There is no rational constraint to providing video recordings that increase openness at SMCCCD. This form of transparency is common practice in even small, budget-constrained towns and is facilitated by relatively inexpensive technology and ubiquitous bandwidth and storage capacity. It even presents a great opportunity for student learning and job training in media arts.
The board discussed this item at a recent meeting, but took no action. Actually, I am not exactly sure what happened, because I could not be present at the meeting. No video documentation exists, so only those folks who could take a couple hours out of their evening to physically be "in the room where it happened" actually know.
Any administration that avoids disclosure and transparency is likely to be hiding something. As we saw in the painfully slow disclosures that came to light in 2019 regarding former chancellor Ron Galatolo (which ultimately led to his dismissal), the board has demonstrated lethargic governance in the past. I am hopeful video coverage of board meetings will help SMCCCD recover to become the responsible, open organization that taxpayers, faculty, staff and students deserve.
East Creek Drive, Menlo Park
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