Trustees want to be left in dark no longer

“It leaves us with the media calling asking for comment and we don’t know what they are talking about"

  • Mar. 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The provincial Ministry of Education will be receiving a letter from the Kamloops-Thompson board of education, asking why it is being ignored.

Board of education chairwoman Denise Harper said trustees want to know why, when the ministry sends out press releases related to education in the district, the board administration and trustees aren’t on the list to receive them.

“It leaves us with the media calling asking for comment and we don’t know what they are talking about,” Harper said.

“The media gets the releases, but we don’t.”

It wasn’t always this way.

Harper said up until recently, releases always went to the district, “sometimes before the media got them,” but the trend recently has been “not giving any information to the board at all or just putting it on their website and hoping we look there.”

 

Trustee John Harwood suggested Harper remind ministry officials of the protocol signed between it and the province’s school-board trustees eight years ago that includes provisions for inclusion on communications.