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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday March A Kirk defends actions debates allegations by Watson Douglas Kirk Id rather be an MIA than be treated like a POW Thats something last weeks editorial author Scott Wat son may not fully comprehend In an opinion piece carried by the Herald enti tled Comal ISD board members are MIA the board presidents campaign treasurer lampooned Tom Bruce and me for having left a school board executive session early on Feb He said in his article that he felt that by our action he was not being properly rep resented by us First Point Mr Bruce and I had already voted on the three posted agenda items in the open session which gave Watson his proper We then convened at to executive session Present were the rest of the board the superintendent and a repre sentative of one of the school districts eight law firms The executive agenda as legally post ed under provisions of the Texas Open Act was Consultation with attorney regarding pending litigation No action to be By it had become clear to me that the executive discussion had strayed dramatically from the legally posted agenda It appeared to me that no one in the room was willing to do anything to correct it or to stop what appeared to be a POW interrogation It was at this time I decided to excuse myself from the meeting It was the only way I knew to stop my esteemed colleagues from further breaking the law Watsons criticism raises several questions did he know I left the closed meeting early The central office was closed and locked to the those who stayed behind in the sensitive meeting who leaked the details to Watson Second Point Regarding former board member Tom Potters resignation in October 1993 Watson wrote board members decided to ask interested can didates to come to the November meet ing with a resume and to be inter viewed Mr Kirk participated in the decision to ask the candidates to come forward and he was the one to say be sure to invite a certain candidate he knew was Ive looked into the public record cannot find any evidence of such a Board decision which agenda item and public vote is Watson referring when he says that Kirk participated in the decision fact I had objected to board actions based upon what the board president said was a There was no opportunity to develop a legal consensus since no public vote was taken Watson miss the whole point of my objections to interviewing candi dates for Potters seat on Nov 29 TTie rest of the board agreed publicly with me law says that all actions taken by the board of trustees must be in public and that no decisions can be made in closed session What does it take to get the board president to under stand that Third Point Respecting statements in his editor ial about what went on in the Novem ber 8 executive session Watson is either clairvoyant or once again the CISD board of trustees has an infor mation leak regarding things that are discussed in executive session a leak is a breech of confi dentiality and Im wondering where Watson is getting such information the certified agenda of the closed executive session for Nov 8 and signed by the board president as a true and correct record of the pro ceedings says nothing about any dis cussion other than resignations and employment of certified personnel and consultation with an attorney regarding pending litigation If the things Watson claimed had really transpired in exec utive session wouldnt that be a direct violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act Fourth Point Ive witnessed some interesting AFFORDABLE WINDOW TREATMENTS DISCOUNTS ON Minis Verticals Wood Blinds Window Treatments Pleated Honeycomb Shades DONT DISCOUNT YOUR EYE CARE GLASSES You can depend on QUALITY You can depend on SERVICE You can depend on When you depend on your glasses go to the dependable people at LAJ CREATIVE EYEWEAR 844 N Walnut New Braunfels 6259770 Hear Rush Live MpnFri 11 Burger Burger Fries Tea Tax Monday Friday Joes FUN 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