The details on how students will benefit by replacing media specialists with staff assistants is cloudy. Media specialists often have a master's degree. A staff assistant works with the classroom teacher and a small group of students. Both the media specialist and the staff assistant can and do affect the individual student.
But the media specialist has the knowledge gained through additional education. This becomes a Catch-22, because to be a media specialist requires more education; more education means more salary; therefore lower the standards which longer requires specialist knowledge.
When did the Ogden School Board make the decision to abolish all media specialists? I checked the agendas of the 2013 work and study sessions plus regular meetings. The firing may be hidden in the consent calendar with no opportunity for open public discussion.
Elected public officials do need to hold meetings where other opinions can be expressed.
Yes, it is more effective to come to a common stand in the work and study sessions. Public comment seems to be lost on the Ogden School District elected board by the practice of having hidden agendas as documented in the 2013 published agendas which are subject to change.
Ogden School District does have a citizens guide to board of education meetings. The published agendas were general with no specific indicator that abolishing the media specialist positions was being considered.