The authority to govern local school districts in Illinois is delegated from the General Assembly to local Boards of Education within the parameters established by the Illinois School Code. The seven members of the Bureau Valley School District #340 Board of Education are citizens and taxpayers of the district. By statute, Board members are elected to staggered, four year terms of office and receive no compensation for their roles as advocates for children and representatives of local taxpayers in providing oversight and governance to the school district.

Board of Education Membership Term Expires  District
Don King, President 2019 3
Justin Yepsen, Vice President 2021 4
Lynn Olds, Secretary 2021  7
Melissa Dye 2019 2
Tiffany Johnson 2021 5
Kent Siltman 2019 1
Matthew Wiggim 2019 6


 *The Board of Education generally meets at 7:00 p.m. on the Fourth Tuesday of every month. Please view the Agendas and Minutes section for more details on Board meetings, including dates, times and locations.

Board and District Contact Information

To contact the Board of Education, please call the district office at 815-445-3101. It is highly recommended that for emergencies or time sensitive responses, you contact people directly at the appropriate school or within the school district. For all other district business, please contact Superintendent Mr. Eric Lawson at  815-445-3101 or use the following email address bv340board@bureauvalley.net.


District Wide Goals as of January 23, 2018:

Short Term:

1.  Educate Stakeholders about Referendum Facts

2.  Retaining Quality Staff Members

3.  Curriculum Collaboration throughout District and District Assessments/Setting Student Growth Goals

Long Term:

1.  District Wide Curriculum

2.  Increase Educational/Vocational Opportunities for Junior High (when combined)

3.  Enhance HS Curriculum with Co-Op/Early Graduation Opportunities


Board Member Roles and Duties


Board of Education members cannot technically act in their roles individually; rather, their role is established in their collective authority at a public Board of Education meeting. Specifically, the Board sets the educational tone for the district, establishes goals, determines the District's educational policies, establishes and adopts the annual budget, oversees the expenditures of funds, approves the annual tax levy and conducts other fiduciary and policy responsibilities under the law. The Board of Education follows the Code of Conduct for Members of School Boards established by the Illinois Association of Schools Boards.


Superintendent Roles and Duties


The Board of Education and Superintendent constitute the management team for the District, with the Superintendent acting as chief executive officer. The Board hires, evaluates and seeks the recommendations of the Superintendent in all matters of district operations. In cooperation with all stakeholders and with the Building Principals, the Superintendent develops plans, programs and procedures needed to implement the policies and direction of the Board of Education, and is directly responsible for the management and leadership of the District's educational programs, personnel, finances, facilities, and daily operations. Specified functions and duties are delegated to the Building Principals, who act in their critical roles as the instructional and educational leaders for each building, while working within the framework of Board of Education policies and District goals.


Illinois Association of School Boards Membership

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is a voluntary organization of local Boards of Education dedicated to strengthening the Illinois public schools through local citizen control. Although not a part of state government, IASB is organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under authority granted by Article 23 of the Illinois School Code. The mission of the IASB is excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education. For more information regarding IASB and its programs, please visit www.iasb.com.


 Mandated Board Member Training Compliance

All Illinois school board members must receive training in the Open Meetings Act (Public Act 97-504) and professional development leadership (Public Act 97-8). Each Board member must complete training on the Open Meetings Act no later than 90 days after taking the oath of office in his or her first term. Each Board member must also complete at least 4 hours of professional development leadership training in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities within the first year of his or her first term. Mandatory training will also be required after the new teacher evaluation requirements are implemented in each school district. For additional information, see Board Policy 2:120. The following table contains the date that all mandatory training and development activities that were completed by each Board member.



Public Act 97-504 OMA Training

Public Act 97-8 PERA/PDLT

Don King

July 22, 2013

June 27, 2013

Justin Yepsen

June 7, 2013

June 27, 2013

Lynn Olds

June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

Melissa Dye

August 27, 2017

August 19, 2017

Tiffany Johnson

June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

Kent Siltman

June 20, 2013

June 27, 2013

Matthew Wiggim

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013




Upcoming Events


01/23 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


01/24 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


01/24 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm




01/25 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm