Pencader Charter School
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES
December 10, 2012
Parents & Staff spoke on several topics
School board meeting minutes in text are a condensed version of what actually transpires at school board meetings. However, for years school board recording secretaries have recorded board meetings on tape and use them to go back and create printed minutes. But until the law requires digital recordings of public session of school board meetings be posted online very few will ever know what parents and school staff ever said during “their” time to address the board. This could be good and bad news.
School board meetings are “public” meetings and for the record. However, the manipulation of board minutes to water down or filter-out critical information is not being good stewards of public trust and governance of public schools. It needs to change!
I ask that all Delaware legislators come together and support HB 23 that would require all Delaware boards of education for traditional and votech school districts as well as board of directors for all Delaware charter school be require to digital (audio) record public sessions of board meetings and post recordings on the schools websites. The recordings will not represent the official minutes but rather enhance transparency, accountability and communication that parents, community and state officials expect and deserve.