Groton schools chief restricts media access

Groton Public Schools website.
Groton Public Schools website.

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A Groton school board member has criticized Superintendent Michael Graner’s request that board members not speak to the media.

Graner sent a newsletter to school board members last week, saying he submitted the board’s proposed $75.1 million budget to Town Manager Mark Oefinger. He advised that all requests from news reporters be referred to School Board Chairwoman Rita Volkmann.

The Day of New London reports that school board member Shelley Gardner wrote to Graner that he should fight for freedom of speech, not suppress it.

Graner said he was relaying a decision the board made in Janurary.

Rosanne Kotowski, co-founder of a local political action committee, said she was disappointed by the request. She said she believes school board members will not be very candid with the media or public.

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Information from: The Day
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