Fundamentally, the school board has a right to control what is published
to the school's website, while the teachers association has no such
right.  The teachers association may request permission to have
information published or to include a link to a separate website from
the board, but the board has no obligation to provide same.
It would have been wise for the teachers association to request a link
to their own website at some point in the past, when contract
negotiations were not taking place.  I suspect it would be a lot harder
for them to gain access now.
Steve Barner
South Burlington High School


From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Drew Blanchard
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:39 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: appropriate Website use?

It's contract negotiations time in Winooski, and the school's website is
caught in the crossfire.  As one of the Website's administrators, I'm
now looking at biased talking points from the school board linked on the
site's main page, with an angry teachers' union breathing down my neck
requesting equal time and space on the site.  I find this whole thing an
extremely inappropriate use for our site.  Have any other districts used
their school's Website for such purposes?  It feels like an
unprofessional "he said, she said" sort of thing, but if it's a commonly
accepted use for the site, well, I should smile and nod and keep my
mouth shut.    

Are other schools' sites used this way during contract negotiations? 

Winooski's main page

Talking points page

Drew Blanchard
Technology Teacher
Winooski City Schools
Normand St.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655 - 3530 x6073

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