Katy ISD's transparency policy issue

- FOX 26 was first to report the Katy school district's policy change that some say is simply to hide public comment from the public. So, far Katy ISD's position hasn't been reversed, but pressure is mounting.

The district announced it would no longer be recording, and posting on line, one of its monthly meetings, the work study meeting. A former board member, instrumental in getting the meetings recorded only a few years ago, says that's a real meeting too, because the board does vote on items at that meeting.

"I called the Attorney General's office today for their interpretation of the open records law," Bill Proctor told FOX 26.

Proctor is a long time educator, and was a member of the Katy Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2014.

He believes the decision has more to do with the superintendent than the school board.

"I think it's totally generated by Mr. Frailey," Proctor said, speaking from his first hand experience. "I do not think he is very open to the board on a lot of things that were done."

The school district reiterated Tuesday that the policy change was made by the school board, despite rumors circulating that school board members were unaware.

Fox26 emailed each board member, asking for the truth, and heard back from none of them.

"Katy has not been very transparet in a lot of things they've done," Proctor said, "and by moving the public comment back to a work study meeting, and not video taping those meetings, they're not allowing the taxpayers of the district to see what comments other people are making about things of great concern to them."

Proctor says the public should be furious, and board members need to own it, or reverse it, in their February meetings.

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