Sunday, December 21, 2008

If I were asked the same three questions

that posed over on the eye on aps link

If were running for the board again and I were asked;

1. What would I do about the budget?

I would have an annual audit of the administration of the public trust and treasure. Impartial auditors would assure taxpayers on an annual basis that their tax dollars were not being wasted by corruption or incompetence. There would be absolute transparency in the spending of public resources, and in the use of the public's power.
2. What would I do with respect to employing a superintendent?
The superintendents contract would depend on the annual audits. If the audits are clean, s/he has been a good chief administrative officer. If the audits reveal waste from corruption or incompetence, then the superintendent will be looking for a new job.
3. What would I do with respect to policy making?
  • I would begin by ensuring that any stakeholder who wants to participate in the decision making process, has a seat at the table where decisions are made.
  • Decisions will be made collaboratively.
  • There will be absolute transparency. The truth will be told to stakeholders. Legitimate questions will be answered candidly, forthrightly and honestly.
  • Everyone in the district, from the least powerful to the most, will find themselves accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence.
  • There will be agreed upon standards of conduct and competence.
  • Those standards will be enforceable by an impartial system that is powerful enough to hold even the most powerful, accountable even against their will.
  • Every adult in the district will find themselves honestly accountable as role models of the student standard of conduct.
  • There will be an emphasis placed on the development of good character in the hearts and minds of 87,000 of this communities sons and daughters.
  • There will be leadership by personal example.

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