Editorial: Ivy Tech board moves toward transparency

The public will have greater knowledge of what the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees and the Columbus Region 10 Board of Trustees discuss in private because of recent changes to meeting notices.

That’s a victory for transparency and the public’s right to know.

Ivy Tech had been criticized by Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, who stated that it was using a “poor practice” by issuing notices of state board executive sessions that were not specific about topics to be covered. Since early 2012, notices generally listed that “some or all of” the same nine topics would be discussed: litigation, security systems, purchase of property, safety measures, prospective employees, alleged misconduct, classified records, job performance and board training.

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