In his Privilege of the Floor (POF) speech at the September 25 City Council meeting, NBCRG leader Ralph Heun argued that the Council should postpone/ table its decision re: the Deer Creek Inn & Conference Center until the next meeting because Alderman Dave Ament was absent. Heun also suggested that the Council become as “enlightened” as the New Berlin School District/Board which has teleconferencing.
But did you know?----
School Board member/Clerk Jennifer Eitel was absent from the School Board’s Regular Meeting on Sept. 24-- the night before the Council’s meeting. She did not attend by teleconference. Did the School Board, which is led by Ralph’s son Keith, postpone voting on ANY of the meeting's agenda items because the entire board was not in attendance? Heck no.
I gave the New Berlin School District Office a written request for some information/ records access over three weeks ago, but have received no response.
I guess I'll have to remind the School District about Wisconsin Statute 19.31: Declaration of policy. In recognition of the fact that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be the public policy of this state that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them. Further, providing persons with such information is declared to be an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of officers and employees whose responsibility it is to provide such information. To that end, ss.19.32 to 19.37 shall be construed in every instance with a presumption of complete public access, consistent with the conduct of governmental business. The denial of public access generally is contrary to the public interest, and only in an exceptional case may access be denied.
Our city is in danger of losing its Paramedic service?
Trick or Treating in New Berlin is today!-- Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-7pm.
The weather forecast: Sunny, temperature in the 50's.
After getting no response from New Berlin Public Schools to my request submitted on September 28 for some information/records access, (See my Lady-in-waiting blog), I went up to two top NBPS administrators immediately after the October 22 School Board meeting and raised the issue. They assured me the information I'd requested would be provided to me by the end of that week. I’m pleased to report they kept their word. In fact, I got a call the very next day and arranged to pick up the documents on October 24.
I’ve been reviewing the information the District provided. It’s quite interesting.