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District not allowing for public dialogue

Letter to the Editor

Good move by MVSD on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their June meeting. Thank you, Mr. Warford, for your persistence. According to Mr. Funkhouser, chairman of Idaho County Veterans Association, there are approximately 1,600 veterans who make Idaho County their home, and being the patriots that they are, you can bet they all vote.

Trustee Warden appeared to disagree with chair Dominguez wanting to open up a 20-minute community input session and answer questions from the public. Trustee Warden is afraid this might set the board up to hear only one side of a story. Is this not exactly what the board is doing to our community by not allowing any dialogue with the public? We hear only one side, theirs. Trustee Warden would like to have questions from the community submitted beforehand so they can prepare. To whom should these questions be submitted? Will these questions be addressed at the board meeting or how will they be resolved? The administrators, school principals, of each school used to give a quick synopsis of their school’s activities for the month or upcoming events. They are no longer allowed to do this and when I questioned why this was discontinued, trustee Warden informed me I could call the schools myself for such information. The administrators are already inundated with their daily tasks and certainly do not need citizens adding to their already busy schedules. These administrators all attend the board meetings, why not let them talk about their individual schools. Another example of this school board exerting their authority.

All neighboring school districts, except for MVSD, submit an agenda for their upcoming meeting a week prior to the actual board meeting either through their local newspaper or school website. Doing so would allow the public to attend meetings when areas of interest are being discussed.

As taxpayers and members of this community, we all need to be kept informed.

Mary Ann Blees



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