Let's set the record straight: the board hired the person who has attempted to redefine our community schools. Their choice has succeeded in closing an elementary building and renaming the existing elementary school without consulting the community (despite teacher recommendation that the students and community be involved in naming their own community school). Their choice has pushed most of the community teachers out (who are now teaching for other communities around us). This person has committed MILLIONS of dollars to a school project not truly supported by the community as a whole (and it shows--look at enrollment), she has deceived both Indiana legislators AND community members regarding our graduation rates, she has closed public access to tax funded areas (track is closed, tennis courts are closed, play grounds are closed), she railroaded elementary teachers into a program not funded by state or federal funds but promising bonuses for student performance and requiring mountains of meetings and extra work (to cover that gap, she has spread other monies--thinly--to offer minimal 'bonuses' without any real window of longevity). The corporation, under her leadership, endured years of not only her blaming others for failures, but ultimately throwing them under the bus so as to not be held responsible for problems directly related to her demands or dictates (Custodial, maintenance, transportation, teaching, co-op issues regarding special ed, case-Conference reviews). She has created, perhaps, the single-highest turnover rate for teachers and faculty in a single school in the entire state. And through all this, the board implicitly accepted her explanations as gospel, law, RULE.
Our "COMMUNITY" school has slowly become HER PUPPET. And it is time to take back our school. Elect board members who are running on change, not experience. If someone is running unchallenged, then let your voice be heard. Speak at meetings. YOUR TAXES PAY FOR THEIR STIPEND (they don't get a salary but can be offered benefits--health, dental, vision, etc, though they have voted to NOT take those benefits for many years--and they are given a stipend plus any travel expenses incurred for the exercise of their duties (trainings or conferences for example).
Like ANY elected public official, they are responsible to us, the voters, the constituents, the public, the community. And starting with their former choice for superintendent, I say FAREWELL. Let's move forward with hope. For, it is true, "'once burned', twice shy." Let's not settle this time.
Edited by Once burned, 30 October 2016 - 12:24 PM.