Regarding the article "Barrett criticizes process for statement," I have no comment on the underlying issues of the vote of no confidence or plan for hybrid learning. However, I would like to address the misconception that public statements issued by board leadership are "presumed to be on behalf of all seven board members." That is not true.

Public statements are issued by the board's leadership on behalf of the entity, not the individuals. A majority vote becomes the board's official position.

Ms. Barrett presumably exercised her right to voice her opposition during the discussion and vote. She apparently failed to convince a majority of her colleagues that her position should be adopted. I note that she had no complaint that the content of the statement was incorrect.

How can there be a "lack of transparency" when the leadership is simply communicating board action taken at a public meeting? That should never require approval of individual board members. Asking for comments is a courtesy that has no impact on transparency.

The process wasn't rogue, but Ms. Barrett's response was.

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threecents

I think schools should be able to open in a hybrid format, but the devil is in the details. From what I hear, teachers are not satisfied that Alban and the Board have worked out the details of how to open the schools up in a reasonable way so that teachers will be safe and their workloads will be manageable. From what I hear, Barrett is on point and speaks to the concerns that a lot of teachers are afraid to say out loud.

Dwasserba

A view prevailed, Barrett dissents, the fnp is a venue to express it. It gives her a separate identity within a body that collectively reaches decisions. Anyone can do this. Such a fuss.

NewMarketParent

I, for one, welcome reasonable consent argued in good faith. We should never live in an echo chamber.

FlyFisherman

This individual who complains about “process issues” regularly ignores the Board process and writes to the FNP. Always couching the righteous indignation as “an individual Board member” to justify abusing the process.

FcpsAdmin2

This letter is right in theory but misses how the board actually works in reality. Every time the write a board statement, they circulate in advance to get input and copy edits -- that's been standard board practice for years and years. Every time EXCEPT this one. So why didn't Brad and Jay draft their little love note to Terry Alban in secret? They knew other members would oppose their betrayal of teachers.

Hayduke2

"So why didn't Brad and Jay draft their little love note to Terry Alban in secret?" Wouldn't that make it transparent?

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