A key component for building trust and cohesiveness in a school district revolves around transparency and accountability. On July 26, the school board held a Special Meeting dedicated to obtaining legal advice regarding statutory notice requirements for the upcoming election. The majority of the meeting was held behind closed doors (see video). At the conclusion of the meeting, President Carson provided the following statement, "“There are important educational reform issues in our school district and these are important to our electorate. Under the law we must reserve a potential spot on the ballot at least 100 days before the election and any final decision on this question will be made by the Board in late August.”
When asked what measures are under consideration for the November election, Carson responded that the reform efforts are still under deliberation and declined to comment. The public is eager to listen and ready to engage with the Board, but are at a distinct disadvantage when conversations are held behind closed doors.
The law and policy of this state affirm that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret. The intent of the Open Meetings Law is to ensure that the public has access to meetings, including school board meetings, at which public business is considered. The law guarantees that citizens will be given a greater opportunity to become fully informed on issues of public importance so that meaningful participation in the decision-making process may be achieved.
This public petition is the third request made to the Board of Education. The first request was made by email on August 2nd (click here to read); the second attempt was made during Public Comment on August 7th (click here to read).