Todd Petrey has recently proposed board policy changes to Public Participation, by requiring citizens to "sign in" at the beginning of the meeting. Todd Petrey has recently expressed concerns about his responsibility of protecting our students' Safety; and it appears that Todd Petrey believes requiring citizens to sign in with their name, address, group affiliation if any, and topic of their comments to the board, will better protect our kids from Springboro citizens attending the public school board business meeting and the work session meeting.<quoted text>
Todd Petrey has recently expressed concerns about past security issues in the board room, as well as a concern about future security. If Petrey is sincere about working to improve security in the board room, he needs to begin by addressing security problems at the specific points at which they've originated in the past. This would necessitate direct heart-to-heart conversations with notorious instigators such as S. Bindemann. I don't see this happenin' any time soon.
This "sign in" policy is not really new -- our previous school superintendent and school treasurer tried this "requirement" (and some of those attending board meetings during that time still have copies of the form that the treasurer handed to citizens to fill out; so that the superintendent could then review whether or not the citizens concerns were worth being heard by the BOE elected officials. It's not known the reason "Why" previous school leaders believed they needed to "approve" citizens "safety clearance" before citizens could address board members, who are elected to represent all community members, and sworn into office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
Our school district employees certainly have the upper hand by their Wordmanship of Legalities; but people in this community should remind Todd Petrey, IF he feels that our children's safety is compromised by Springboro citizens attending a Board of Education Business meeting with our own elected representatives, exercising our Constitutional rights of free speech, then why isn't it the responsibility of Superintendent Todd Petrey and BOE President, Charles Anderson, to STOP using our Children in the Board Business Meetings for Inspiration/Indoctrination? As responsible adults, if it is a known danger to our children's safety, the FIRST step in protecting our Children First is to REMOVE our children from that danger. Trying to micro-manage citizens "speech" in a Community Business meeting is not the best approach. It does conjure up a whole lot of "emotionalism" attached to these requirements proposed on citizens attending a public board meeting, when the Why for
proposing this change is to protect the children.