It’s tough to see good intentions fall short of the expected mark, which may be happening with the upcoming discussion over the ability for the Knox County Joint Education Committee members to speak privately.
Quickly, it goes like this:
– The committee was formed to foster communication.
– Much of the early meetings were around how to communicate.
– Some members were unable to make meetings.
– Members also wanted to talk to committee members outside of the public eye, with the intent to be frank.
– Open meetings law does not allow such things to happen, according to County Law Director Bud Armstrong.
What happens from here? Anyone’s guess. Some committee members say that the opinion from Armstrong means that there may not be any point to the committee meeting.
A rhetorical (I think) question or two – What is it that the committee members may want to talk about in private? What is keeping them from doing so in public? Is it an issue of tact vs. being direct?
It will be interesting to see where the conversation goes in tomorrow’s meeting.