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School board releases emails after requesting confidentiality


On Dec. 30, board Chairman Don Hayes emailed all other board members about how much funding the school board should contribute to put law enforcement officers in every school in the county. The subject line for Hayes' initial email was "CONFIDENTIAL – DO NOT FORWARD." In the body of the email, he wrote: "Please do not forward this email."

But according to state law, written information exchanged between elected government officials that relates to government business is public record.

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Bond pitch coming?

Mr Hayes and, if reports that the request came from the Superintendent are correct, Mr. Markley should be publicly admonished. What do they have to hide? Remember that this is public money for public schools, and subject to public laws.

Could it be mere coincidence that the school board is about to request a new bond issue? Remember that a bond issue is not free money. Repaying bonds requires tax money, often by raising future taxes.