By Stewart S. Lilker
Dr. Eric Eversley, and the School Board have repeatedly claimed
that they want the public to be involved in the district, attend
school board meetings, and use the district web site to stay
informed and involved. If the district really believed this, it appears
it would be better off
using smoke signals than the Internet to advise
residents of meeting cancellations and changes.
The district web
site, another contradiction of the districtís motto,
"Educational Excellence," states on its home page in a
box titled "Board of Education Announcements" that
there is a "Change of Meeting Date and Location" and
that there is a Special Public Hearing" scheduled. As of
Wednesday afternoon, at 03:30 p.m., if one
clicks on the links, they found they linked to nowhere.
The districtís web site was
last updated on Monday, June 3d. The school calendar lists a
school board planning meeting for tonight, June 5th. Anyone who
has checked the web site since Monday wouldnít have a clue
about what is going on. Once again, Freeportís Superintendent,
Dr. Eric Eversley, doesnít either.
One of the secretaries in the
high school office made copies of the notices for your reporter.
Paradoxically, the special public
hearing, which is scheduled
for June 12, 2002, concerns the Internet. The other notice
announces the June 5th meeting has now been rescheduled for June
12, 2002. As is the new practice of the district, both notices
note: The "Board of Education Announcements" box above
was take directly off the district's web site. Note, when the
links are clicked, nothing happens.)
note: On June 6th, at 09:29 a.m. the district updated their web
site, the day after the meeting. CHANGE OF MEETING DATE AND LOCATION.
Of course, there is no information regarding the Public Hearing,
other than the date and time. A SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING)