Ladies and Gentlemen,
It finally comes out from Mike Ritz. Expansion of the board is not about what is best for children or what is the right number based upon research. His only reason for wanting to expand the board is that he implies that expansion will make deals on buildings more unfavorable.
The 7 seated board members appropriately reflect the entire community. We were elected by all race and class.
However, I can also say that when you have lost several battles in a row (like the county commission has) and you cannot win on good public policy then go to the courts, spend taxpayer money and hope you get lucky. That while the school board is firing hundreds of teachers while you continue to sue your own taxpayers. Then ultimately ,you get what you deserve.
While I understand Camp field's point of view, I don't think this is the right way to do it. The legislature can control laws regarding schools and teachers and how we measure and reward them, but is there a real way to force a person to care about their child? I don't think we can legislate that.
You speak as though Mike Ritz is authoritative and an expert at the internal dynamics of the board. You also make the assertion that it is time for the board to make tough decisions. Did you know that the SCS administration makes most of the merger operational decisions for the district and the board hires the superintendent(we already have a superintendent), approves the budget(slated to be completed like always in May), and approves policy(always ongoing due to changes in state law)? Would you be surprised to know that most of the merger work is done except for approving a few contracts and whether or not John Aitken will remain as superintendent. We know whee kids will go to school. We know what programs will be offered. We are in the middle of transfers. Not all TPC recommendations will be adopted this year. And if they are adopted, most are placed in policies. Custodians have been agreed to outsource. We ar awaiting some new bids to lower the cost. We are awaiting final RFP's on busses.
I believe that this mass hysteria about lack of progress is more about the fact that media spend more time opining based on politics that making investigative fact based assertions. And Mike Ritz is one of those people.
By Hannah Sayle, Chris Herrington, Chris Shaw, Louis Goggans, Greg Akers, Bruce VanWyngarden, Jackson Baker and John Branston
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