The Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees say they want to be “transparent” (truthful, informative and trustworthy) in the way they do college business, yet what they actually do and how they actually do it is anything but transparent. Doesn’t telling lies make you a liar?
North Carolina law requires CCC BoT business meetings be conducted in certain prescribed ways. When you don’t obey the law, isn’t that the description of a crook?
This article is directed straight at the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustee Crooks and liars and the way they do business. This article describes how the very basic ways the CCC BoTs are supposed to conduct their business is violated at almost every twist and turn. The example in this article regards the subject “Special Called Meeting Notice.” Just about every one of them. BoT Folks, if you can’t get this simple Meeting Notice business straight, how can you be trusted to do anything else correctly. And honestly transparent? Like get the CCC Presidential search and other personnel changes done in such a way that it is in the best interest of Cleveland County. As well as make the necessary corrections to the way your business is done to provide proper oversight of CCC operations. Which, of course, is the true function of the CCC BoT in the first place.
The text below came directly from the Special Called Meeting Notice that CCC sent to me. Why was it sent to me? Because I asked for it in writing as prescribed by NC law. If I can obey the law, why can’t the CCC BoT???
Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees
Special Called Meeting Notice
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, per N.C. General Statute 143-318.11(a)(6) that a Special Meeting of the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., in the John F. Schenck, III, Trustees’ Board Room on the campus of Cleveland Community College.
Call to Order of the Board of Trustees
Adoption of Agenda
Ethics Awareness and Identification of Conflicts of Interest
Closed Session [pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6)] To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee.
Now you ask, Williams, what is wrong with this notice? The answer to that question is easy. It simply does not correctly say what the meeting is for and the purpose of the notice is not properly identified. Simple mistakes here, but mistakes that appear to be made every time. Other examples are the Special Called Meeting Notice for those back to back special meeting called last week which were almost exactly like the notice above except for different dates.
1. Where in this notice does it tell the citizens of Cleveland County why this meeting is being held. NOWHERE!!! Just like the two back to back special called meetings that were held last week. Special Called Meetings are just that. Special Called Meeting. What is “special” about this meeting that is called for this Thursday? What was special about the two special meetings that were called last week. None of these Notices gave a peep of information about why, in general terms, these meetings were called. The meetings held last week turned out to be second interviews for the two CCC Presidential candidate finalist. I suspect this coming called meeting may be related to the Presidential search, but it could be for anything else. How can the CCC Board of Trustees regain the trust of Cleveland County citizens when they carry on like this? Refusing to notify the public about the purpose of their special called meetings as required by law. Read on for more details.
2. The meeting notices last week as well as the meeting notice for Thursday, in the very first line says: ” NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, per N.C. General Statute 143-318.11(a)(6)… The NC General Statute that is noted is wrong. That Statute describes those limited items that can be discussed in Closed Sessions of open meetings. That law has absoluttely nothing to do with the proper notice when calling special meetings. The North Carolina Institute of Governement has provided the following guidance for giving notice for special called meetings as follows: