From my mailbox today:
"there are many disturbing rumors floating around that there were some closed door, hush-hush, nontransparent meetings that took place prior to the vote last Tuesday. This process was supposed to be open to the public, transparent and legitimate. It feels just the opposite. If there is an OUNCE of truth to these allegations, I feel that we, the parents of these students, are owed an apology. I think an explanation is in order. This is about elected officials acting inappropriately, unethically and immorally. I am asking that a full investigation be conducted and the public be made aware of the findings."My response:
I understand that you are unhappy with the outcome of the vote and your representation during the process. There isn't anything I can say that will take that away. I can say that a conversation between two board members that doesn't happen on the dais does not constitute a closed door, hush-hush, nontransparent, secret meeting. When I walked around CL19 while I spoke on the phone with Jennifer Bergel and told her that I just couldn't see her point about CL19 being three different communities, or later that evening called Joe Guzman to ask that he listen carefully to the case I would make on the dais the next night to keep CL19 together, it was not a closed door, hush-hush, nontransparent, secret meeting. When I stayed behind with Tom Marshall after meeting with residents to ask him what he thought of the data that they had presented, or when I pulled Tom Reed aside to ask him his priorities to get a sense of what I might propose by way of a compromise between members... these are not closed door, hush-hush, nontransparent, secret meetings. These are your representatives doing their jobs, and it should not be scandalized or criminalized.I should add that compromise is not corruption.
Correspondence to or from any member of the School Board is available to any member of the public via the Freedom of Information Act. That's every single email. All you have to do is call the LCPS Public Information information office and ask for it.