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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Feb. 7, 2009:

Boulder Valley School Board member, Ken Roberge, told the Camera last week, “It’s always good to have another pair of eyes on what we’re doing.” No doubt Roberge was simply giving a positive spin on the federal investigation into allegations the district discriminated against Columbine staff, parents and community members. However, he’s onto something profound that he and the rest of the board should pursue.

The time is right, actually long past due, for the school board to willingly invite “eyes” on it by providing school board meetings live and archived on the Internet. Several local community governments show beautifully how this is done along with agendas and attachments.

Welcoming the “eyes” on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is one thing; welcoming constituent’s eyes is even better. Interesting, my pioneering cable TV show of school board meetings with my commentary in the 1990s was “Eye on the BVSD.”

Since my TV show took off, the district began airing school board meetings live on cable throughout the district where available. Now, poor Broomfield gets only delayed broadcasts, and only two hours at that, on Saturdays at 8 p.m. Most of the rest of the district receives live cable coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

We’ll see what the federal investigation shows about the BVSD’s actions. We’ll also see how serious the school board is about opening the window of its meetings to the world – and on the world’s own time.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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