The following is a letter to the editor that was submitted to The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
on March 16, 2017.
On behalf of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, I would like to respond to the opinion expressed by The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on March 15, 2017, titled Recording Should be Permitted. I want to clarify some points and offer a broader perspective to your readers.
First and foremost, I must clarify a statement I made to the StarPhoenix in an article dated February 23, 2017, that seems to be the sole source of information behind subsequent opinions. My statement indicated that recording in board meetings is not permitted. This is in contrast to current practice at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools where recording does happen at our board meetings.
Meetings are open to the public; we invite media to the meetings (including the StarPhoenix) and send an agenda via email; agendas and minutes are posted online; we tweet from meetings; and reporters have attended, tweeted and recorded proceedings. Current practice demonstrates that we are not limiting access.
It is, and always has been, our desire to be open, transparent and accountable to the public.
Diane Boyko, Board of Education Chair
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools