One big mess
Well, “The Gang of Three” has their wish: to continue to place the witch hunt above the real, more pressing issues of the district – that of the education of our students. You three must be proud.
Now I ask you and the rest of the board the following:
A. How much will this 360 survey cost? And where is the money coming from? In all of the press, no one is talking about that! This expense better not come out of the mill levy money! If the company that Aspen Skiing Co. has used in the past is chosen for the survey, more foul play! It would be like having the fox guard the hen house.
B. So with this “360 Survey,” how is staff to include teachers, morale being kept up and attention to the work at hand being taken care of? Teachers have been quoted that there is this “pending doom” that hangs over their heads … and their work. Once again, the students suffer.
Again, I am not saying that the current administration is not without problems. No school district is perfect. But how arrogant of the board to make this issue the top priority when district finances and basic education is not even being discussed, all within week of their election! Finances and continuation of programs should take precedence over all things! The governor wants to cut over $1.5 million from the K-12 budget this next year. What are the board’s plans for making sure that does not happen, and if it happens, what is the plan? And what is the board doing about keeping up the momentum in the classroom?
Both the board and administration have huge PR issues, and they had better be addressed before more private schools are opened in the district. (As an aside, our communities cannot continue to support all of the community, private and public schools. This is a luxury that needs to be addressed.)
And lastly, to the people that think that this review/survey is “mandated” by the election of the three new board members: What are you thinking? Certainly not of the big picture! No one has addressed your “mandated board member” recommendation that parents send their kids to Aspen because it was a better district.
Are you lemmings? Finances and education. Not personal and personnel agendas!
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