this weeks edition:
A great weekend...
I enjoyed the weekend. It is always a privilege to recognize veterans throughout our community. Thanks to Evelyn Post, I had the honor of transporting the Parade Marshal, Ray Strader in my little red VW Beetle called Hermie. It was Hermie’s first official outing and while I was a bit concerned, he performed flawlessly.
I always enjoy these events. I have great admirations for those who served our country and fought for our freedom. This year marks the 50th year since my Dad left us. I always feel a bit closer to him when I think of veterans and the sacrifices they made and continue to make for us.
The balance of the weekend was devoted to “honey-do” projects and I faired pretty well at accomplishing what was on my list. In all… it was a good weekend.
I don’t understand…
I simply don’t understand the reasoning behind the Board of Educations’ blatant disregard for state code when it comes to taking action in a work session. Many readers will remember that I discussed the matter in this space a few weeks ago. I addressed my concerns to the president. I even sent her a copy of an WV Ethics Commission written opinion that plainly stated that no action may be taken during a work session.
I tried to bring the error to their attention politely and professionally. I am even more disappointed that no one from the board or the administrative office has even had the courtesy to discuss the matter, or their lack of action with me.
This Board of Education has stated repeatedly that they want to restore public trust in their body. How can they possibly accomplish that task when they won’t own up to their mistake? If they have a valid reason, which I don’t think they can, then why won’t they take the time to let me know their position? I don’t think that is asking too much.
All I received was copies of two agendas for the October 6 work session and their regular meeting on October 10. Having two separate meeting was never the issue. Nor was there a problem with the way they presented the agendas. It was the fact that the action to suspend a student couldn’t be taken during a work session; it had to be done in an official meeting, which has never happened.
I have discussed this with the West Virginia Press Association. They and our attorney, have reassured me that my position is correct. I don’t intend to let this slide. The Board of Education, as any public body, must follow state law and it is our job to make sure that happens.