November 18, 2015
Last night there was standing room only at the Jasper County School Board (BOE) meeting; it appeared there were at least 100 people attending. Five people were allowed to speak. We plan to have the video of each speaker available tonight, and we will put them out on this blog and our Facebook page.
The BOE refused to make any comments, and the Superintendent, Mike Newton, said they would issue a statement later. Even after being pushed by a citizen as to when they would tell the people what they planned to do, the BOE would not answer.
Many people left during the long, drawn out meeting, but around 30 people stayed until the BOE went into Executive Session for “Confidential Records.” When pressed if they would go into Executive Session for “Personnel”, Chair Shannon Barton repeated “Confidential Records.” It was surprising that the BOE seemed to refuse to discuss the personnel issues brought up by the citizens in attendance.
An email has since been received from Mike Newton stating, “When we exited executive session, I felt the need for the Board to re-enter the executive session for personnel matters. The Board and I appreciated all public comments, and the Board has directed me to provide a written statement in response to the concerns raised during the public comment session. I promised the speakers who were still in attendance that I would send each the response in writing by Friday.”
TWG will post a blog with that statement as soon as it is released.
Thank you to all the people that took time to attend this meeting. What goes on in Jasper County Schools is important to all of us, and we need to take the time to ensure our School Board understands the concerns of the parents and the community. If the BOE, the Superintendent, and the principals attending didn’t understand there were problems that had to be corrected after last night, then we need new School Board members.
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