So, for the first time in many years, I did not manage to make the Speakers list for the Board meeting. And, I was 13th on the waitlist (no thanks). That says to me that many, many people wanted to speak tonight because it's not usually hard at all to get on the list.
I had planned to crunch in STEM, the BTA levy and the Transition Plan but the first two can wait.
This is a teachable moment for all you newer and younger parents. It's something that all the blogging in the world by Charlie or myself could never teach.
And that would be, this is how this district and the Board work. Check this out.
The district unveils a plan with - you guessed it - a very tight timeline that CANNOT be changed. The Board has no advance look at the work and so, when it is presented, is trying to read it, listen to a presentation and think of questions....all at once. (I know I said this before but it bears repeating.) Then, the staff takes the Board's queries and comments into consideration...for maybe 5 minutes. (Or maybe that's just what it looks like; I'd give Tracy Libros a lot more credit.) Then they come back with a slightly different plan (or a thousand reasons why they can't change what the Board wants changed and the Board accepts that with a shrug and a nod).
Now this slightly different plan may not contain anything that the Board suggested but it might have new things the staff wants. But yes, they want the Board to still vote on it that night. Parents and community may have no advance knowledge of it but that seems to matter little to either the Board or the staff.
I don't even have to make a prediction about the Transition Plan. I KNOW the Board will vote it in tonight. I would love, love, love to have egg on my face tomorrow about that statement but I won't. Because NO Board ever, ever stands up for promises made to parents. NO Board says, in unison to staff, "Wait a minute, there's new planning in here that we have not acknowledged or shown to parents and community. This plan will have to wait." They won't.
When I was grappling with the BTA levy and how to explain myself, my brilliant husband of 26 years (now I know why I married him) said, "Well, isn't it about trust? You don't trust the district is doing the right thing with facilities?" He's right; I don't trust the district. I don't trust they are doing the right thing, I don't trust that they have sussed out the best thing to do, I don't trust that the Board will do due diligence AND follow thru on holding the staff accountable.
So, tonight when you see the Board vote through the Transition Plan with changes that have not been even announced to parents throughout the district, keep in mind - lesson learned.
And, if this is your first experience with this kind of betrayal of trust by this district, remember. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Don't get fooled again.