Here we go again. The Wake County School Board announced today that they are planning not only to cut the frequency of school board meeting from bi-monthly to monthly, but that they will also be restricting public comment even further during the meetings, all while further restricting the number of people who are allowed into the meeting room. Why all this trouble to further distance the Board from their constituents you may ask? According to our buddy Chair Margiotta, “It’s a way of streamlining meetings and accommodating some board members who are employed.”
Excuse me if I’m a bit confused.
The last time we checked, elected officials are elected to serve the people… not hide from them. While we are certainly sympathetic to the professional demands of those members who have other jobs, we don’t recall them complaining much about that. School board member are not volunteers, they are paid for their work, and it seems reasonable to expect the public would gain some sort of access to members.
Of course, the Board took pains to say that these changes were completely and totally unrelated to all of the negative public comments regarding the elimination of the diversity policy and the Board’s increasing incompetence in providing a comprehensive and workable substitute.
Sure, we would all like to reduce the parts of our jobs that we don’t really like, but we would get fired. Hmmmm…