Board of Education meetings are subject to the Illinois Open Meetings Act and, with the exception of matters legally allowed for closed session discussion, are held in public. All actions of the Board of Education occur in the public setting. Upon election to office, board members take an Oath of Office to publicly express, among other things, their commitment to respect taxpayer interests by serving as faithful protectors of the school district's assets. They commit to respect and encourage free expression of opinion by fellow board members and others with the understanding that they must also respect the privacy of students and employees. Board members acknowledge that individually they have no legal authority and that decisions can be made only by majority vote of the board at a public meeting.