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Keep communications open



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March 07, 2012 - As the saying goes, "the solution to bad speech is more speech." As your local community newspaper, we believe that – that's why we're here.

That's not what we see in the communications guidelines for members of the Clarkston Board of Education.

School administration issued a nine-point memo to all staff, eight of which say what school board members can't say or do in our schools.

We think school board members should be encouraged to communicate with as many employees, voters, and residents as possible.

Lack of communication leads to miscommunication, such as the idea that the school board is united behind the proposed $20 million bond.

It's not. The school board voted 4-3, Jan. 9, to approve the May 8 special election. It voted 4-3 on the Feb. 27 one-mill vote .

Majority rules, so the measures passed. But that doesn't mean each board member must agree, just as it is for any other elected official.

The rules emphasize collective decision making, setting aside the individual in favor of collective interests.

That's not the way this country was set up. Everyone wants informed voters. If administration doesn't like a board member's speech, provide more speech.

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