School board discusses transparency

BY DI STAFF | MAY 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City School Board members said they're aiming to be more transparent by renovating the district's website.

Board member Mike Cooper noted at Tuesday's board meeting that other Iowa United Education Network school districts were more accessible and allowed easier public access to documents and records.

"The category we're talking about is transparency," he said. "It's not that we don't have information, it's just not always easy to find it."

The district has not had a web developer for the last school year, but it hired David Dude as director of information technology in January.

He said that while documents can be posted to the district's website, there are not enough resources to form searchable databases.

Board member Gayle Klouda said she submitted a draft for new web resources to the finance committee, though this may be limited by the district's spare finances.

"Our budget situation at the moment is not in a situation to increase," she said.

— by Luke Voelz

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