I recently wrote an editorial for the Berthoud Surveyor (3/21) that deals with our local Thompson R2-J Board of Education becoming less transparent.
(I am an ongoing contributing writer for Berthoud’s weekly newspaper.)
Here is what I wrote:
I am not a big fan of the trendy term “transparency.” I know it implies openness, communication, and accountability, especially in government matters and for government officials. I do like that concept.
Recently, the Thompson School District Board of Directors (or at least many of them) proactively clouded some of the transparency that we used to have with them.
Until this time, we as citizens had the ability to see information about our elected officials. For whatever reason, most of the local school board members altered their publically viewed information. Now, it not possible to see the home addresses or telephone numbers for most of the board of education. To his credit, the person representing Berthoud on the board –Bob Kerrigan—still has all his personal information listed.
What happened in January or February to prompt these changes?