Question: There was recently a "community" meeting that was held with board members, staff and residents. However it was not publicized, there were no phone calls from the school and students did not come home with flyers. Some were told it was only those with Facebook who were told about the meeting. How come most people in the district did not find out about this until after it happened? If the school board is going to have a meeting about our children's education but only invite their Facebook friends, why call it a "community meeting?" Why is there no information to be found on the school's website about what went on?
Answer: The meeting in question was not organized by the school district or any member of the Board of Education. It was exactly as you said -- a community meeting organized by members of the community and hosted by residents. The school district did not publicize the meeting because it was not a district meeting. When word of the meeting reached the Board of Education, they asked the organizers if some members could attend; however, New York State's open meeting laws prohibited the board from sending more than three representatives to the meeting.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent