Greeson: Hamilton County school leaders' transparency is welcomed, but more details needed from Ooltewah

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff photo by Maura Friedman)
photo Jay Greeson

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to release the findings of an independent investigation in the Ooltewah High School boys' basketball program for the hazing-turned-rape incident last December.

That's a great thing, because as we aim to fix the mess we have with the Hamilton County Department of Education, the board and the interim leadership should strive for something that has been missing for years: transparency. There is a clear divide between the public and the school district's leadership, a divide that has widened because both the school board and administration seem far more interested in protecting their own backsides than in confronting problems - whether those problems are lack of communication, poor schools, teacher and student performance or aging facilities.