Transparency troubles

We certainly don’t know all the details of recent actions of the board that oversees the Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program, a home-schooling program associated with School District 51.

Perhaps the board had ample reasons for changing its bylaws and for rejecting a fund-raising proposal offered by parents with children in the program.

However, the Vision Board of Stewards cannot claim good reason, nor solid legal standing, for conducting much of its discussions behind closed doors, or for failing to maintain minutes of those closed meetings, or for claiming at least one important decision of the board was “confidential.”

As The Daily Sentinel’s Emily Anderson pointed out in an article Tuesday, the Vision Board of Stewards is, according to the program’s own bylaws, “a local public body subject to the provisions of Colorado Open Meetings Law.”

Moreover, because the Vision program is associated with District 51 and some tax dollars flow to students in the program, transparency in the operations of the board are imperative as well as mandatory. Parents of the students involved, along with citizens throughout the school district have a right to know how the program is being operated.

As with any public body, there will be disagreements among board members and with constituents over some of the actions taken. But those disagreements are likely to be exacerbated and suspicions heightened if there is a perception — created by the board’s secrecy — that it has something to hide.


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