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December 23, 2012

City School discussion forum now online

District residents can nowemail questions, comments

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School District now has an online forum to address the questions of community members.

The forum is accessible through the school’s website, plattscsd.org, and allows people to email district-related questions and comments to questions@plattscsd.org.

The district will then post the questions, along with answers, to the public forum.

NO DIRECT POSTS

Plattsburgh City School Superintendent James “Jake” Short said the school has not added any new staff to run the project but will try to keep up with responding to incoming inquiries as best it can.

Community members are being asked to email their questions and comments to the district rather than being allowed to post them directly to the forum, so the district can monitor the comments for appropriateness and avoid duplicate questions.

“If we have multiple questions that are similar, we thought it might be easier for people to read if we bundle them together,” Short said.

While waiting for the community’s emailed inquiries to come in, the district posted two frequently asked questions and their respective answers to the forum to get it started.

These questions are “When does the Board of Education meet? and “When is the annual budget and election?”

FOSTERING DISCUSSION

Short said the concept of an online question-and-answer venue is new to the district, but the school is giving it a try in an effort to expand its dialogue with the community.

The need for more open communication with district residents has been the topic of multiple School Board meetings in recent months, as members of the community have voiced concerns at board meetings about their school-related questions going unanswered.

Members of the public often come to meetings with inquiries, which they voice during public-comment sessions; however, Short has stated in the past that the meetings are for business of the board and are not a time for board members to converse with the public.

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