In the Beloit Daily News of Thursday, September 5 a story about discipline in the schools appeared on the front page.
The article itself presents some troubling information. The exchange between the reporter and the superintendent was very different. It appears that the extent of their conversation was an exchange of email messages.
The reporter says she sent an email to the school officials about the reasons behind the increase in expulsions and by reply email she received a statement from the superintendent. Now, never mind that his statement doesn't respond directly to the question, what is important to notice here is the method of communication. There was no direct interaction. Is this part of the proposed streamlining of communication such that press inquiries are now restricted to emails?
Following this a featured letter to the editor from the President of the Board advocated for more direct communication between citizens and the Board. I would hope that this consideration will extend to reporters and members of the board.
Pam Charles appears to advocate for dialogue and open exchange to address issues and concerns. However, to accomplish that successfully requires engagement and response reactions to what has been said/asked. This limiting access and restricted methods of communication do not inspire trust and serve to build barriers for an exchange of thoughts, information and opinions expressed in speech.
Dorothy J. Harrell