Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Anyone want to guess what the main topic of this meeting will be?

I supposed this was inevitable given yesterday's arrest of County Supervisor Don Stapley.

What had been scheduled as a quiet week (i.e. - no meetings) for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors now has a special meeting and executive session planned for tomorrow, Wednesday September 23 at 10 a.m.

Now, the special meeting has one item on the agenda - an application for a permit for a fireworks display in Queen Creek.

The executive session agenda doesn't specify a subject, but for some reason I expect that the latest development in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's holy war against the supes will at least rate a mention.

...In other "county level officials under investigation" news, the Arizona Republic has a story of how the organization that accredits colleges is investigating the Governing Board of the Maricopa Community College District for micromanagement.

That didn't sound too serious to me, but it turns out that would violate the rules governing maintenance of accreditation.

From the story -
[College Chancellor] Glasper will then prepare a report on whether the district is violating parts of the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation policy. The commission could dismiss the complaint or recommend sanctions against Maricopa, which serves about 250,000 students at 10 colleges and two skill centers.

Ultimately, Maricopa Community Colleges could be placed on notice or on probation, or could lose accreditation.
Specifically, the violations could be rooted in the fact the governing board, any governing board in fact, is supposed to set policy while the College staff oversees day-to-day operations.

The investigating team will be part of a public meeting with the Board at 4:30 today, and will attend the regular Board meeting at 6:30 tonight.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend those two meetings - tonight is the night that the Scottsdale City Council may fire yet another City Manager. The MCCCD Governing Board meeting has a high potential for being a boring set piece whose outcome is predetermined; the City Council meeting is probably going to be a train wreck.

As morbid as this sounds, train wrecks are far more interesting to write about than set pieces.

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