Monday, May 23, 2022

Committee of the Whole needs real people, too

On April 26, 2022 the school board formed the Committee of the Whole on Safety & Security. And we all know what happened on April 28, after Teresa Holmes laughed while Lashonda McFadden was speaking.

The board had jumped into an illegal executive session to discuss organization of the Committee. That was not an allowed exception for a public body to meet in private. 

The Committee has met since.

When will the Committee begin adding parents, community members, teachers, staff, administrators AND students to beome valued members of the Committee?

How many years has the superintendent had to do something about safety & security? Maybe the superintendent shouldn't even be on the Committee. Just get out of the way.

How many years has the Board had to do something about safety & security?

With a lot of fanfare and publicity, the superintendent assembled the BeSMART Coalition in December 2021. Since then? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

Why should we think anything new will come up, with the same people running the show?

Let's get down to where the rubber meets the road. There is hard work to do. It's time for Tough Love for the miscreants in Richland 2 who think it's smart to tote a gun to school or fight or bully. 

In fact, the Board itself (and the Committee) could use some Tough Love. Stop the bullying. Stop the fighting. Act like the professionals you are supposed to be.