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More communication needed at Central school board meetings

Monday, October 25, 2010 - 9:58pm

CENTRAL, La (WVLA) -- Central school board members want to give the public more time to speak up at meetings. That's after Central residents complained about the lack of communication between members and the public.

Right now, anyone who wants to talk at the meetings should get three minutes to comment on issues brought up by the school board members. However, just a few board meetings back, residents say the board tabled an issue without allowing anyone in the audience to discuss the issue.

"That was some cause for concern," says resident Keith Kepper. "It looked like we were breaking public meeting laws. That's what kind of got everybody outraged."

That's why school board members voted to change the rules, adopting a policy similar to the one in place at city council meetings. The first 10 people to request the chance to speak on an issue will be allotted time at the end of the meeting to talk.

"I hope what it does is it brings about the proper type of involvement and it gives people an avenue to express their opinion," says superintendent Michael Faulk.

Central residents say this is a step in the right direction, but they'll wait to see if the policy is actually put into place.

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