Hmmm. A commenter clued me in to an ASD meeting scheduled for tonight at 5:30 at Treadwell Elementary. Treadwell Elem. is one of the 14 schools that may end taken over by the ASD.
I took a look at the ASD website, and sure enough, nothing is posted about any meetings after the Operator Night at University of Memphis that occurred on Tuesday night.
So I called Treadwell Elem., and they were able to confirm that the meeting is happening.
So why would the ASD not post such a meeting on their own website? In the latest article that AchievementCommunications commented on, the ASD's taxpayer funded PR person explained that their methods of publicity included robocalls to parents, letters home to parents, and local media announcements. Let's assume that the ASD has properly advertised the meeting to those families who will be directly affected by the ASD's takeover. And let's assume that the paper, or all of the news channels, or whatever other media they notified chose not to publish any information about these public meetings. Why is it not on the ASD website - right now - about three hours before the meeting?
I certainly wouldn't want to speak to their intentions, but we must acknowledge that not publicizing their own meeting to the general public has the affect of suppressing community turnout at the meeting. Since it coincides with a Special Call School Board meeting also at 5:30, it likely means that no sitting School Board Commissioners will be able to attend. At the meeting, I attended earlier this week, Commissioners Chris Caldwell and Kevin Woods both attended. My guess is that they will not skip the School Board meeting to attend the ASD meeting - and they should not. But why would the ASD schedule a meeting that they know that School Board commissioners will not attend?
Again, I certainly wouldn't want to guess about what the ASD's intentions may or may not be, but I do believe that everything that the ASD does is intentional. And purposeful.