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UPDATE: EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- The board of school trustees of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation made the announcement that they are in the process of changing the way the people interact with them during the public comment section of the meeting. The board says they are going to hold public meetings to give people the chance to address issues not on the school board agenda.

Evansville Attorney Charlie Berger has become a familiar face in the school board rooms, repeatedly taking to the podium to ask the board for more transparency.

“On January 15th I asked for a significant number of items. They acknowledged that they got them, but then I haven’t heard another word,” said Charlie Berger.

Members of the public who address the school board at the board meeting have three minutes to talk. The board has not yet said how long they’ll have at these new public meetings.

“I think it’s going to be more limiting because there are certain groups that come to every meeting that have the same issue, I try to bring different issues to the meeting, but none of my issues are on the agenda,” said Berger.

The purpose of the public meetings is just that, to address public concerns of issues not on the agenda. Concerns like those of Tony Ricketts.

“When they have pack the bowl night, we have as many as 10,000 people in the Reitz Bowl, people are parking everywhere, on both sides of the street,” said Ricketts.

Ricketts says a developer is planning to build up to eight homes on .25 quarter acre lot by Reitz High School, an area where space is in limited supply. Now he and other area homeowners are asking for the EVSC’s help to make sure there is enough space on the roads for cars to pass and for emergency response vehicles to reach them.

“We kind of feel like they’re special resident up on Reitz Hill because they have probably 2,000 pepole between students and faculty that are traveling back and forth up there everyday,” said Ricketts.


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- The board of school trustees of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation made an announcement Monday that took people by surprise.

The board announced that they will start holding public meetings to give members the chance to speak about matters that don’t fall under the agenda of the meeting. Members of the public have been calling out the EVSC board to better communicate with them for months.

Charlie Berger, a member of the public who had addressed the board said public meetings won’t stop him from showing up to school board meetings.

According to Board President Jeff Worthington, there is no official date for when the meetings will begin or where they will be held.

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(This story was originally published on January 27, 2020)


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