Track 35: Ensuring District Transparency

Participants in Insuring District Transparency will develop a working definition of transparency and apply it to various types of internal and external communication, methods of communication, media relations, website development and analysis, and collecting feedback from the community. Additionally, participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of Sunshine Laws including Code of Iowa, Chapter 21, Open Meetings; and Code of Iowa, Chapter 22, Open Records and how proper utilization can improve transparency.

Participants will take home resources and checklists to determine if their district is as transparent as possible or if it is too transparent. Each participant will leave with an outline of what needs to be changed in his or her district to insure appropriate transparency.

With ever increasing concerns about governmental bodies and transparency, and the establishment of a new state agency, the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), that has jurisdiction over open meetings and public records, it's even more vital administrators understand the two laws and the implications for their boards and districts.  One of the outside speakers is a member of IPIB and will talk about the board and its role.  The other outside speaker is a member of the media and will talk about how best to work with the media to ensure your message is being heard.

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