when: Board of Education, November 18th.
What’s wrong: The Board unanimously approved changes to district policy related to general participation in Board meetings and access to meeting materials and records.
Meeting agenda: The district posted the meeting agenda on the district’s website, but it was not a requirement of the policy. The new policy requires that the agenda of each meeting be posted on the district’s website at least 24 hours before the meeting. Items are only allowed to be added to the published agenda in case of an emergency or in the event of a minor issue within 24 hours of the meeting.
Citizen participation: The new Board policy makes it clear that residents have the opportunity to speak to the Board on agenda items prior to official Board actions, but there is not necessarily a public comment period specific to each agenda item. Under the new policy, most public comment rules can no longer be abandoned by the Board. Also, the general public cannot talk about the same topic or agenda item multiple times at each meeting.
Records management: The district’s previous policy stated that a records management committee consisting of board members, district public records officers, and district leaders would be responsible for implementing the district’s records management plan. The newly adopted policy blames the district’s record coordinator. This is the role that the updated policy assigns to the district’s business manager.
Meeting record: The board’s previous policy did not support board video recording. The new policy states that if district officials record a meeting, the video will be posted on the district’s website until the next meeting of the board. If the minutes of the previous meeting are approved by the board, the video will be removed from the district’s website and removed from the system.
— Julie Taylor, for LNP | LancasterOnline
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