From Sun reporter Raven L. Hill, who attended last night's Baltimore County school board meeting:
New Baltimore County Board of Education president Lawrence Schmidt addressed some of the criticism that's been directed at the panel over the last several months over a lack of transparency.
"I think I speak for all of the board members when I say that we hear you," he said. "We hear complaints about transparency, accountability, accessibility and I will give you my pledge that we will work and I will work to try to improve on those things in the next year that I am president to improve the board's function and its relationship with its constituencies and its students.
"With that being said, I guess I would say that I think there's always a certain amount of confusion about the role of the board. … There are many occasions where we are prohibited either under law or ethically from commenting on certain issues that may come before us. So, please don't take our silence as a symptom of not caring, but knowing that we are bound by the rules and regulations and laws by which we are governed."