(Ed's note: The following letter was sent to BOE members and reprinted here at the writer's request)
If the board is truly interested in public comment on agenda issues, why not encourage and facilitate such comment via electronic means? The board of education could, at little or no cost, with district or public assistance, set up a web-based "bulletin board" system by which to publish agendas and share comments.
Such a medium for information and opinion exchange would seem to be an excellent supplement and alternative to the present system of waiting around to see if the BOE will permit initial public comment on agenda items, or permit public comment following sessions. This would save the community's time and the board's, promote efficiency, accelerate decision-making and implementation processes.
I will further suggest that the BOE web-cast its sessions, so we can all review at our leisure the behavior that is referred to variously in the media, and be able to characterize it for ourselves.
Regrettably, I will take the board's failure to respond to or act on these suggestions as your vote for what many in the community view as secrecy and inaction, "business as usual" on the part of some board members. As an example, I am still waiting for promised action on voter fraud dating back to July 2000 (see: "Vote Early, Vote Often").