A number of other citizens also spoke from the podium. Members of the teachers’ union stood before the Board, wearing cardboard placards demanding “Truth, Integrity, Honesty” and “LAYOFFS and Classroom Cuts Are On YOUR Backs NOT ours.”
In fairness, the problems in the East can not be completely minimized. The Red Plan, though unquestionably more devastating on the western end of town, was to some degree an equal-opportunity train wreck.
The only thing I would add is: this potentially fatal wound to Denfeld High was pointed out to the ruling members of the Board TEN YEARS ago, during the genesis of the Red Plan, and they still blindly and bullheadedly insisted on hewning our town into two--one side of “haves,” one side of “have-nots.”
Member Loeffler-Kemp also condemned what she called “disparaging remarks about individuals,” prompting member Johnston to say: “Despairing remarks? This Board?” He pointed out that “despairing remarks” had consumed the Board for two years.
Never underestimate our Board or the complexity of contemporary society, however:
the discussion over “wellness” did create a bit of a food fight over what snacks kids
should be allowed to take to school to share with classmates
His biggest failure was not establishing a good working relationship with the full Board. Unwisely, he actually helped to inflict great damage onto the district by getting involved in an attempt to purge a voice from the Board
I almost hate to rain on his parade, but the chances of the DFL-endorsed Board majority members suspending policy to sell to Many Rivers Montessori appear about equivalent to Donald Trump naming Hillary Clinton as his Healthcare Tsar.
Someone whos been very interested in our bonding for the last ten years, a former banker, told me that I may not have fully understood what exactly has been going on here. Im beginning to fear we may be taking $85 million of debt and replacing it
It doesnt matter what kind of scheme number-hustlers come up with, the Board is the governing body. The Board is the responsible entity; nothing can proceed without the Board signing off. All responsibility for the fiasco called the Red Plan