Here is what he had to say about Wayne Township School Board members:
Some Wayne Township School Board members have decided not to speak to reporters. Their voice will now be that of paid district spokeswoman Mary McDermott-Lang.
The media serve as a proxy for citizens – attending public meetings that a citizen’s schedule might preclude. Reporters ask questions that would be on the minds of those who voted for the School Board.
These questions posed by a reporter and included in a newspaper article or news broadcast help citizens understand the quality of representation they are getting from an elected official.
Those citizens are not well served by a board member who refuses to articulate the reasons behind a policy decision, but prefers to hide behind the practiced and professional tongue of a spokesperson who did not cast a vote and can’t speak to the personal motivations of any individual board member for a vote taken.
If Wayne Township School Board members can’t handle the heat of media questions, then they need to get out of the proverbial kitchen.