So I like to check in regularly with other blogs. I look at LEV's blog, the Alliance's blog and Harium's blog. One interesting thing I've noticed is that, when challenged or asked about information on their threads, you can rarely get an answer. Charlie asks a lot of pertinent questions in a respectful, albeit blunt, manner and rarely gets an answer. Harium does occasionally but most of his replies are that he supports the staff. I noticed that when Charlie started asking questions at LEV, there stopped being replies.
So what are these people afraid of? I can get Harium being busy and not able to reply to everything (but then, why have a blog?). But LEV and the Alliance say they want to engage and talk and yet there's silence. I think there are two issues.
One, they confuse lively discussion with arguing. If someone disagrees with you, there's no need for shouting, swearing, name-calling or snarkiness. But you can say, look here's why I have this opinion, tell me why you have yours. Both LEV and the Alliance seem unwilling to back up their opinions/claims. Maybe they think it would be a circular argument. Nope, I'm willing to say "we have a difference of opinion" IF I've heard what evidence they base their stands upon. Their silence in defense of their words is deafening.
Two, I've said this before so sorry but I sometimes think that other groups do NOT know this district as they think they do and don't want to engage with Charlie or me because they would get stumped. Charlie and I rarely talk off the top of our heads. We know this district and know who to ask if we have a question. (I certainly know I don't know everything and I'm pretty sure that Charlie wouldn't say he does either.)
I think it important to call these people out on their timidity and/or inability to stand behind what they say.
Also, I do believe that the capital finding from the recent audit report has a lot more legs to it than I first thought. I have to do more research but folks, something is very, very wrong and it needs to stop. I think with the resignation of Fred Stephens in Facilities and the firing of Silas Potter of the Small Business area, we are seeing the start of what might be a big overhaul in Facilities. (I can only hope so.) Because of the seriousness of this audit, I'm reluctantly breaking my vow to not communicate with the Board because it seems useless. I don't expect any answer or response from them but they need to clearly understand what is going on in the district they serve and I'm not sure they do.