JCCC leadership doesn’t have a clue about open meetings laws; openly refuses to learn

Just three months ago, by violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act, a majority of the JCCC Board of Trustees — including “experienced” college leaders Shirley Brown-VanArsdale and Lynn Mitchelson — made it clear to the entire Kansas City metro that they had absolutely no understanding of Kansas law.  This week, the majority of board members made it abundantly clear that they have absolutely no interest in ever learning the law.

And a week ago, board Chair Shirley Brown-VanArsdale and JCCC President Terry Calaway, in an article in The Gardner News, unintentionally yet clearly stated that they think that open meetings laws only apply to verbal comments, and not also written and electronic communication.  That is 100% incorrect.  Here is Calaway, in reference to typed budget information that he inappropriately distributed to the JCCC Board during a closed meeting:

“We’re very careful about it, which was why there wasn’t any discussion about this material.”

Read more of Benjamin Hodge’s update on situation at RedCounty.com/Johnson.

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