Opinions on the District 34 School Board
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#1 Mar 16, 2009
I have been hearing quite a bit about the school board lately, much of it negative. The latest is the plan to oust the current principal at AES.
I'm wondering if anyone frequenting this board might have an opinion on the topic? Please try to be respectful and avoid the standard political agendas and gossip. I'm looking for honest opinions from parents in the district. What do you think of the current board? Current principal? The education that your lower-grade students are receiving?
#2 Mar 18, 2009
I have been attending board meeting to learn more about the members and candidates in the upcoming election. I've also talked to many other parents and district employees. It appears clear that there is a group of board members/candidates who back every recommendation of the superintendent (Thompson) without considering all sides of the issues. Four of these people are running together on a slate (Bluthardt, Neumann, Miller, Rapp). I am very concerned that if elected as a slate, they will have a voting majority block (4) that will have absolute control over the board. I want a board comprised of members who will evaluate all issues based on merit - not based solely on the superintendent's views. He has proven himself to be unethical and uncaring in many situations. I think the principal at AES is wonderful. The reasons that Thompson gives for removing her tend to vary on his "audience." He tells her one reason and the board members another. I heard that there's a school board candidate forum on Monday 3/23 at the Upper Grade School. I'm going to attend to hear what the candidates say.
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