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Re: What did they do to the board packet?

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  • David Spade
    As proven in tonight s board meeting, board packets and agendas are a joke! So you know what? I don t care about receiving them. Just watching the circus.
    Message 1 of 23 , Aug 3, 2005
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      As proven in tonight's board meeting, board packets and agendas are a
      joke! So you know what? I don't care about receiving them. Just
      watching the circus.

      --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Charley Cowens
      <charley.cowens@g...> wrote:
      > Karen-
      >
      > One aspect of this is that the District is _required_ by State law to
      > provide a mailed out copy of the packet for those who request it. This
      > can include a fee. I believe Kevin also dug up a still standing Board
      > policy stating something like this.
      >
      > I would prefer that the online devlivery of packet information were
      > better to make it easier to stay away from the mailed packet, but
      > there has to be some provision for handling mailing out the packet.
      >
      > Charley Cowens
      >
      > On 8/2/05, karen pfeifer <karenepfeifer@y...> wrote:
      > > Dear Alicia and others in the Board packet discussion,
      > >
      > > Since all of you are obviously computer literate and
      > > have access to computers I wonder why you want the
      > > district to send you board packets?
      > >
      > > I had thought that this discussion was about those
      > > people who want to read the packets before the meeting
      > > and couldn't down load them. I wonder how many people
      > > are in this category?
      > >
      > > I hear your many worries about transparency and
      > > misappropriation of general fund dollars. Still, a
      > > printed packet is not more transparent that a digital
      > > one and does cost more....
      > >
      > > We have so many really big fish to fry, I wonder if
      > > you couldn't just let this one go.
      > >
      > > Thank you,
      > >
      > > Karen Pfeifer
      > >
      > > --- alicat1967 <alicat1967@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Glen (and other interested board members)
      > > >
      > > > Regretful to inform you that my request for a board
      > > > packet to be mailed to me was followed by a phone
      > > > message from Wendy Bergen in the superitendent's
      > > > office telling me that they don't mail board
      > > > packets and I could go to
      > > > http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us
      > > > and print one out or view it on the Internet.
      > > >
      > > > So sowhere once again someone has dropped the ball
      > > > or is this another intential flub to once again keep
      > > > public info out of the hands of the public?
      > > > Mr. Cowens - you can tell me I am paranoid now.
      > > > Alicia Medina Pohl
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "alicat1967"
      > > > <alicat1967@y...>
      > > > wrote:
      > > > > Glen,
      > > > > I would also like to request a board packet and
      > > > > called the superintendent's office at
      > > > > 620-2205
      > > > > and left my name and address and phone #
      > > > > today 30 minutes ago
      > > > > THANK YOU
      > > > > Alicia Medina Pohl
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, rcs101@a...
      > > > wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > --Glen:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I for one would like to be the first to request
      > > > a copy of the
      > > > board
      > > > > packet sent to me. If my address is no longer
      > > > available, please let
      > > > > me know and I will resubmitt.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Scottie Smith
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > -------------- Original message
      > > > ----------------------
      > > > > > From: Glen Price <glen@g...>
      > > > > > > > No mailings, no information, no hard copy
      > > > equals, no public
      > > > > participation.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Kevin:
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > I have just read your post, which I have
      > > > partially cited above.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > While you make some very valid points, I am
      > > > somewhat confused
      > > > as
      > > > > to why you
      > > > > > > don1t recognize some of the key steps that the
      > > > current board
      > > > has
      > > > > taken to
      > > > > > > increase public participation in our
      > > > governance process.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Let1s review some of these:
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > 1. We formed a Community Budget Advisory
      > > > Committee specifically
      > > > > to enable
      > > > > > > community and stakeholder input into the
      > > > budgeting process.
      > > > While
      > > > > we can do
      > > > > > > an even better job of getting the information
      > > > out about this
      > > > > committee1s
      > > > > > > meetings and processes, the committee1s
      > > > members have been
      > > > working
      > > > > hard to
      > > > > > > make the budgeting process much more
      > > > transparent than it had
      > > > been
      > > > > > > previously.
      > > > > > > 2. Board members are working on key District
      > > > Advisory
      > > > Committees.
      > > > > I
      > > > > > > especially want to highlight the work of board
      > > > members Brown,
      > > > > Pfeifer, and
      > > > > > > Ramsey who have been actively working with the
      > > > Special
      > > > Education,
      > > > > GATE, and
      > > > > > > Bond Oversight Committees respectively. Board
      > > > member Fenton
      > > > > regularly
      > > > > > > attends meetings of the Richmond Neighborhood
      > > > Coordinating
      > > > > Council.
      > > > > > > 3. Safety Committee Formation: Several board
      > > > members are
      > > > actively
      > > > > engaged in
      > > > > > > the formation of high school safety committees
      > > > based on the
      > > > > Pinole Valley
      > > > > > > High School model.
      > > > > > > 4. Liaison to Cities: Board members are
      > > > attending city council
      > > > > meetings in
      > > > > > > the cities they are assigned to as liaisons.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > As board members, we are specifically
      > > > undertaking the actions
      > > > > noted above to
      > > > > > > garner public input and participation in our
      > > > governance process.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > In addition, we have implemented several
      > > > reforms to our board
      > > > > meeting
      > > > > > > process itself. These include having a direct
      > > > Question and
      > > > Answer
      > > > > town hall
      > > > > > > style dialog session at every meeting
      > > > (something that no other
      > > > > elected body
      > > > > > > in West County has implemented). We have also
      > > > invited key
      > > > > stakeholders to
      > > > > > > make agendized presentations to the board,
      > > > which, again, I am
      > > > not
      > > > > aware of
      > > > > > > any other elected body in West County doing.
      > > > Stay tuned for
      > > > more
      > > > > process
      > > > > > > changes coming your way for the start of the
      > > > school year. The
      > > > > point here is
      > > > > > > that the board is implementing innovative
      > > > public/stakeholder
      > > > > participation
      > > > > > > methods that have never been done before to
      > > > make it as easy as
      > > > > possible to
      > > > > > > participate in the work of the board of
      > > > education.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > In regards to dissemination of the board
      > > > packet and information
      > > > > of board
      > > > > > > meetings, there is no question that we could
      > > > do a better job of
      > > > > this. There
      > > > > > > is also no question, however, that our
      > > > capacity to get these
      > > > > documents out
      > > > > > > and engender participation in board processes
      > > > has grown
      > > > > exponentially
      > > > > > > through the use of electronic media. Kevin,
      > > > the empirical data
      > > > is
      > > > > clear that
      > > > > > > many more people are downloading the board
      > > > packet online than
      > > > we
      > > > > were ever
      > > > > > > able to reach previously with paper mailings.
      > > > My hunch is that
      > > > > many people,
      > > > > > > like me, are not printing out the board packet
      > > > once they have
      > > > > downloaded it,
      > > > > > > but simply reading it on their computers.
      > > > Thanks to the City of
      > > > > Pinole, more
      > > > > > > people than ever before are watching the board
      > > > meetings on TV
      > > > or
      > > > > streaming
      > > > > > > them on their computers. The informational
      > > > resources on the
      > > > > WCCUSD website
      > > > > > > have been growing daily.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > We will be reinstating the practice of mailing
      > > > out paper board
      > > > > packets to
      > > > > > > people that want them. The blame and
      > > > responsibility
      > > === message truncated ===
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