UNION COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 WJZY) - Union Day Charter School has now changed its public comment policy for board meetings following a series of FOX 46 Charlotte stories.
"Parents will now be allowed to discuss any subject relevant to school matters during the public comment portion of the agenda," board Chairperson Erin Kirkpatrick told FOX 46 in an email.
This comes less than two weeks after several parents were escorted out of the school board's public meeting by Union County Sheriff's Deputies after attempting to speak about items that were not listed on the meeting agenda.
Many parents wanted to voice their frustrations with the school. Some feel the students, many who are special needs, are not getting a proper education. Others wanted to voice concerns about school safety.
Chairperson Kirkpatrick called the Union County Sheriff's Office when parents began to speak about these concerns.
During that meeting, parents were also told that they were not allowed to record video and audio of the meeting with their cell phones. That rule was also posted to the school's website.
FOX 46 informed the school that prohibiting recordings of open meetings is illegal, in violation of North Carolina's open meetings laws. Shortly afterwards, the school removed that policy from their website.
Kirkpatrick declined FOX 46's request for an on-camera interview.
Union Day has a special-called board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and its regularly held meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.