Wednesday, February 16, 2011

School board should provide information

The fact that the school board deferred hiring a communications director is a step in the right direction. I publicly wish to ask that the board let the patrons know of any follow-up for any meetings they may have regarding this hiring or inform the public if they see fit to not hire this position.

The board's job is to listen to the recommendations of the superintendent, research the funding and then make a decision in the best interests of the children. Unlike one speaker, I believe that the board is not and should not be privy in getting information—it is all public information. We are a valley of inquisitive knowledge seekers, and when the information is there, we will find it and read it. This position is the tipping point in a valley that has put up with an attitude implying that we do not know what we are talking about. I beg to differ; I think that instead of just blindly accepting what the superintendent recommends, we hope for board members to question and research everything on their own.

Public money funding our public schools should require public scrutiny and allow public input. The board should always reflect by asking the big question, "Will this enhance the children's education?" I believe the Dual Immersion and IB coordinators will.

Sheri Thomas


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