetings of such organizations as the PTAs, who have already set their calendars for this year.

For years, city and school officials have decried the fact that everybody meets on Mondays, including the Evanston City Council.

Board President Tracy Quattrocki said she was hopeful the board would receive input from the public before a decision is made.

There was no immediate reaction from the Evanston High School District 202 Board, for it was holding its regular meeting at the very same moment Monday night that the suggestion was made.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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