Hillsborough School Board will get a refresher Thursday in the sunshine law

Published Jan. 24, 2018|Updated Jan. 24, 2018

Time.. wasted.. filling… public… records…. requests.

Oh boy. Time for a Hillsborough County School Board workshop on Florida's sunshine law.

Less than 48 hours after a public showdown with a citizen journalist who had tried to work anonymously, the board is  scheduled for a two-part training session in Florida's public records and open meeting laws.

And yes, it is open to the public.

Organized by board attorney Jim Porter, the session will open at 1 p.m.  with a presentation by Mary Helen Farris of the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office.

Immediate afterwards, the district's communications office, led by Grayson Kamm, will update the board on its systems and practices.

Requests for information have skyrocketed over the past year from community activists, social media sites including the Whistleblower and traditional media including the Tampa Bay Times.

The district is also implementing a strategic communications plan that emphasizes "earned media" that seeks to showcase the schools' good work.

Are the resources sufficient to promote the district while at the same time satisfying a growing appetite for information on demand?

Thursday's session seeks to shed light on that issue.

It will also give board members an opportunity to state where they stand on issues of transparency.

The workshop, which is expected to wrap up by 2:30 p.m., will take place at district headquarters, 901 E Kennedy Boulevard. No votes are taken at workshops and there usually is no public comment.