Public Comment Agendas

We continue our dialog of the growth of Public Agenda session at local government meetings. In this post, longtime Kansas Educator Harold Frye offers his observation.

Public Input at local government meetings.

Civility and the need to be civil extend beyond city and county boards as we are in the midst of this pandemic and its impact on our communities. I spent 19 years as a school district administrator charged with providing advice to citizens elected to represent their neighbors on school boards. Now we are seeing special interest groups plead their cases to school boards regarding whether schools are open or closed, whether sports continue or are delayed, whether kids can learn as well online as in person. Most school board members come to the position with a goal to improve their communities. None expected to face attacks from those who elected them. In one school district, it was my job to engage “public relations.” Almost nothing positive happening in the schools gained the attention of the media. Only the negative slod the news. In those days, the major newspaper’s advertisers were real estate and automobiles. Therefore, painting the city schools bad helped advertisers sell more houses in the suburbs and cars to get folks there. The culture is far greater than civility alone.

What are your thoughts?.. That’s 30 for Today.

2 thoughts on “Public Comment Agendas

  1. You might expect me to say this but there is a serous moral decline in our nation. We live in a post-Christian world where anything goes. God and Country values are out. I lament a lack of quality leadership. Civic Club membership, like that of local churches, is in decline. Our need to be a positive and hope-filled leaders in our families and communities has never been greater.


  2. I couldn’t agree more. My late wife was on the school board for over ten years. It is basically a thankless position, but even then she was given a questionnaire to answer on her opinion on Right to Life. She refused to answer it but won anyway. She always said that she learned things about personnel and district families that she hated to have to know to do her job. A school board member’s most important job is to listen to district patrons and understand their perspective even if you can not give them what they want.


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