News Tribune for School Board candidates
Do you support an excess
operating levy referendum to pay for educational programs? If so, for what
school districts have excess levies. I passed out 20,000 flyers in 2001
supporting one for
. It failed. I donít think
voters will pass an excess levy until the School Board acts responsibly. I
wonít support one until the School Board closes a high school. (obviously
I've changed my mind)
The district has cut
teaching staff, administrative staff, programs and course offerings in
recent years to save money. What would you cut to plug the 5.4 million
shortfall for the 2004-05 school year?
I would sell Old Central.
This will save several hundred thousand dollars annually. I would close a
high school and turn
into an elementary school. Because this wasnít done two years ago we have
no choice but to offer fewer courses, increase class sizes, and lay off more
Are you willing to close
high schools to cut spending? If so, how many elementary schools are you
willing to close?
I will vote to close a high
school. I would close as few elementary schools as possible but at the very
least I would close
When would you like to
see the board agree on a long range plan, and how will you build a consensus
among board members to meet that goal?
The School Board, like all
elected bodies, makes decisions by majority vote not by consensus building.
It has taken us so long to make a decision because we have spent so much
time trying to find a consensus where none has existed. Voters should vote
for candidates who donít waffle.
Give an example of how
you led an organization or group of people to a positive consensus on a
Instead of insisting on
closing a high school I waited for a majority of the School Board to make a
different decision. Had they made a different decision I would have voted
against it but I would have accepted it. Consensus doesnít turn a bad
decision into a good one.