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Man ousted from school board meeting after outburst

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An outburst during the superintendent's report led to one man being escorted from the first Columbia County school board meeting Tuesday of 2022.

“You’re having conversations about our conversations with him,” said Eric Feldkamp before the board. “I have twice had to point out that the school d...

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  1. I am having a hard time understanding parts of this article, but as I see it, Mr. Feldkamp was indeed out of order since he interrupted Superintendent Flynt in the middle of a report he was giving. If, in fact, the Board has “received over 60 open records requests, in correspondences comprised of over 10,000 emails, addressing over a half million items, documents and attachments” it would appear to me that the Board is under attack and needs all the support it can get. It certainly does not need further attack by way of an interruption from the floor as the Superintendent is offering his report to the public. 10,000 emails? 500,000+ items, documents and attachments? FIVE individuals responsible? What is going on? And why was Superintendent Flynt interrupted as he brought this to light and asked for help?

    • Yes, I was out of order. I gathered up my belongings before interrupting and left when directed. I interrupted because he was publicly making false statements and disparaging parents with legitimate concerns. I get that some may not like the indecorum. Due to the board’s extreme tightening of public comment rules, there was no other way to address it at that meeting than to violate their rules.

      I don’t think the story is very clearly written either. The 500,000 items, and the district may disagree with my characterization, is due to them very broadly interpreting my request for some documents that ought to have been generated by a couple of internal committees. I expected a response of a few dozen documents tops, but they’ve chosen to do a word search through their entire network structure. That isn’t what I asked them to do and I’ve tried to work with the district, including offering to modify my request, to make it manageable.

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