If you were taking a survey and were asked to respond to the question;
Should the next Supt set a good example?the most of you would say yes.
It's a poorly worded survey question because a lot of respondents would immediately question;
- set a good example of "what"? and
- set a good example for "whom" and
- set a good example or suffer what consequences?
It is precisely because those questions have not been asked and will not be answered, that this process is fraudulent. Stake and interest holders have no idea what is really on the table.
On the issue of adult role modeling;
Does the board expect the next Supt to set a good example of actual, honest accountability to same standards of conduct s/he will establish and enforce upon students?or do will they all continue to expect students to hold themselves accountable to higher standards of conduct than apply to school board members and administrators?
Does the board expect the next Supt to set a good example of honest, actual accountability even to the law?or will they all continue to spend operational dollars without limit and without oversight on cost is no object litigation and legal weaselry in order to escape the consequences of their own incompetence and or corruption?
If the next Supt's answers to both of those questions is not an emphatic yes, without reservation, without qualification, we cannot expect the next Supt to serve in the best interests of nearly ninety thousand of this community's sons and daughters. Or in anyone else's but their own.
As important as the questions are, they have not and will not be asked. Nor will there be an opportunity to ask them before the decision is made.
Public forums are promised, link. The opportunity to "ask questions" is promised. But they aren't promising the opportunity to actually stand up at a microphone and ask a question; someone might ask an "inconvenient" though otherwise absolutely legitimate question.
What they really intend for stake and interest holders is an opportunity to write their questions on 3X5 cards. Then their question will be conflated with other questions in order to create questions that are more "convenient" for school board members and candidates.
It is their want and practice, and hey,
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Bert Lance
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