In response to the “Special Meeting” the Brentwood Union School District has called for tomorrow, parents are upset with the lack of notification. The meeting will hold a closed session of Public Employee Evaluation of the Superintendent Merrill Grant followed by what they are calling Discipline/Dismissal/Release, parents appear unhappy with lack of transparency in this process.
The meeting was published today which is technically legal under the 24-hour rule for Special Meetings, but that doesn’t make it right. The meeting will occur at 3:00 pm tomorrow at the District Service Center on 255 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood.
It should be noted this is a modified start time as opposed to their traditional evening start time which is suspect in itself. While I will write more on this in the morning, this can be classified as nothing more than the traditional “Friday Night News Drop” giving the Board coverage over the weekend from the public.
Also, Friday’s typically do not have the public’s attention which is why they scheduled this meeting for tomorrow as opposed to next Tuesday or Wednesday as it will already be out of the news cycle by Monday.
Here is a letter from Brentwood Parent Christine Bell to the Board upon learning of the meeting.
The definition of clandestine is “kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illicit.” You are a public board, you are required to notify the public of your meetings.
I did a quick news search and cannot find the details of this “meeting” scheduled for Friday night anywhere other than your own website. I’m pretty sure you are required to publish meetings, and include a correct start time (by the way, modifying the start meetings as you have been doing for the past few months is also incorrect). I have already filed a complaint with the State in regards to you switching meetings, and holding “surprise” meetings. It is completely unprofessional!
I understand the struggle parents have with you and that you cant do anything to help us, but for you five to change the rules of the game and NOT publish meeting dates and times in a reasonable manner is unacceptable and a low blow. You cannot have clandestine meetings and fail to notify parents! I have to work, and had I know would have switched work days, I think you are counting on parents not being able to attend meetings! You’re counting on people not watching you and checking your website. This is a sophomoric move on your part, I just know now I need to check your website, and that you are intentionally misleading parents. You said at the last meeting the next meeting was Wednesday the 27th, did I mishear you?
You can fix this by using the phone system the district current has in place, the same system that notifies me I owe you 25 cents every time my child gets milk, to notify parents that there is a meeting relating to the SAFETY and SECURITY of their children, on Friday night! Send a phone message to every parent in the district and make this right.
Signed, disappointed, yet again,
Here is a link to the BUSD Agenda for their Special Meeting Tomorrow. https://www.brentwood.k12.ca.us/district/information/Agenda/agenda.pdf
Special Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the BRENTWOOD UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
February 22, 2013
0. Call Meeting to Order, 3:00pm District Service Center, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood, California.
1 Roll Call
2 Public Comment on Closed Session Agenda Items
2.0 Public Comment on Closed Session Agenda
3 Closed Session, District Service Center, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood, California
3.0 Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent
3.1 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
4 Open Session, immediately following, District Service Center, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood, California
5 Presentations, Reports and Other Action Items
5.0 Report out of closed session
6 Board Comment
6.0 Board Comment
7.0 The next Regular Board Meeting will be held February 27, 2013 at 6:00pm