Friday, October 31, 2008

Cheatham County cat skinning

There's more than one way to skin a cat the saying goes. And so it appears the powers that be in Cheatham County have found a way around honest and open government.

5 Year Plan - Violation of Sunshine Law?

It was reported in the
Ashland City Times October 29th that the School Board moved forward on a 5 year plan that was brought to them by County Commissioner Wood. This plan had at $29.3 million price tag!

Here is the first question - WHY is the County Commissioner bringing plans to the School Board?
From the Ashland City Times article:
John Paul Wood, who chairs the County Commission’s education committee, urged the board to go ahead and decide on a plan so the process can begin.

“At some point, we have to make a decision and move on,” he said.

Wood said the plan is a good starting point to get the ball rolling on the next steps, such as funding and locating property for the elementary school.
Kinda makes one wonder who is running things in Cheatham County.

It's hard enough for parents, taxpayers and voters to keep an eye on what's going on in and for schools without having to pay attention to several fronts at the same time.

Might be time for some FOIA requests. Tennessee Tax Revolt has an excellent resource page. They've got a whole section of government records access and Sunshine Laws--scroll down a bit or use CTRL+F and search "sunshine".

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