A Message from the Superintendent

Dear BAS Community,

I deeply appreciate the gathering of our community this evening to review and comment on our Return to School Plan. In our sincere attempt to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend the meeting, we attempted to use two platforms, Google Meet and Zoom. In earlier tests today, the plan seemed to be a good one. However, when all participants joined in, the system would not allow our hosts to navigate effectively. The technical difficulties we experienced forced the Board of Education to choose between an Open Meeting Act challenge as participants attempted to navigate through the two platforms and the inconvenience of rescheduling.

While I will speak candidly and say that I am disappointed that tonight's meeting did not go as planned, I do think the decision to reschedule was the right one. All of us are anxious to finalize our Return to School Plan, but we need to do so in a way that supports public comment and clear communication for all.

Participation in the Board of Education meeting tomorrow [August 11 at 6:00 pm] will be exclusively through Zoom. We will be prepared to conduct the meeting to allow for a maximum number of participants. We will also record the meeting for later viewing. Instructions on the use of Zoom, and the ID for the meeting, will be available on our district website.

To enter the August 11th (6:00pm) Zoom Meeting, click on the following link: https://zoom.us/j/95302668380

Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this evening may have caused.

Laura Surrey, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent
Brighton Area Schools

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