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Marshfield School Board considering information policy


MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU)  -  A proposed policy that could limit a Marshfield school board member’s access to some information about the district is being re-examined. Board members currently have access to information made through normal open records requests; but at issue is whether requests for special information, such as in the case of complied reports, is too “substantial,” to be granted.

Also at issue is who gets to make the determination of what is ‘substantial’?  School Board treasurer Randell Krueger said, “My problem here is one board member looks at that and says ‘That board member seems to have the ear of the superintendent. If I ask for something, I get no, you’ve got to go to committee.’ That’s the problem.”

Board vice president Marlene Stueland wondered if the proposed policy was too restrictive, asking, “Why is this necessary at this time, what’s prompting us to have a rule or policy governing what board members can access?”

Calls for more “transparency” have been leveled by several of the candidates vying for two open seats on the board, up for grabs in the April 2nd election.

The Board’s Policy Committee will re-examine the proposed access to information policy, and may be back with recommendations at the next board meeting in April.