Just before each meeting of the school board club – with an emphasis on “just” – the district issues a “Board Meeting Brief” which describes a few agenda items that may be of interest to the public.

Unfortunately, the Briefs serve only to underscore the disconnection between the district and the community because these public relations memos often fail to include important subjects, a failing I’ve pointed out in past posts.

Tonight, the club members will take another turn at term limits – a hot topic that has been kicked down the street for too long.

I support term limits, not just for the N-MUSD, but for all elected officials. I support it in the private sector, too. As a manager in the corporate world, I did not want anyone working for more than five years. From my experience, that was the tipping point for complacency, which is one of the worst things that can happen to any organization.

Five years is too short a time for most elected officials. But if the N-MUSD has its way, they’ll support 16 years, which is too long. A reasonable number is twelve. That’s the number that current president Karen Yelsey indicated was sufficient when she ran her first campaign almost 12 years ago.

Unfortunately, you won’t find any mention of the term limits agenda item on the Board Meeting Brief because… There is no Board Meeting Brief. As of this morning at 10 a.m., it has not been posted to the district’s website.

The absence of the Brief could be because the term limits item is too big to avoid and the district probably doesn’t want to include it on the Brief so they just don’t issue one. Or, it could be some technical glitch.

Or it could be due to complacency.

For those new to this blog, it is worth repeating the motive behind the growing support for term limits. The board can vote for 12 years or 16 or even 20. It won’t matter because they continue to fail to understand the key issue, which is that more people would not be clamoring for term limits if the district were being run properly.

But it’s not. Between the failure of the elementary math program (and the unfortunate students who had to learn math that way), the skyrocketing legal bills, the poor employee morale, and so much more, people have had enough.

So, you see, the school board club members could have avoided this entire discussion simply by doing more of what they were elected to do. Instead, they trusted people who made bad decisions and then rubber-stamped their approval of just about everything that was presented to them.

And what did the district do in response to the current messes? They assembled a time capsule, developed a 50-year celebration, and commissioned a new logo.

If they district had paid as much attention to the outgoing math program as they have to being around for 50 years, we would not be discussing term limits.

But they got complacent.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD

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