New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 13, 1994, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 13, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, March 13,1994 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5 AKirk defends actions; debates allegations by Watson Douglas Kirk I’d rather be an MIA than be treated like a POW. That’s something last week’s editorial author Scott Watson may not fully comprehend. In an opinion piece carried by the Herald entitled “Comal ISD board members are MIA’* the board president’s campaign treasurer lampooned Tom Bruce and me for having left a school board executive session early on Feb. 17,1994. He said in his article that he felt that by our action, he was not being property represented 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 representation). We then convened at 7:11 p.m. to executive session. Present were the rest of the board, the superintendent and a representative of one of the school district’s eight law firms. The executive agenda as legally posted under provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act was, “Consultation with attorney regarding pending litigation. No action to be taken.” By 7:28 p.m., 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. Watson’s criticism raises several questions: •How did he know I left the closed meeting early? (The central office was closed and locked to the public.) •Of those who stayed behind in the sensitive meeting, who leaked the details to Watson? Second Point Regarding former board member Tom Potter’s resignation in October 1993, Watson wrote, “...the board members decided to ask interested candidates to come to the November meeting with a rdsumd and to be interviewed. 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 interested.” I’ve looked into the public record: •I cannot find any evidence of such a Board decision. •To which agenda item and public vote is Watson referring when he says that “Kirk participated in the decision?" •In fact I had objected to board actions based upon what the board president said was a “consensus.” There was no opportunity to develop a legal consensus since no public vote was taken. •Did Watson miss the whole point of my objections to interviewing candidates for Potter’s seat on Nov. 29? The rest of the board agreed publicly with me. •The 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 understand that? Third Point Respecting statements in his editorial about what went on in the November 8 executive session, Watson is either clairvoyant, or once again, the CISD board of trustees has an infor- DON’T ‘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 CTO CREATIVE EYEWEAR 844 N. Walnut New Braunfels 625-9770 AFFORDABLE WINDOW TREATMENTS DISCOUNTS ON: -Minis -Verticals -Wood Blinds -Window Treatments -Pleated & Honeycomb Shades FREE ESTIMATES CALL 629-62 14 Hear Rush Live . Mon-Fii ) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. OIH purger badness Burger, Fries, Tea, Tax $4.49 Monday - Friday typify Joe 's. 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Langston House Canyon Lake One Hour Perfect IO Photo Weidner's Florist matron leak regarding things that are discussed in executive session. •Such a leak is a breech of confidentiality and I’m wondering where Watson is getting such information? •Incredibly, 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 proceedings” says nothing about any discussion 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 executive session, wouldn’t that be a direct violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act? Fourth Point I’ve witnessed some interesting things in closed meetings. I’ve seen people argue adamantly against a particular action, then walk out into public session five minutes later and vote for action. It is every board member’s right to vote any way he pleases, to argue against something one minute and the next minute cave in and “go along with the boys.” If a board member wants to represent the voters of the district in that manner, then so be it. However, the law requires the final ?** ‘ on any issue to be made in pub- It should be noted: •I am not for sale at any price. •I will not be pressured, coerced, or do anything just for the sake of it — under the circumstances. •It doesn’t bother me to stand alone on particular issues. I was elected because of my philosophy and my judgment; unlike other politicians who get a case of the weenies once they get into office, I am going to stand on my principles and ethics —no matter what. Continued on Page 6A VINYL SALE Prices Start At 3wsq. yd. imps I h t a a I o a s 943 N. 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