Social media blowback against the Clear Creek school board’s selection to replace Superintendent Greg Smith is unfortunate and might have been avoided had elected district leaders followed the spirit and intent of the state’s open government laws.

District officials Wednesday had to issue a statement defending Eric Williams against criticism about his handling of race relations and the COVID-19 pandemic in a Virginia school district he leads.

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206; michael.smith@galvnews.com

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David Hardee

The article makes sense. You laid out the trail of floundering by public officials with specificity.

Seems in this case the Board allows the candidates for offices to escape a good (lawful) public review. Good to see the 4th Estate at work.

Our public servants are consistently proving that the quality of the voter's decisions is frequently atrocious. In the end, it is the voters that get what they deserve. Some required voter qualification could inprove the quality of our democracy

Amanda DeVries

None of this would have made any difference in the outcome though. The only thing people in CCISD have any control over is voting for the 1 school board member in their district and the 2 at large board members. Period, that’s it. Your tax dollars will go to the district whether your child attends school there or not. The public’s opinion carries exactly zero weight. Many people also don’t realize that the Superintendent works for the school board. That position is not the almighty decision maker many believe. So perhaps people should actually pay more attention to the people they vote for in their local elections. Traditionally school board has been an election that is largely ignored by most. The people get the government they vote for. That said, many of the decisions of this Superintendent that people are complaining about were decided and voted upon by his 9 member school board. People need to do some research on their own as the media headlines are misleading and incomplete at best.

Jose' Boix

This argument has been "and issue" for years. Rather than continue to debate it, we need to have this referenced Section revised, edited or deleted. The reference: “The name of an applicant for the position of superintendent of a public school district is excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021, except that the board of trustees must give public notice of the name or names of the finalists being considered for the position at least 21 days before the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is to be taken on the employment of the person.”

David Hardee

Right Jose'. if we fix the laws the lawyers wrote to be specific we might be able to get rid of the lawyers. That would make the world more efficient, less expensive, and tolerable.

Jose' Boix

David: Following your comment, I looked at the specific ruling regarding the EXCEPTION for ISD Superintendents.

Interestingly, it may be easier to change as it is left to the discretion of the "local school boards." Refer to the excerpt below. As such, perhaps it is up to "us locals" to pressure our ISDs to open to the public when - say the 3 finalists are selected. Just follow the process done by College of the Mainland (COM) for the past few Presidents' selections. They placed the final 3 candidates for public scrutiny.

Here it is: Sec. 552.126. EXCEPTION: CONFIDENTIALITY OF NAME OF APPLICANT FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. The name of an applicant for the position of superintendent of a public school district is excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021, except that the board of trustees must give public notice of the name or names of the finalists being considered for the position at least 21 days before the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is to be taken on the employment of the person.

David Hardee

The ISD's are not improving. From the parent not making the kids respectful to the schools being infiltrated with social engineering, the administration, and boards being more concerned with money than education ISD's are trended to continue failing. ISD of Lamarque gone, Houston, Hitchcock is under threat of being taken over. the list of troubled ISD's is increasing.

There are not enough of us that care and make efforts. The problem is the majority is apathetic, That apathy is destroying the once best hope of humanity, USA.

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