RE: O’Brien, Hartley Reveal Appalling Disregard for Citizens’ Rights
By Michelle O'Brien
September 29, 2019
I have been through multiple Boardmanship trainings provided by the Alaska Association of School Boards, and in that training learned, and subsequently put into practice, that when and if your fellow Board (Assembly, Council, et al) members vote in such a way on an issue that does not reflect the position that you supported, then it is incumbent on all Board members to support the decision that was made by the body. I specifically referred to that during the debate, yet Mr. Bockhorst chose not to mention that. You should wonder what his true motivation was in doing so.
As I have stated in my candidate letter, often times while on the School Board, I thought that I had come to a conclusion regarding an issue, and when I heard the thoughts of others, either via public comment or those of other Board members at the meeting, this additional information enabled me to make a better, and sometimes different, decision. This in no way, shape or form means that I condone closed meetings out of the public eye. Having a comfort level with fellow Board members by knowing and respecting their points of view only serves to create a more cohesive team, and does not go against the Open Meetings Act when one is diligent about the process.
If you are interested in hearing the actual full debate, there are multiple sources at which to do so. I would urge you listen, rather than rely on the clearly manipulated piece of information to which Mr. Bockhorst refers.
Received September 29, 2019 - Published September 29, 2019
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