CS Board of Education, (read at Board of Ed meeting March 14)
The March 3 edition of the Cedar Post reported that Autumn Mattson had requested an exit interview with the Board of Education and that it had been denied. If this is true, at what public board meeting was this discussed and voted on? It is not recorded in any board minutes at this time. Please clarify if this is a true statement.
Also according to the Post article, there has been an appeal to the board on their decision to deny the interview. Since an answer to the appeal is required by the board and the topic is not on tonight’s board agenda, when does the board plan to address it?
The Open Meeting Act is very clear that all board decisions must be made in public. Total compliance with all Open Meeting Act laws is critical in maintaining the integrity of our district. Our own Board of Education’s Policies & Goals States in Goal #2 Community Relations 2.1” Promoting honest, trustworthy, relationships with transparent dialogue and communication (Internal) organizations that support win-win situations for both parties that increase student achievement.” As board members, You took an oath to follow the law which includes the Open Meetings Act.
This was a request directed to the board and not a staff member. The board has every right to grant this request. You may choose to do this at any regular meeting or hold a special meeting. There is absolutely no reason not to do this. Why wouldn’t the board want to gather all the possible information from an administrator who has served our students and community for 14 years? Mrs. Mattson is willing to openly discuss her experience in our school district. She is willing to share the facts. You could clarify and ask any questions you or the public may have. This interview would be an excellent opportunity for you to gather accurate information.
So why wouldn’t the board be interested in hearing the facts first hand? You have the opportunity to decipher between fact and fiction on our local education for yourselves and the community. This is what I am asking for.
1. The board connects with the community
2. The board monitors performance
3. The board takes responsibility for itself
I would like to request that this letter be recorded in the minutes. I would like your response to be answered publically and to also be recorded in the board minutes please.
Cedar Springs School District Resident
(This letter has been edited for length. A full original copy is available from Mr. Mora.)