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New Baltimore County school board president addresses transparency concerns

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.

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"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."

What do you think about the school board's transparency in the past and going forward, now that new leadership has been put into place?

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