Let us examine your premise, this board that has been in session for the past year and a half opens the way to expanding opportunities for our children that have existed for over 20 years.<quoted text>
Yes, now the question is with their "student/children first" why didn't the current BOE come up with the dual credit option in the past?. They certainly found other classes (controversial issues, etc.). Why no blame thorwn the BOE's way? I guess they are untouchable.
My guess is no conservatives were pushing the dual credit option, so it was never on the current BOE's radar.
The first year and a half was spent overcoming any progress for our children because of intransigence from the union, the high school principal, and the previous administrators.
Once the previous school superintendent was replaced, other previously thought "invaluable" administrators followed, allowing this board to put into place people who have a vision of tomorrow, not yesterday.
Why are we able to move forward for our children now?
Todd Petrey Superintendent instead of Gene Lolli, nice man but in over his head in that position, he also lacked the necessary leadership skills and will to get the job done.
Tammy Stritenberger Curriculum Director instead of Sandra Warner who was headed for retirement and seeming disinterested in pursuing anything. I was at a Budget and Finance Committe meeting in January of 2012 when Mr. Petroni asked what they were doing to prepare for the coming Common Core standard? Ms. Warner, Mr. Lolli, and Mr. Long all replied that they were waiting for the final bill from the state before doing anything and were therefore doing nothing at this time.
Lee Vincent instead of George Long in Human Relations, competency and knowledge vs incompetency and pretend knowledge. If Mr. Long did not know the answer he still stated one with force and authority. As I listened and learned more I soon discovered most of the time he was just making stuff up and hoping no one else knew enough to challenge him. He soon discovered that tactic no longer worked. Another wonderfully nice man you would enjoy having a beer with, but out of his league and core competencies in that arena.
Jeff Madden who took over as business manager for George Long and began to run it like it was supposed to be run rather than as a place to make friends with other people's money. As Jeff will tell you, he learned more about education and finances at the Petroni/Rigano Institute in a year than most learn in a career about the subject.
Put the right people in place and you will see good things happen.
Unleash the creative genius in people and see what boils to the top.
Not every idea will be gold, but a transparent process of vetting them will destroy the not so good
and reward the great.
Say what you will about this board, but the did their business in front of audiences, not behind closed doors.
They took their lumps in public, while not all were deserved, some were well deserved, and they took them and learned.
And it has worked out pretty well.
Continue the path to the future
Vote Bitner, Vaughn, Anderson