Many readers said here and in e-mails to me that they had watched their computer clock and hit "send" precisely at 8:00 am. They were sending e-mails to the Board office to sign up for the Board meeting speakers list and they could not send them sooner than 8:00 am.
Problem was, people were getting e-mails back that they sent their e-mails about 45 seconds too early and therefore, were invalidated. Many people challenged the district and here's what came of that:
The district will be accepting time stamps after 7:59:12, since their system was .48 minutes late:
am writing to provide an update to the situation regarding your request
to provide testimony at Wednesday’s Board meeting. Staff within our
Technology Services department confirmed that in comparison to official
time source on the internet, such as www.time.gov, the district time
system is about 48 seconds slower. Because of this, we will be honoring
those requests that show receipt in our system at or after 7:59:12 as
having been received at 8:00 am, and therefore at the appropriate time
to be included in our testimony requests, in the order they were
I appreciate your understanding as we worked to
resolve this issue, and hope you can accept our apologies for any
confusion this might have caused.
Of course, that will make it interesting to figure out who came when via phone AND e-mail. In any case, I believe that the speakers list will be so long that they will expand it to 25, instead of 20, speakers.
We won't know until Tuesday afternoon who made the list.