I served on the board from 2000 to 2003. During that time I had grandiose ideas that I was elected as a trustee of the taxpayers. I was a voice against just voting for a issue that spent the taxpayers money, without thorough discussion and facts. I requested many open records and I asked many many questions. And all I got in return was the reputation as a troublemaker. I thought our administrators salaries were out of whack with what we paid our teachers and voiced my concerns and again I was a troublemaker. I even at one time had the gall to question the number of coaches we had versus teachers instead of this coach/teacher position that is so popular and again a troublemaker was I. I was dumb enough to run for re-election and lost by about 100 votes. My long drawn out point is when you start stirring up questions about GRISD you will be crucified take my word for it. Oh and by the way I was a native Glen Rosian with deep deep roots in the community and still to this day there are people who hate what I represented on the board. My hat is off to you though and what the Salon does and I wish you GOOD LUCK.
Kudos to you. Whether people liked it or not that you followed Open Government rules, you did the right thing. I'm curious about the coach/teacher position versus coaches and teachers. What do you mean, exactly? We are with you, here, that we believe that public institutions such as schools are accountable to citizens and prefer those who would ask questions instead of being rubber stamps.
Thank you, yes I felt I was trying to do the right thing........however there are many that ONLY want the right thing done IF it doesn't get close to them, just saying. As to the teacher/coach position. What I meant was, that to me it seemed whenever we had a position to fill, say for example: a English teacher, it always seemed that applications that were presented to the board were for hiring a English teacher/coach position instead of JUST a English teacher. Now don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with Teacher/Coach positions within reason but it just seemed to me at least, that the ratio was too high. I remember once I asked the question: Is the primary function of the school to educate and prepare for future? or is the function to focus on sports? Boy did that make some folks mad.
By the way if you are in the mood to do a little investigative work. Ask around and ask people what they thought of Brad Mansfield and Jackie Sly when they both were on the school board....... But be prepared you may get your ears burnt. Should be interesting.
Oh, i see what you mean about the teacher/coach. Seems like, given the results of the recent election that passed that stadium, that sports is the big thing here.
Good for you for asking the questions. My feeling is, why bother to elect people to represent the public on the school board if the elected officials are only doing what the superintendent, who is an employee, suggests? Not saying that the supe is wrong or doesn't make good decisions, but the point of having a board is to oversee, question, and be sure that the taxpayer money is being spent wisely.
I no longer live in GR so I don't know the make up of the current board, but TOO OFTEN folks want to run and be on the board who just want to be in a high profile in the community and they just want to be liked and popular. So therefore to remain popular YOU NEVER EVER ROCK THE BOAT. Like I said I don't know the make-up of the current board but I ALWAYS had a problem with board members who had spouses that were employees of the district. I also would like to mention that what caught my eye originally on this site was the superintendent sitting on the dais with the board. I never liked it nor did I think it was appropriate. He serves at the pleasure of the board after all and I brought that up. But once again I was just making trouble and I had that "Team of Eight garbage thrown in my face" All in all looking back not being re-elected was the best thing that ever happened to me. I hate to sound pessimistic and I encourage you to continue the cause for open government but its sad that in the 10 yrs that has elapsed since I was on the board it seems like things really haven't changed much and it probably never will.
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