School board changing agenda policy

Published 2:24 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

Jill Wilson couldn’t believe what she had just read.

As attorney for the Davie Board of Education, she was studying the agenda policy for board meetings. The public can bring up any item for the agenda.

What’s worse, there were no limitations. The item could have nothing to do with board policy or be within the board’s responsibilities.

“This is your meeting and your agenda,” she told board members, explaining that agenda items could be placed with the board having no information on which to make a decision.

“I have no idea where that provision came from … but wow … I have never seen anything like that.”

Don’t get any ideas about getting an item on the agenda that easy. The board is changing the policy to read that the agenda will be formed by the superintendent, secretary to the board and at the suggestion of board member Dub Potts, the board chair.

“The superintendent would have another voice … in terms of the importance of something being placed on the agenda,” Potts said. “It could take some of the pressure off of him.”