UPDATE: This morning we received a request from Yvonne Mayer to remove the text of her public comment from this blog and simply refer readers to the podcast of last night's meeting. We have complied with her request. Anyone who wants to hear her public comment can do so by going to the D181 website Board Meeting podcast archive. In addition, Ms. Mayer asked us to post the following comment:
"Last night I made a public comment which has upset one of the board members I referenced. For that I apologize. My intention in making my public comment was to ask the full board to acknowledge their open governance violations and participate in additional training to further their understanding of the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act and board policies. To support my requests, I criticized the board for their actions during the October 17, 2013 executive session that was ruled to have been a violation of the Open Meetings Act. After receiving the ruling from the Attorney General's office, I contacted the full board and requested a copy of the audiotape and for them to post it on the D181 website along with all other podcasts of open meetings. It took a full week for the board to post the podcast, only after which I received a short email from an administrative assistant informing me of the posting. I had hoped they would -- as a full board -- be willing to engage in a constructive public discussion about the ruling and decide as a group if they wanted further training. Unfortunately, they chose not to schedule a discussion of this important ruling on the 6/23/14 meeting agenda. In my opinion it is important for a public body found in violation of open governance laws to discuss the issues. It is very frustrating that the BOE did not want to do so, or that their Board President (who sets the agenda with the administration) may have made that decision alone. As always, I believe its in the best interests of the community for the board to willingly comply with all open governance laws and to conduct their meetings and make all of their decisions within the guidelines of the existing laws and board policies."
This afternoon we received the following comment from community member and former D181 BOE member Yvonne Mayer. She asked that we not publish it until after the public comment portion of tonight's BOE meeting, and then either publish it as a comment or as a free standing post. Because we believe the points she raises are valid and on point, we are publishing this as a free standing post. We thank Yvonne Mayer, and all other parents who show the courage to continue to publicly advocate on behalf of the public -- D181 parents. all taxpayers, students and teachers. The district is a better place because of your efforts.
Yvonne Mayer's Public Comment removed at her request.