10/19/06 * The Hook [full story]
The Albemarle County School Board has a string of dubious distinctions for allegedly withholding information: a Freedom of Information Complaint in early 2003, a "Muzzle Award" in 2004.
Now comes a move to shorten the minutes of meetings. No names, no mention of the various arguments-- and the move has at-large member Brian Wheeler blasting the change as "a blow to the public's right to open government and transparency in our decision-making process."
Au contraire, says School Board Chair Sue Friedman, who argues that publishing the summarized minutes within two weeks allows the board to be far more responsive to the public than the much lengthier minutes, which can take six months to have typed up.