Sat
Feb 23 2008
08:18 am
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County should only have a County Commission as worthy of trust as they do a School Board.

As a whole the Board stands up to pressure and does a superior job in spite of their challenges with an under achieving County Commission.

They aren't paid.

Folks rarely give them a pat on the back.

The main reason anybody says anything about them is when they don't like some decision the Board has arrived at through painful deliberation and consideration, and I understand the wish to get out of town and be left alone to do their job. Frankly, I trust this group of Board Members to do the right thing, even without the rest of us looking over their shoulders. But that trust is not infinite. I may not trust the next group as much, and the law certainly requires that we be given ample notice and opportunity to observe Board meetings.

Holding a retreat in a foreign County is not the way for our School Board to keep and hold the trust of Roane County Citizens. The reasons they state for this are rather lame, and I personally feel this violates the spirit if not the letter of the Sunshine Law.

Do the members deserve an expense paid weekend in the mountains as a reward for their service? Probably!

Just don't go there with the express purpose of getting away from the "distractions" of dealing with the constraints of open government.

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.