… or that.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been called an “equalizer” but it’s not. Depending on one’s circumstances, it is affecting many segments of our society in different ways.
The pregnant mother sees the virus differently than the mother of three.
The shoppers for Instacart see the virus differently than the people who are receiving the groceries.
The elderly see the virus differently than the young.
And those in the N-MUSD administration see the virus differently than teachers, parents, and students.
Though the analogy is far from perfect, it recently occurred to me that while we all see the N-MUSD administration and the trustees, they mean different things to different people.
There are people in the Ensign neighborhood who are justifiably upset about the handling of the school’s safety upgrades. Many of them do not have kids in the schools and did not have much of an opinion of the district administration and the board majority until the Ensign Fence Mess. That’s OK. As Paul Henreid said to Humphrey Bogart near the end of Casablanca, “Welcome to the fight.”
There are parents who are upset about their child’s distance learning progress, or lack thereof. Many of them want answers to questions about how the grades and test scores are going to affect their child’s college entry prospects but there is no notice on the district website, not even an entry such as “We’re working on it.”
There are teachers who are upset with the district about the lack of preparation to help them get over the distance learning curve. Valuable time was wasted.
Those groups, and others, all have issues to be resolved. The distance learning challenges will be resolved on their own – or at least until the next catastrophe – on June 19, which is the last day of school. Until then, the administration folks on Bear St. are holding their collective breaths just trying to make it to the finish line.
They’re also hoping that the summer break will erase the public’s memory of the worst debacle in the history of the district. And it just may. History has shown us that interest in problems drops dramatically once the summer finish line has been reached.
For the residents around Ensign, it’s a matter of having their concerns heard and having them taken seriously.
All of these, and more, are good causes – things that need to be pursued. More important, however, we must ensure that these mistakes do not happen again.
I have no faith that the current board majority will do much of anything to make the changes need to improve accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility, which are the three “super issues” that most need addressing.
I’ve seen this cavalier attitude toward the public’s right to know for far too long. Too many huge mistakes have been made in too short a time to believe that anything is going to change anytime soon. If you need support for this, go to the top of this page and search for “The List.” It hasn’t been updated in awhile, but that won’t be necessary – you’ll understand how bad the situation is and has been without the addition of distance learning inefficiencies, the Ensign Fence Mess, and more.
The point today is that while you may have a particular issue justifiably near and dear to you, others have their issues, too, and different perspectives. The easy, short-term thing to do is get your issue resolved and move on, but that will not serve the root problem, which is that we need new leadership at the highest levels of the district. Unfortunately, that ain’t gonna happen with the current board majority, which includes two trustees who were elected in the 90’s.
… You have a choice. You can watch your issue get resolved – or not – or you can work to ensure that changes are made so that the chance of these issues happening again and again are greatly reduced.
That is done by voting out the three incumbents – or their surrogates – running for office and voting in three people who will help improve the levels of accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
To that end, I am pleased to announce the candidacy of Dr. Leah Ersoylu, who is a contender for the school board seat in Area 1.
I have met with Dr. Ersoylu (she’d probably prefer just “Leah,” but I want you to know that she has a Ph.D.) on multiple occasions and am confident that she is the type of trustee you need on the school board to help right the many years of wrongs.
Ersoylu has an impressive resume of education and community involvement. She is a small business owner and has a unique perspective on the challenges facing parents in the area because she has a child in school in the district.
I’ve already donated to her campaign and I will be canvassing neighborhoods once the governor says it’s safe to do so.
It is important to support Dr. Ersoylu even if you don’t live in Area 1 and can’t vote for her. When you do, you will help end the administrative paralysis that has prevented progress in the learning community and help restore our once-proud district to its rightful place at or near the top of all of the districts in the county.
Please support Dr. Leah Ersoylu. The URL for her website is: