Since we’ve already covered the No voters position in an earlier post, today’s Daily Times shares the views of one Yes voter. I wonder if all the other Yes voters share his views.
AJ: …the board had plenty of chances to voice its opinions and that modifications were made along the way.
I haven’t read the document, but Mr. Recovery pretty much told all of us what he was going to put in the recovery plan the moment he showed up. I haven’t noticed any modifications as he seemed to stick to his original script.
A.J.: …some modifications, including the request for a five-year timetable, were suggested too late in the process.
Wasn’t Mr. Recovery late delivering his plan? How many extensions was he granted? If Mr. Recovery was late, how late were the suggestions? Was this suggestion presented with the modifications approved from the previous statement?
A.J.: Republicans should have had better attendance at both community meetings and weekly board sessions hosted by Watkins.
I hope that community meetings and weekly board sessions were not the only opportunity the board had with Mr. Recovery. If at least a few board members were in attendance at these sessions and a secretary on hand to take minutes, couldn’ t the ones in attendance fill in the ones not in attendance? They could have borrowed one of my video cameras to view the meeting later if the school district doesn’t have one.
A.J.: Johnson said he never heard the community request the board step aside in favor of a receiver.
And the community believed the board could work with Mr. Recovery if they went with his plan. That doesn’t seem to be the case according to the No voters.
A.J.: I wasn’t 100 percent with the plan, but the community was fine with the plan.
What proposal of yours did Mr. Recovery reject?
A.J.: Republicans voted against the plan because the Democrats are likely to gain control of the board following the 2013 municipal election.
This statement is exactly why no one takes the school board seriously. Instead of trying to deflect politics in lieu of putting up an appearance as working together as a unified body to give the students the best possible educational opportunity, you publicly make a meaningless statement that only incites those of us who care. Hell, the way things are going, there won’t be an elected school board in the next few years anyway.
A.J.: …they’re crying over sour milk…“They voted no. They have to live with that. They just sold their community and their children out.”
I don’t hear anyone crying. I see the No voters preparing to stage a legal battle. Are you going to join them or will you sit on the sidelines and watch? What’s your plan or are you packing your bags and going home? At this point in the process, that’s the sell out move.
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