Letter to the editor: Reader advocates for respect between school board, media
I believe the local media and Marshfield School Board both have an obligation to serve this community with respect for each other and our common cause.
The school board did schedule a special board meeting to discuss specifics regarding personnel matters. That meeting would allow all board members to have the same information. If the board felt it should follow up in any way, that could be scheduled for future meetings, potentially in open session.
The meeting was publicly noticed. That is how media outlets knew about it, so it was not a “secret.” It is difficult to be detailed in the public notice about personnel situations, especially since we do not know where the discussion will lead. If the media believes personnel issues should only be discussed publicly, they should also mention that the city and county have closed sessions for personnel issues.
Finally, let me be very clear. I am not writing on behalf of the school board. I am writing as an individual, as someone who is trying to do her job by collecting all information and working with my fellow board members. The school district needs to attract and retain excellent staff for the sake of our students. When personnel or student issues arise, they may be minor, major, somewhere in between, or maybe even false. To risk reputations without full knowledge would be irresponsible and create instability for staff.
With the best interests of our students in mind,