At the request of board member Mike Jurney, the DISD board of trustees passed a motion to change their standard operating procedure. The change will force the acting superintendent to keep a record of any private meetings he has with board members regarding school business.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” said Jurney, during Tuesday night’s meeting. “I think that this is an important change for the district.”
The motion, however, was not passed unanimously. There were two board members who voted against the motion. Sammy Moore and Rodney Teten were concerned that the addition of another duty for the superintendent may be too much to handle. Since the current superintendent will be retiring in June, the two board members felt that asking the new superintendent to keep this record may be asking too much.
“I personally don’t think it will be a burden, I think it will help new board members. It will be a collaborative effort,” said Don Keith, DISD board president.
Because individual board members are not allowed to comment on the meetings, calls for comments were differed to board president Keith.
“I think that this is a good idea, I don’t see what’s wrong with it,” he said. “If you’re willing to talk to him (the superintendent), you’d better be willing to talk to the other board members.”