Wichita school board meeting: Not for the public


Monday’s meeting of the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district didn’t go well.

At one time board president Betty Arnold admonished the audience: “This board meeting is held in public, but it is not for the public, or of the public.”


11 responses to “Wichita school board meeting: Not for the public”

  1. Angel

    What is the board’s presidents problem. Just let them have their say…

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  3. Joe

    I disagree with you on other matters, but have to agree with you here. This was not handled well by the board chair. And thank you for posting this video.

  4. John

    Betty Arnold is in a real power trip. She has to understand that we live in America, not Iran or North Korea. The people have the right to speak…it is called democracy. This woman needs to be recalled and certainly not re-elected.

  5. Quintus

    I remember years ago when the school board candidates were actually vetted by the media and there was much more awareness of the issues. The media in Wichita is either dead or in agreement with the problems and issues plaguing our community today.

  6. Anonymous Mike

    Hi, with respect to the USD 259 school closings, I understand that the buildings are old, but I would guess that there were kids attending those schools, living in those neighborhoods. I also know that the district has grown geographically. Logically, the schools being closed could have been replaced, not closed. Why weren’t they?


  7. E

    Disgusting. My kids will NEVER attend public schools!

  8. Cicero’s sister”s cousin

    The Wichita City Council has met its match in rudeness i.e. USD 259 school board!

  9. […] criticism of its members or its policies in board meetings, claiming that the meetings are “not for the public“. The district has also faced scrutiny due to the secrecy involving the physical restraint of […]

  10. […] One story is particularly telling. Parents were very upset in 2012 when the USD 259 Wichita school board was preparing to close some schools and build new ones in different parts of the city. Board President Betty Arnold admonished the audience, stating, “This board meeting is held in public, but it is not for the public, or of the public.” […]

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