Letter: School board should serve the citizens

Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.

A desire to record the proceedings of our county school board meetings has generated considerable interest in our community. A vote by the school board to not allow recording was passed. The superintendent allegedly got legal advice not to allow it. Now it turns out that Virginia law has a different take on this. Specifically any person may photograph, film, record or otherwise reproduce any portion of a meeting required to be open., Virginia Code § 2.2-3707(H).

Looks to me like our school board needs to understand some things about being board members that relate to knowledge of their duties, willingness to understand and perform their responsibilities and get over the idea that they are nothing but a ceremonial body. The superintendent works for them, not the other way around. Likewise we elected the board to serve the citizens interest for providing the best education to the children of our community within fiscal constraints that exist.

Bill Freitag
Flint Hill