As you may recall, there was a special session of the board last Friday at 9 a.m. The announcement of this meeting was posted on the district’s website at 8:22 a.m., just 38 minutes before the deadline.

I was the only member of the public at the meeting and I asked the board one question:

“What was the date and time that this meeting was first recommended?”

I was told that it had been discussed weeks prior.

What followed was a reminder to them that even though there may have been a perfectly good reason for not posting a notice of the meeting until the last minute, the perception is that the board was trying to sneak one by the public.

There was a brief discussion about how to provide more notice, even if only on a preliminary basis and I was told that an effort would be made to provide more notice in some way and I believe that it will.

Friday’s meeting was about the superintendent’s review. I did not spend a moment discussing whether the superintendent deserved more money because they’d already rated his performance as “exceptional” in order to give him a $26K tax-deferred annuity as a merit raise.

That portion of the meeting was over after our exchange and everyone left to go next door where they would hear from others what a great job the superintendent is doing.

FWIW, the notice of tomorrow’s study session was posted last Friday at 4:21 p.m. Granted, a study session on an EIR is not the same as a superintendent review, but we should be pleased that sufficient notice was given.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD