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Letters: Did Menahga School Board meet illegally?

Last October the Menahga school board approved a position statement in regard to the November bond referendum. It was submitted to the Enterprise, which ran it as a two-part guest editorial.

The main body of the document was attacking opposition to the referendum by making accusations of misstatements and attempting to discredit the views

Of those who had different ideas of opinions. The letter ended with what some called a threat by saying, “this bond referendum request is a one-time opportunity…” and if the referendum does not pass, “we will not be coming back to the voters in the foreseeable future…”

Just weeks after the referendum failed, the Menahga School Board held three private meetings in Minneapolis in January with firms that specialize in helping schools pass referendums. These companies charge $30,000 to $40,000 to get a community to the referendum stage and then they manage the construction of the project if approved and $$$? Who was behind this?

Those familiar with Minnesota Statute 13D, the Open Meeting Law, understand the reason for it and the significance of these facts:

1. A quorum of the board met three different times, Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m.

2. The meetings were held outside of the district boundaries.

3. The meetings were not posted as required.

Where is the accountability? When I was growing up I was taught that we had a representative form of government where officials were elected as representatives of the voters. Hmm?

Jon Kangas

Menahga