I was looking for the agenda for the MPCSD special school board meeting regarding O’Connor School that is scheduled for this Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was announced in the Superintendent’s Update last Thursday. On the MPCSD Board web page, I found a statement that says special meetings, in most cases, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and they will be held at the District Office. The web page also states that agendas can be found on the web site approximately 3 days before the meetings. Wednesday night’s agenda is not posted on the district’s web site, and it is not posted in the agenda link that was included in the Superintendent’s Update.
The agenda link did contain agendas for two other special board meetings. One is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, at noon at a private home, and the other is on Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the Board Room. The meeting on Tuesday is not posted in the Upcoming Events section of the district web site, and it is not listed in the district calendar on the web site. Curiously, tomorrow’s meeting is being held at the home of board member Laura Rich, and the sole item for discussion, to take place in closed session, is the superintendent’s performance evaluation. Although the discussion will be held in closed session, the public is “invited” to Ms. Rich’s home, because the first item on the agenda is public comment.
Clearly, tomorrow’s Board meeting should have been announced in last week's Superintendent Update and been posted on the district's web site, and it should be held at a time and location that would allow parents and staff to attend the meeting and comment on the professional performance of Mr. Ghysels. The Almanac recently awarded Mr. Ghysels a grade of “F” in leadership. During the 2 years that he has been the superintendent, the board has not requested input from parents or staff regarding his performance. Unfortunately, it appears that the board does not want district stakeholders to complete surveys that might further document Mr. Ghysels’ grade of “F” and his breathtaking ineptitude; nor do they want to hear public comments regarding his questionable performance.
How long do our board members intend to keep their heads in the sand? Sooner or later, they are going to have to come up for air.