This weekend, millions if not billions of dollars were spent, by those who would trust the “experts”, in preparing for a horrific hurricane. People boarded up, packed up, and bought up, their homes, belongings, and survival gear to prepare for what the experts said was going to be a monster of a storm.
Yes, better safe than sorry however, you don’t wait for “experts” to tell you to prepare for something that has been happening since the dawn of time; you should already be prepared. Effective and efficient plans should be in place before the reoccurring threat returns. This type of expertise comes from those who have lived through a storm, not those who simply watch storms.
At the monthly business meeting community members came before the Board, petitions in hand, to stop the $24 million dollar reconfiguration and renovation of School #28. The speakers provided relevant information as to the detrimental effects of the expansion plans on students and the neighborhood. Community members asked the Board to gather information from current “grow out” schools on how the plan is working before moving ahead.
Other community members spoke to the Board’s decision to hire a search firm to find the next superintendent. Speakers reminded Board members that the district is in a budget crunch and spending $100,000 to find a superintendent would be better used to save teaching positions. As well, the firms being considered were Broad Institute connected and would most likely produce candidates of the same conscience as our previous superintendent.
Community concerns and suggestions fell on deaf ears!
It’s time we stopped reacting to proposed legislation and policies and begin to proactively set successful solutions in place that address the needs of our children and our community. It’s time we elected leaders who understand the educational problems we face in our district instead of relying on “experts” who simply interpret data from across the nation, leaders who proactively seek the community voice in decision making instead of reacting to the threat of revenue loss from federal and state agencies.
It’s time for change!
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