Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor,

I am saddened by the lack of action taken by the Henry County Board of Education in regards to live streaming or recording the board meetings. On numerous occasions, I have appeared before the Board, seeking a way to make this happen. Why do they hesitate? Why do they not simply record the meetings and place them on the district’s YouTube channel? After all, they already post updates to Facebook during the meetings. Would it not be easier and more accurate to simply broadcast or record these meetings? Would it not be more transparent? Why will it cost 20-30k to do something so simple?

Yes, the district does post minutes of the meetings, but how many of these minutes are complete? How many are missing entire reports, including the financial reports? Recording the meetings would prevent such mistakes. The Board would have a transparent, accurate record of every meeting. There would be little ambiguity about what was said or what the members of the Board intended. This is open and honest government at its best. It is not a partisan political issue. The words “democrat” and “republican” do not matter. When I speak before you, I do not highlight that I am the chair of the Democratic Party. Instead, I stand before you as a citizen. Education should never be a partisan issue. Our children are much too important to be bogged down in the political stalemate that so often occurs. I beg you to move beyond that now. I beg you to fully open your doors to the public.

The Dalai Lama summed it up best when he said, “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” We must highlight the good being done by the school system. The school system must show the public that they are moving forward in a positive manner. How can this be done when the meetings are not fully open? Give the people access. Let us inside. Let the county see the positive you are doing. If you do not, how can we, the voters, trust you?

Thomas White,