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February 27, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Veteran grades recent Niagara-Wheatfield school board meeting

Tonawanda News — It’s been a long time since I attended a Niagara-Wheatfield School District school board meeting. I attended the meeting on Feb. 12 and here are some of my observations of the evening’s events. I will grade them accordingly.

Cleanness: A. The meeting room is spacious and clean. The chairs were comfortable. The room is bright and lively.

Tardiness: F. The meeting started late. The Niagara-Wheatfield school board’s meeting start at 6 p.m., if they anticipated being late as a courtesy to the public, we should have been informed. If one of the district’s students is late for school, I am sure they are spoken to.

Patriotism: F. The school board did not start the public session with the “Pledge Of Allegiance.” I can understand a prayer not being said because of the separation of church and state. A moment of silence at the beginning of the public session would suffice.

Format: A. Roberts Rules of Order were followed and adhered to.

Audio-Visual: C. It appears the school district spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for the computerized system to please the Arber Society. The public could not read the screens, nor hear the presenters.

Presentations: C. There were two presentations given by members of the school staff. The first presenter could not be heard on several occasions. Again, the presentations on the video screens could not be seen by the public. The second set of presenters could not be heard nor the material on the screens be seen. The whole presentation had the backs of the presenters to the public. They spoke to the board and only the board. I am sure the presenters knew their material, but I had know way of judging. Again, as a courtesy the board could have moved to the first row in the public section and the presenters would have then faced the public.

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