South Whidbey School Board drops requester identification policy

Mark Helpenstell addresses the South Whidbey School Board Wednesday during a meeting about district records rules. - Justin Burnett / The Record
  • Mar 28, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Mar 29, 2015 at 8:16AM

People who ask the South Whidbey School District for public records will no longer be identified online, the school board decided this week. At a workshop Wednesday evening, directors informally agreed with Superintendent Jo Moccia’s recommendation to drop the practice in the wake of public criticism, extensive news coverage and because naming requesters doesn’t help the board understand the financial impacts of complying with the state’s Open Public Records Act — the board’s stated goal of the policy.

School directors OK recording, clarify media policy

  • Mar 28, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Mar 29, 2015 at 8:21AM

South Whidbey School Board meetings are now being recorded, and the audio posted online. Directors approved the change during a Wednesday workshop at the request of Superintendent Jo Moccia. It's one of several changes the district is making to improve communication and responsiveness to the public.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Film at The Clyde was awesome

  • Mar 28, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, On a rainy Saturday, March 21, some 200 people filled The Clyde Theatre in Langley to see a 1914 silent film entitled “In the Land of the Head Hunters.” This incredible film, created by Edward S. Curtis, was released in 1914 to rave reviews in Seattle and New York, but soon disappeared and was actually rescued from a dumpster in 1947.

Free workshop to keep your Whidbey beach

  • Mar 28, 2015 at 4:00PM

A free workshop for shoreline landowners on coastal processes and erosion management will be held in Langley next week.

Whidbey General Hospital expansion plan revealed

  • Mar 28, 2015 at 2:00PM

Saving old growth trees while still maximizing parking was one of the top concerns about Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion project, revealed for the first time this week.

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