I attended the BOE meeting on June 21st and am deeply concerned about the state of our board. To start off, they held a COW meeting (6pm) on the same night as a public meeting (scheduled for 8pm). They had student presentations at the COW and retiree presentations at the public meeting. That is a lot to get through, now add an executive session that ran longer than expected. They came out of that at 8:30 and still needed to address and approve the policies on the COW agenda... The public meeting didn't start until close to 10pm. This was disrespectful to the teachers and administrators being honored.
The state ethics committee determined that there is no conflict of interest. If we defer to the state for everything else that is said or done by a board member, why is this different? In fact, I would like to know how the ethics committee would rule on board members bullying others into voting one way or another. As someone from the public mentioned during the meeting, we don't allow bullying in our schools, why should we allow it on the board.
I strongly urge the BOE to throw out the changes presented for policy 9210 during your July meeting. The organizations affected by this change will suffer and the children will suffer. Is that really your intended outcome? All of the members of the audience who spoke up during the meeting were not in favor of this change.
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