Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Smoke and Mirrors. And More Smoke. And More Mirrors. With Color Maps!

The first item on the agenda for last night's school board meeting was "To approve a full boundary study and timeline through CONSULTANT." That full boundary study is wholly unrelated to the quandary of where to place the middle schoolers next year given the closure of Daughter's middle school. The issue of where the middle schoolers are going is being fast-tracked with an immediate study only touching upon middle schoolers.

So what's the first thing out of the chute last night? The freakin' short-term study. Packets were passed out to board members. Everyone was looking through it and asking questions.

And when I say "everyone," I don't mean the public. No notice that this was going to be discussed. No posting of the materials online. No clue that this was a subject. Peeking out of the "public copy" binder was a copy of the report, although no one knew to look at it before the meeting started because it wasn't on the agenda. And we already had all the materials associated with the agenda, right? Right?

Do you want to know why I think the superintendent and her lackeys are lying and conniving? Actions such as this one.

Throwing in a comment of, "We only just got this one hour ago" doesn't change the rules of the game. Not one board member apparently had a chance to review it before the meeting. And yet they all oohed and aahed over it.

Look. Pretty colored maps. Ooooooooh. Aaaaaaaaah.


As for it being posted after the meeting? Not yet. [FOOT TAPPING] So much for transparency and open government and the Brown Act and so on and so forth.

But, look. Pretty colors. Ooooooooh. Aaaaaaaaah.

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