The Best Record is a Recording

A video recording of the 5.28.19 Whitewater Unified School Board meeting is now online. It is, truly, a genuine good without merely particular ends.  (Every regular and special board session should be online, by the board’s own policies. See Public Records Request, 5.20.19.)

A recording of the full session confirms yet again that the best record is a recording: anything less is partial, incomplete, inadequate. No agenda, no selective reporting, no bowdlerized summary can match the completeness of a recording.

Consider even one example. During the 5.28.19 session, three school administrators reported on the condition of their schools: it was, in total, a twenty-four-minute discussion (as only one key part of a longer meeting):.

These presentations are among the most important ones that a district can give.

And yet, and yet, the local stringer at a dead-tree publication reduced that discussion to only this:

Heard year-end reports on building/program goals for 2018-19 from the district leadership team.

Speaking were Mike Lovenberg, principal at Whitewater High School; Tanya Wojciechowicz, principal at Whitewater Middle School; David Brokopp, principal at Lakeview Elementary School; and Kelly Seichter, director of district curriculum and instruction.

(Indeed, this paltry paragraph did not even accurately list the administrators reporting.)

No, and no again.

Whitewater, and countless other cities big and small, have foolishly relied on below-average sources rather than the best methods and media.

In so relying, they have fallen below the standards and methods of competitive, well-ordered American communities.

There’s no need to settle for anything less than the best methods, seeing again that the best record is a recording.

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5 years ago

Right on target. Here is a question I have for you. In some of your lists of meetings you highlighted the school closed session to discuss employment decisions. However, from your posts since Tuesday it’s obvious that you seem more focused on school performance than the actual employment decision. (that comes across in the canary post.) Is that right?