Just notice how quickly some government bodies lock out the public when they have an excuse to do so. I would point out that many, many other school boards were able to find a way to accommodate public access while conducting virtual meetings. This was a choice by Racine because they didn’t really want to hear from their constituents as they made unpopular decisions.
Monday was the first time the School Board allowed public comment during one of its business meetings in around six months. Board President Brian O’Connell previously said this was due to logistical issues as the board had been hosting meetings via Zoom since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There were a few technical issues during the comment period on Monday that caused some minor delays.
Out of the 11 people who commented during the meeting, either in-person or via email, nine of those implored the board to get students back into classrooms.