Today's City Paper
would make George Orwell proud. First, the school board blatantly violates the state's sunshine law
by casting secret ballots during its search for a new superintendent. Then Pith
points it out and the board is forced to redo the vote. And that chain of events produces this City Paper
headline: "School board works to add transparency to director search."
Unless I missed it, the story neglects to mention the sunshine law violation but points only to "a flaw in the search protocol." With newspaper stories like this, who needs flacks? The board should fire its communications shop and save some money.
While I'm at it, what's up with the board's new interest in communicating with Mayor Karl Dean? It finally seems to have dawned on Alan Coverstone that the board's absurd superintendent search
might be a bad idea, especially since Dean's against it.
"What I think we really need right now is some clear support from the mayor. ... No one benefits, really, if we don't understand why we're doing what we're doing," Coverstone says.
Understanding why we're doing what we're doing--that's a novel idea for the school board. We're guessing the board might not receive such a warm response from the mayor on this topic. Here's what a Pith
source close to the mayor says about it all:
"Unbelievable. The school board never ceases to amaze."