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Friday, August 19, 2011

Board meetings now on the district website - still off Comcast - August 17, 2011 Clarkston News Article

8/17/11 Article in the Clarkston News: click here 

"School board meetings now posted on website

August 17, 2011 - The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education meetings are now available to watch online.

The link to the board's last meeting, on July 11, is found on the bottom of the district's home page at

"The meetings are and will continue to be broadcasted on cable," said Dr. Rock, superintendent. "We are also planning to stream them on our website. We plan to have this as a secondary method for all to view the meetings."

He explained only Independence Township residents have the option to watch it on Comcast cable right now. Expanding it to the internet allows more interested community members to watch.

Rock also said they plan to add finance committee meetings, as well."
Contrary to what Dr. Rock told the Clarkston News, it's now been a week with the channel 22 of Clarkston Comcast Cable not transmitting school board meetings.  It has about four different backgrounds with the same printed message on it with nondescript choral, orchestral, or elevator music in the background.  This is what it shows now:

It will be interesting to see if the district ever decides to post the board meetings back on channel 22 of Comcast, or if they just decide to post the board meetings on the district website and walk away from Comcast. 
Update on 9/16/11:  I spoke at the 9/12/11 board meeting and called out Dr. Rock for not putting the board meetings back on Comcast channel 22.  He retorted that he was going to put them back on the board and a couple days later, he did...  Thanks Dr. Rock.   

Friday, August 12, 2011

Clarkston Schools dropping public Comcast broadcast of board meetings

This is a photo of channel 22's only transmission as of 8/11/11.  In case you can't read it, it says:

"Clarkston Community Schools' broadcast of the Board of Education meetings will soon be moving to the Internet.
Watch the district home page at for more information."
The Clarkston Community School System has apparently decided to stop showing the school board meetings on Comcast's channel 22, the public access channel for the school system.  The meetings have stopped transmitting and in their place is the blue screen above.  The meetings used to loop constantly until several months ago when the meetings started including public comments that the district didn't want people to hear...  Then the meetings would play for a day or two and then stop.  There would then be a solid green screen and no more meeting recordings until the next meeting.  

At the last meeting, I commented about the recent board meetings "disappearing" from channel 22 shortly after the meetings began running on Comcast.  After the meeting, the district's IT director came over to me and advised me that he was responsible for keeping the board meeting recording transmitting on Comcast and that whenever the equipment that transmitted the recordings of the meetings lost power, that the recordings stopped transmitting and that was why the recordings stopped, but that the district didn't know it until someone called the district to let them know.  The fact that the district's second highest paid employee ($119,000/ year salary for the IT director) cannot keep a machine working is sad indeed.  
Apparently, someone in the district doesn't want the public to know what the superintendent and the board are up to.  If the board meetings are no longer on Comcast Cable and only on the district website, it will obviously be seen by far fewer people and cannot be seen at all by people without internet access.  Although it does not surprise me at all, I find it an unfortunate action by the district.

If you are unhappy with this, please email Dr. Rock at


Monday, August 1, 2011

Why am I doing this blog?

I am neither trying to "take down" nor "smear" the district.  My intent is to get the superintendent to manage the day to day operations of the district as if he lived here and had his kids in the school system, to follow direction from the board, to manage school funds prudently, to follow policy, etc.  In short, to do things "right".

I also want to see the school board setting direction and managing the superintendent (and not allowing Dr. Rock to manage THEM), for the board to make decisions as if they still had kids in the school system, to make prudent financial decisions, to follow direction from the public, and to follow policy, etc.

I bought property and built a house in Independence Twp to a large extent because of the school system... I like and respect the staff, the schools themselves, and the kids.

My beef is not with the school district or the staff. My beef is with the superintendent and the four school board members who accommodate Dr. Rock on any and all demands he puts forward to the board - no matter what the public wants and no matter how it may harm our students or the district.

I just hope that through this blog, newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and talking to other residents, that the people of this community will see what is really going on in our school system, take a stand to say they're not going to stand for it, and that will put the pressure on to allow for needed changes in the school district and on the school board.