When the Sunshine Review, an independent agency that examines governmental transparency gave the website of LCSD #2 a D+ on it’s last report, Superintendent Jon Abrams said he was a little irritated and wanted to know just what needed to be done to rectify the situation.
“I was frustrated enough that I called the person in charge and said what do we need to do to fix this,” he said. She told us and we did it.”
The most recent assessment of the district website is a glowing A+ based on ten different categories. The Sunshine Report scrutinized the ten largest districts in the State of Wyoming. As the whole, the schools did not fare well, averaging a D+ themselves. The next highest grade on the report, a ‘B’ went to Laramie County School District #1. Click here to see the report.
Abrams details that while the information requested on the website was there, it wasn’t always easy to find.
“We made it easier to find,” he added. “The board minutes; the policies. It’s all there. More than anything, I want the public to know that we are about transparency. Sometimes there is the perception that we operate in dark smoke filled rooms and that just isn’t the case. We appreciate this agency for sitting down with us to see what we can do to be more transparent. We could have accepted it, but we didn’t want that D +”.
The review examines all governmental agencies, not just school districts. Abrams hopes those involved with the district will continue to feel like they can approach them with suggestions and improvements.
“I want to encourage patrons to make contact when they have questions,” he replied. “They can start at the classroom level or the district level. There may be times when we don’t agree, but they have the right to be informed and we want to be transparent and we intend to do that.”