Wednesday, June 01, 2016

CCSD Board of Trustees' "Open" Meetings?

Few outsiders attend when the Charleston County School Board makes its most controversial decisions.

It's not coincidental. 

As Wednesday's paper points out, "The board has voted in special called meetings this year to close Lincoln Middle-High School, review an audit of last year’s $18 million budget shortfall, approve teacher employment contracts before a state deadline passed, appoint principals to schools and add $5 million to the district’s fund balance. The meetings are often during weekday work hours and scarcely attended by the public."

Let's get this straight. Regular school board meetings now are once a month on a Monday night when the fully-employed can attend, yet since the beginning of this calendar year, the whole board has met in twice as many "special called" meetings held during the 9-to-5 workday. 

CCSD Board chair Cindy Bohn Coats assures us this ratio is merely temporary because of "unexpected issues."  Time will tell.

Perhaps we should call this procedure "following the letter of the law but not its spirit."


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