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Waxahachie ISD to tape meetings

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Effort designed to be more open
The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - School board meetings will be videotaped, efforts some members said will result in conduct and business being more open to the public.

Trustee Mark Price, who said the 'more open government is, the better,' sought to have every meeting taped and then replayed on Waxahachie's local community cable station.

'The [public] has a right to know what their duly elected officials are doing,' Price said. 'I think the [recordings] will be good for open and more honest government.'

At first, School Board President Joe Langely questioned why members would want meetings videotaped, but eventually agreed to go along with Price's motion.

Price and trustees Bill Kelley and John Colwell have dubbed themselves, 'The Reformers' in response to the recent allegations of financial mismanagement with previous and current administrations.

Those allegations include employees using district-owned equipment to maintain Finance Officer Dan Davis' yard, spending of school bond election money on other needs, and misusing millions in loans intended to pay payroll.

The 'Waxahachie ISD is going through some weird financial times, so the more open [our government], the better,' said Price.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10 at the WISD Administration Building, 411 N. Gibson. The meeting, plus an open-to-the-public pre-meeting, begins at 7 p.m.

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