Challenge taken; Flitcraft to run for school board
Articles and letters published in the Summit Daily News these past couple of weeks regarding a Summit School District bond and mill levy extension on the Nov. 2 ballot have created quite a stir, haven’t they?As well they should. We’re talking children, teachers, parents, administrators and taxpayers. This issue is pulling in three different but overlapping directions: management, money and academic content.The expensive searching and vetting process to hire a superintendent, only to discover after a few months that it was a “bad fit” stretches one’s confidence in the board’s management qualifications.Moreover, the “bad fit” seemed to have revolved around the superintendent’s plans to de-emphasize physical education in favor of more basic education like math, reading, writing and speaking English. Shouldn’t this have been discovered during the vetting process?Now the board wants $32.7 million to fund renovations, additions and upgrades at Frisco elementary, middle and high schools. It also wants a $4 million mill levy extension for three years to free up money in the general fund for educational programs. Other miscellaneous improvements are included in both issues.I won’t argue the necessity and desirability of these items. I’m sure they have merit, but I wish board members would regard other people’s money more like their own when seeking value. Instead, the board threatens that without passage of the mill levy, it estimates 27 teachers would lose their jobs. Whoa. What a trade off. How does disapproval translate to getting rid of the most important component of the entire education enterprise? What kind of management skill does this imply?We taxpayers are caught in a box. We want the best for our children, but we observe the way things are going in the district. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.I accept Marina Larson’s challenge, and will run for school board in the next election.
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