Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Westsiders are misguided

Westsiders want their own school board districts. It makes perfect sense. They feel under-represented.

Their misconception is that westsiders will be better represented by more west side districts. They are not represented by lines; they are represented by people. It is school board members that are failing them, not school board district boundaries.

Consider a parallel example;
the larger schools get, the less represented each student feels. Conversely, as schools get smaller, individual representation grows. Continue to the extreme; one school, one principal and one student.

Suppose that principal, for whatever reason, is unwilling to engage in two way communication. How is that student better represented by being part of a smaller school?

All seven school board districts could be on the west side, and if board members are unwilling to respond candidly, forthrightly and honestly to legitimate questions about the public interests and their public service, how would westsiders have benefited from districts of their own?

The willingness of school board members to engage in open and honest two-way communication with interest holders is the overriding consideration. Their (un)willingness transcends every other consideration.

If the school board won't point to the time, the day and the place where they will engage in open and honest two-way communication with the community members they serve, then
"the community members they serve" have no choice
but to pick a time, a day and a place of their own.

I would suggest, as always, the public forum at a school board meeting.

There is one such, tomorrow; 5 pm

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