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LEGALLY REQUIRED transparency for Milton School District!

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John Eyster
Thursday, April 11, 2013

LEGALLY REQUIRED transparency for Milton School District!

FINALLY there is evidence that the Milton School Board with Board President Rob Roy has realized that the board is subject to our WI OPEN RECORDS LAW! I hope so! The Milton Courier today has a follow-up report on the Board's search for a new Milton superintendent.

The threat of legal action by our Milton Courier and the Janesville Gazette were the necessary actions which FINALLY forced our Milton School Board with Board President Rob Roy to obey our WI OPEN RECORDS LAW in terms of “THE MESS” they created vis-à-vis former superintendent Mike Garrow.

I am among the voting and taxpaying citizens of the School District of Milton who HOPE that the Board will NOT waste more money on that “MESS” and will NOT create another “MESS.” Live and learn!

One step at a time, I hope the Board will rebuild the high level of credibility which it had for years before whatever REALLY happened last year. WE THE PEOPLE of the MILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT do NOT know the “rest of the story.” As I asserted in my WE THE PEOPLE blog post on January 14, 2013, “TOO MANY LOOSE ENDS in Milton School District!”

Among the “loose ends” which haunt me is the absence of an explanation from our Milton School Board as to WHY it went all the way to FENNIMORE, WI to hire attorney Eileen Brownlee whose investigative report was dated November 1, 2012. As I asserted in my blog about that situation, “I KNOW several very competent attorneys in ROCK COUNTY who could have competently done the investigation. WHY go long distance? Special interests and/or networking?” I wonder why! Do YOU?

Readers of my WE THE PEOPLE blog will be interested to know that the HIGHEST READER NUMBER among the highest 50 posts over the last 12 months was “Why does Milton Board President want Gazette to stop investigating?” posted on January 5 (I just realized that was the day before the date which is “Epiphany” or day of revealing in the Christian Church calendar. Timely?!) and had 1,473 separate readers.

GRATITUDE to JAMES DEBILZEN, Managing Editor, The Milton Courier, for the valuable update published in this week’s edition (April 11, 2013) of our Milton Courier. If you want to read the report online, you can use this link, “Milton School Board narrowing down administrator finalists.”

The report announces that after a closed session of the Milton School Board last Tuesday night, the Board set April 20 as the date for interviews by teams of community members, school administrators, teachers and school board members. Roy is quoted as saying, “It will be an inclusive process.” GOOD NEWS!

The 2 finalists selected by these teams will be brought back to be interviewed by the Board which will select the finalist. Roy reports that at that point the board will begin to negotiate a contract.

With the current interim district administrator, Theresa Rusch retiring at the end of June, the goal is to have the new Milton Superintendent starting on July 1, 2013.

NOW we await the public identification of the FINALISTS for the Milton School Superintendent position who will come to Milton for team interviews. It is very healthy to note that the board has learned the important lessons re. WI OPEN RECORDS LAW and other factors to have credibility and trust among the citizens of the district. What do YOU think?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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