BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - A committee charged with recommending which two schools to close in Bloomfield Hills has opted to release the names of its own members, The Detroit Free Press reported.

The district originally declined to identify the parent members of the Facilities Master Planning Team, but the members chose to release their own names at a public meeting Oct. 13. More than 200 people attended the informational meeting, the Free Press reported.

The Free Press had submitted a legal request under the state Freedom of Information Act seeking the names of the planning team members and other information.

"We are now in a process of information-sharing with the community and we are happy to let our identities be known," said Jeffrey Wagner, a parent serving on the committee, according to the Free Press. Wagner said that the members decided to withhold their identities for a period of time while they got to know each other.

SOURCE:
The Detroit Free Press, "Bloomfield Hills school closing panel opts to go public," Oct. 14, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Digest, "School-closing committee not open to public," Oct. 8, 2008

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