Having recently attempted to attend a Jasper County school board meeting, I officially proclaim the school board's mission accomplished. By moving its board meeting to the smaller superintendent's workroom, it effectively prevented a large number of citizens from participating in the most democratic of processes, government at the local level.
Clearly, a room with a maximum capacity of 55 people was quickly filled by board members and staff, leaving only a few spaces for citizens. The move to this smaller room belies any logic except the attempt to reduce transparency on the part of the board.
The improvement of schools (and Jasper County needs significant improvements) requires a community of stakeholders working together toward specified ends. It would appear that the Jasper County school board has no interest in including all those stakeholders.
Given the continued comic-strip behavior emanating from the Ridgeland area, I remain pessimistic about the future of students attending Jasper County schools.
Michael S. Clemens