Regular meetings of the Board of Education are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the 12th floor board room of the Presidential Building, 415 12th St. NW.

A community meeting is held the first Wednesday of each month, from October through May, in one of the wards. All board and committee meetings and hearings are open to the public.

The board publishes notices of these events and summaries of the actions taken at regular monthly meetings. Call 724-4289 or 724-4290 to be placed on a mailing list, to register to speak at a meeting or to contact your ward representative on the board.

Since 1968, the District has had an elected board of education with elections held every two years. Board members serve staggered four-year terms. There are 11 members -- one representing each of the eight wards and three representing the city-at-large.

R. Calvin Lockridge, president, Ward 8 Committee of the Whole; Barbara Lett Simmons, vice president, atlarge; Bettie G. Benjamin, Ward 5; Nathaniel Bush, Ward 7, Committee on Special Education; Linda W. Cropp, Ward 4, Committee on Students, Parents, and Community Support Services; Eugene Kinlow, at-large, Committee on Systems and Management; Alaire B. Rieffel, Ward 2, Committee on Educational Development and Assessment; Carol L. Schwartz, Ward 3, Committee on Educational Operation; Frank Shaffer-Corona, at-large; Frank Smith Jr., Ward 1, Subcommittee on Rules of the Committee of the Whole; John E. Warren, Ward 6, Committee on Audit, Budget and Financial Oversight and general counsel.