Saturday, August 1, 2009

Whalen's Making It Up As He Goes Along

There's a great line in the old Back to the Future movie, when Marty asks the Doc about whether they will be able to navigate the famous DeLorean in the future. Doc Brown responds, "Roads? Where we're going we don't need any roads."

That line perfectly frames the state of the school board when president John Whalen unabashedly bashed board policy --not to mention basic fair play and common sense-- in making his citizen representative committee appointments this past Monday.

Whalen made it clear that the mantra of this board has become: Rules? Where we're going, we don't need rules."

This is not about the appointees. It is about basic policy, fairness, and a respectful way in which to conduct business as elected representatives of the community.

Not that it matters, since Whalen just tossed policy under the bus, but Board POLICY ABA - COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DECISION-MAKING, says the following:

1. The School Board believes that the schools belong to the community and that the Board was created to serve the community and the children in the community.
Therefore, the Board shall exert all reasonable efforts to identify the desires
of the community and to be responsive, through its actions, to those desires.
Board members shall remain mindful that they are elected to represent the citizens of the district.