Dear Mr. Meyer,
As a journalist, I recommend that you revisit Journalism 101 and the topic: Sunshine Laws. As late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The antics of Watergate made us all sit up and observe the actions of our government. School districts are the very closest form of government to our hearts as democracy loving Americans. We directly vote on the appointment of volunteer Board of Education (BOE) members and we directly vote on the School Budget. That being said, the BOE clearly wants to move away from their connection to the people. By President Dr. Joan Calkins' own admission, "the board no longer holds executive sessions in a predetermined location." Maybe if you read my posting on open meetings law, you would know that executive sessions can only be predetermined under specific circumstances and the board must convene in public before they can move to executive session. Furthermore, they must meet in public to explain why they are going into executive session. For example, if they are going into executive session to discuss contract negotiations, they must express that to the public. That way, John Q Public can rant and rave about how teachers are overpaid, underworked, taxes are too high, or perhaps how administrators have no accountability for their theft of the taxpayer dollar. The school board clearly is violating open meetings laws. Mr. Meyer, you've been sitting and watching the school board do this for years. Why haven't you questioned school board practices? Why haven't you requested they be more open? Should you not be the champion of open meeting laws perhaps you need to look in the mirror and question yourself as the editor of the local newspaper.
I would also like to address the "we" you refer to. Are you using "we" in the royal sense? My guess is not, so please elaborate on the "we" you speak for?
Lastly, I can guarantee that the every teacher's first priority is the children. As a retired teacher, I assure you that minute by minute, day by day, year by year, lesson by lesson, grade by grade it's the kids. You, as a graduate of Hamburg High School, should know that. How many teachers touched your life, encouraged you, made you smile, and taught you something that you still think about today? And then, I ask you to recall how many administrators changed your life as a student (not as and editor, but as a student)?
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