An overwhelming majority of people responding to the most recent Patch poll seeking reader opinion about whether the School Board should hold town hall meetings want to see it happen frequently.
Of the 39 people who voiced their opinion, 25 want to see monthly meetings in addition to the public comment offered at each Board Meeting. Another six persons would like to see the town halls every two months, two would like them quarterly and six oppose the idea.
More than public meetings, some of the readers want Board members to take the time to talk to parents to learn what is happening in the schools. Mara Meyer thinks this is an important trait for someone sitting on the Board.
“Perhaps a better solution is to elect informed community members who relish the role of assisting the community rather than a figure head position as Board Member,” Meyer writes. “This is how and who should be elected to School Boards.”
John Russillo agrees with Meyer communication is the answer but is not opposed to the town hall meetings. He wants Board members to tackle the issue one parent at a time.
“I would like to see them give it (town hall meetings) a try just to gauge attendance, but I think a much better way to stay on top of the issues of the district is just to talk to people,” Russillo writes “Talk to a parent a week or a teacher a week. One simple question: ‘How's it going?’ You'd be surprised at the information you can get from that one question.”
Russillo is also hopeful the this school year will continue.
“Will they remain vigilant and hold the administration to the promises it made to fix the problems,” Russillo writes? “Or will it all go back to normal just because the spotlight is off?”