Groton schools chief restricts media access

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GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A Groton school board member has criticized Superintendent Michael Graner's request that board members not speak to the media.

Graner sent a newsletter to school board members last week, saying he submitted the board's proposed $75.1 million budget to Town Manager Mark Oefinger. He advised that all requests from news reporters be referred to School Board Chairwoman Rita Volkmann.

The Day of New London reports ( ) that school board member Shelley Gardner wrote to Graner that he should fight for freedom of speech, not suppress it.

Graner said he was relaying a decision the board made in Janurary.

Rosanne Kotowski, co-founder of a local political action committee, said she was disappointed by the request. She said she believes school board members will not be very candid with the media or public.


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