July 8th Octorara Board Work Session Downloadable Agenda

Octorara websiteUPDATE: The morning of July 8th, the Octorara Board Work Session Agenda was made available on the district’s website. A pdf version is available for download here: July 8-13 Work Session Agenda.

This post serves as a placeholder for the download copy of the Octorara Board Work Session Agenda, scheduled for July 8th at 7:30pm , in the Jr./Sr. High School Multi-Purpose Room.

I have made it a practice to repost the district’s agenda here the Friday prior to meetings. This Friday, the agenda had not yet been made available on the district’s website and, as of today, it still is not available.

You may have noticed last month, the Octorara Area School District website received an “upgrade.” Initially, with the migration to a new template design, much of the old information vanished. (example: board minutes from years past are now gone, and only from July 2012 to March 2013 exist) Moreover, since the “upgrade” little to no progress seems to have been made adding information back, or expanding the information they provide.

On June 27th, I blogged about the Sunshine’s Review’s evaluation of the old site. The Sunshine Review is about state and local government transparency, engaged citizens, and holding government officials accountable. Sunshine Review collects and shares information about state and local transparency using a 10-point Transparency Checklist to evaluate 6,000 state and local government websites, and is a non-profit that collaborates with individuals and organizations across America to promote state and local transparency.

Octorara has a poor reputation when it comes to transparency, and their old website was representative of the difficulties parents and citizens had finding good, valid, accurate information. The new website provides an opportunity, but its value is based on the amount and types of information it provides.


One thought on “July 8th Octorara Board Work Session Downloadable Agenda

  1. Tim,
    Another thing that has not been discussed it how much the new “upgrade” actually costs (that I can remember). I do recall, during the budget talks, about the cost of the website being $5,000 a year. After doing some research on the website company (www.schoolwires.com), there are more costs involved beyond just the hosting and management of the site. The design, training, etc… it all adds up. What I don’t understand is with hosting being as cheap as it is, why don’t they try to do more in-house? I’m sure there are kids that go to school there with interests in web design and programming. Why not take advantage of that?


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