We were informed that a new communication structure was proposed by school board President Pam Charles and the new superintendent. They would offer that all communications come to and through them.
This has been called streamlining but results in a muzzle on the six other board members. No matter that we voted for seven members of the board and all are elected officials accountable to the citizens of Beloit. Under this plan, all questions and comments directed to the board would be handled by Pam and Dr. Munro.
Would we not be able to speak directly to John Wong, Kyle Larsen. Megan Miller, Wendy Sanchez. David Wilson or John Winkelman? If they go along with this plan to be muzzled they are allowing themselves to be led rather than assume the leadership position they sought and for which we voted. This feels like an extension of other rhetoric we are hearing that the press are the enemy of the people.
Earlier this year, the same board president proposed that public comments be limited. What is happening here? What do they have to hide? Why are they afraid of hearing from citizens? How do the other members of the board agree to allow this additional layer between them and the voters?
At election time candidates will say they believe in transparency and accountability. Now, that is fake news.