Time Change from Cy-Fair ISD - Is this an attempt to lower taxpayer participation?
by Bob Price on December 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM
In a last minute announcement from School Board Trustee Bill Morris, the time for the Special Board Meeting of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees has been changed from 3 pm to 6 pm. The published agenda on the CFISD website still says 3 pm.
This appears to be a last minute attempt by the CFISD Board to diffuse public attendance in a meeting they hurriedly scheduled just before the holidays hoping no one would notice or participate.
The purpose of this meeting, discussed in yesterday's story on TexasGOPVote.com, is to change the term of office of Board Members and to move the election dates from even numbered to odd numbered years. The effect of these changes would be to lower voter participation in school board elections.
Now they are shifting the meeting at the last minute in order to confuse the public and lower attendance at the meeting. What do they have to hide?
UPDATE: I spoke with the CFISD Superintendent's secretary, Donna Blowey this morning. She told me the meeting starts at 3 pm. There will be a 2 hour training session followed by a 1 hour break. At 6 pm the meeting will resume with discussion of the election issues.
I asked Ms. Blowie how the public was supposed to know when they should attend in order to address these issues. Blowie stated, "I don't know."
Does this time change constitute a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act? The original notice of the meeting barely met the legal requirements of three days notice. How does this change effect legal notice?
The meeting will be held in the Board Room of CFISD Instructional Support Center, located at 10300 Jones Road in Houston. It will begin at 6:00 p.m.
I will be there for the 6 pm meeting to cover this and bring as much light as possible on the CFISC school board and its attempt to undermine the voting public.
Since the meeting is still subject to change, call Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry at 281-897-4077 or email the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.