Why the secrecy?

June 26, 2013 

Collinsville Unit 10 School District failed to provide transparency about a committee of stakeholders. On May 20 Superintendent Robert Green reported: "...The committee established by Mrs. Carpenter is up and running." It will then make a recommendation to the board.

Previously, on May 8, I e-mailed Unit 10 saying I was interested in attending all of the committee meetings. The reply was that Green asked Kelly Carpenter, the director of Student Services, to create an informal ad hoc committee to look at ways to reduce transportation costs. Further that it is an ad hoc committee and would not be subject to the Open Meetings Act.

I challenge that interpretation based only on what the act says. Effective Aug. 28, 2012, Section 1.02 states "public body" includes school districts and subcommittees that are supported in whole or in part by tax revenue or expend tax revenue.

It further itemizes exceptions such as a child death review team, an ethics commission and the Illinois Independent Tax's tribunal. No exception for ad hoc committees could be found.

I found an interesting side issue that one of the six review committee members is Unit 10 Board Member Gary Clark, who was also paid a salary by the city.

Carpenter and her review committee that includes a board member should be proud of their work. What's to hide?

Bob DesPain


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