Unneeded secrecy at Johnson County Community College, By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

Source: http://voices.kansascity.com/node/3958

 

Unneeded secrecy at Johnson County Community College
By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

Good job, Ben Hodge.

The Johnson County Community College trustee last week helped the public get a glimpse at the college’s possible budget reductions. Hodge released a list of those potential cutbacks after hearing about them at a closed trustee meeting.

By doing so, he attracted the ire of college president Terry Calaway, who apparently didn’t have his thinking cap on when he wrote a letter to fellow JCCC employees which essentially criticized Hodge’s actions.

It appears Calaway didn’t want the public knowing about or talking about the possible reductions — until it was too late.

Calaway also seemed to think that, because Hodge got a copy of the reductions during a closed executive session, the information shouldn’t have been made public.

Wrong.

Hodge and any other trustee could have safely shared the information given to them at the session. Hodge had a spirited, and extremely lengthy, rebuttal to Calaway.

After all, the taxpayers who finance the community college deserve to know what might happen to the JCCC.

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