I don't think anybody wants a dysfunctional board. In fact, I'd venture the vote here would be 100% against. This board got along incredibly well, but overreached and pushed too hard to impose their "vision" on the community, instead of responding to a variety of diverse needs. Does middle ground mean less testing & standardization? More accountability & asserting itself into staff matters? Or how about this: Requiring actual, real follow-up to questions asked of staff who answer: "I'll get back to you on that" - which has come to mean (realistically) - "That's all I'm saying on the subject. Adios!"
Maybe instead of discussing middle ground, I should ask a simpler question: "What changes do people see with Marty apparently coming onto the Board?"
For me, I want a board more actively engaged, and engaging of the community, in curriculum & instruction decisions.
I would like a Board that actually stands up for community engagement and rejects motions that lack it.
I would like a Board with a healthy skepticism and critical reasoning skills so they ask meaningful questions about proposals.
I would like a Board that knows the policies and enforces them.
I would like a Board that does their job - it should not take six months to write a management overview calendar and two years to begin to implement it.
I would like a Board that sets deadlines for their requests and remembers those deadlines.
I would like a Board that insists that the staff keep their commitments to students and families.
I would like a Board that represents the community to the District at least as much as it represents the District to the community.
How about you all?