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(DeSoto County, MS) The entire time Don Lovett’s children went to DeSoto County Schools, he hardly ever heard a peep from the school board.

”No, they never come out and sent out any letters or anything. I guess they did what they thought was best, I suppose.”

Agendas were always available for board meetings, but you had to come to school board headquarters to get a look at them.

People knew so little about the school board and what it did, it shocked board member Steve Dodd.

”A lot of people asked me, what’s the school board do? I don’t know anything about it.”

He kept getting more questions like that as he campaigned door-to-door, so he’s proposed putting agendas and school board minutes on the schools’ website.

DeSoto school leaders have formed a committee to get the idea moving.

Dodd hopes to at least have agendas on-line by the next school board meeting on April 8th.

Dodd says going on-line is just good government, and makes the board more responsive to the people who pay the bills.

”Just to see what we’re covering and what we’re doing and how we’re spending their money.”

Taxpayers like Don Lovett love the idea, so he can keep up better with his grandson’s education.

”I think it’s fantastic. We’re in the age of internet. People are actually getting on and looking for things. When they can get on and find out about their kids and schools, I’m sure that’s what interests them most.”

But before that happens, the full school board will have to vote on it.

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