A DeKalb parent sent me this note: The DeKalb School Board meeting to unveil their “2020 Vision” (part of the reason for undergoing the redistricting nightmare of the winter) was originally scheduled for Friday (before a holiday weekend) at 9:00 a.m. Sometime on Thursday, it was rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Then later in the day (after 5:00 p.m.) it was re-scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (on the Friday before a holiday weekend). I’m just asking: is this the transparency the DeKalb School Board hopes to achieve?
So, I asked the county schools if these facts were true. This is the note this morning from DeKalb schools spokesman Walter Woods:
True that the meeting was moved from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. because of scheduling issues and the board added an executive session before their public meeting. The meeting times change pretty regularly, and executive sessions to hear briefings on personnel matters or from the legal team are added frequently as well (don’t know what’s on today’s executive session agenda).
The after 5 p.m. change on the web site was actually a glitch with IT; it was supposed to happen much earlier yesterday, and Ms. Tyson was not happy that the change happened so late. This is certainly not an attempt to hide the 2020 Vision plan, or any other item, from the public.
And this will not be the last meeting on 2020 Vision. It’s not scheduled to be formally approved until August as I understand it, and the public will have many opportunities to discuss the details of the plan.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog