A recent e-mail from one of the district’s legal teams (yes, there is more than one) to a local taxpayer provided some clarification on the process to hold meetings – sorry, public hearings – to decide new trustee area boundaries. The e-mail contained this passage:
“Additionally, the Superintendent did not encourage the Board members to attend the first two meetings to allow the public the freedom to speak and ask questions without offending any of the Board.“
Yes, that is correct…”…without offending any of the board.” Oh, and the lawyer got it dead-on accurate with the phrase, “…allow the public the freedom to speak and ask questions.”
Unfortunately, the public did not get that opportunity at ANY of the meetings, not just the first two.
This is not the lawyer’s fault – he is only reporting the facts. But to think that the superintendent did not encourage them to attend meetings on this monumental issue because they might get their feelings hurt…
It makes sense that the super would say that. This year, we have had two board members who wasted valuable time muttering lengthy speeches about how much they are not appreciated, how they do all this work for so little compensation, and how dare some people criticize them when those people are not running for office.
My dad once fired the nephew of the owner of the large company for which he worked. He didn’t ask the boss, he just did it. Years later, I asked my dad where he found the courage to do that. He told me that he was in a leadership position and said – I can still hear him saying it – “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”