Monday • April 27, 2020
The Mysterious Case of the HCPSS Board of Education Leaker
Over the past 8 months, there have been some serious email leaks coming from the HCPSS Board of Education. that have been extremely harmful to private citizens, to this past Fall’s redistricting process, and to the personal and professional livelihood of fellow Board members and their families. These leaks show a complete disregard for the official confidentiality of emails sent between Board members as well disregard for the rules related to the public release of community testimony.
The following list includes some of the most significant examples of these recent BOE leaks:
1) On September 5, 2019, a local journalist & HoCo citizen sent a letter sent to the BOE and County Council as testimony against County resolution CR-112. The following day, an MPIA was submitted that requested the details of this letter. The letter had not been published by the County yet, and it is clear that someone who received that email (a County Councilmember OR a BOE member) leaked the contents (or a summary) of this letter to others and suggested that they submit an MPIA to have it published. More details on this leak can be found in this post.
2) On October 27, 2019, BOE member Kirsten Coombs’ sent an email to fellow Board members about polygon 147 and her intent to make a motion to redistrict this polygon, just days after the release of a detailed report on polygon 147 election campaign donations and an analysis that questioned why they had not been included in this year’s redistricting plan.