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Federal Way school board mix-up | Editor's Note

Editor Carrie Rodriguez - File photo
Editor Carrie Rodriguez
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Last week, we reported that the Federal Way Public Schools board would select a candidate on June 24.

Following publication, we discovered that school district officials posted a notice on their website, stating that the board would select a candidate on June 3, after the board interviewed candidates.

Concerned about the date change, I contacted district officials and discovered the error was due to staff oversight. I expressed my concerns to district officials that the oversight caused some readers confusion, as one of the five board candidates contacted the Mirror, asking if we knew when the board would make their decision.

It was a simple fix, as we posted a story on our website notifying the community about the June 3 decision.

A short time later, board President Carol Gregory called and said due to the confusion the oversight caused, the board would table their decision to select a candidate until June 10.

My head spun.

But I applaud Gregory’s decision to delay the decision, acting in the best interests of her constituents.

We fixed the fix on our website again, and that was that. The June 10 date stands.

Mistakes happen; we’re human. We fix them and move on.

But in an effort to prevent something like this from occurring again and to disseminate the most accurate information as possible, I submitted a request to the school district.

According to state law regarding open public meetings, RCW 42.30.080 states that when an agency calls a special meeting, they must deliver a written notice to newspapers or other media that have a written request on file with the governing body to be notified of special meetings.

Easy fix.

We strive for accuracy and regret the confusion the school district’s oversight may have caused.

I also urge school district officials to look at how they disemminate meeting notices and other information to the public.

The district needs a more proactive approach in how it communicates with the public than posting a notice in a seemingly random place on the district’s website — a place that was overlooked by some readers, a board applicant, reporters and the district’s own staff.

 

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