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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Upcoming APP Reconfiguration Proposal

Guest post by Charlie Mas:

Quick story from Aesop:

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

Replies the scorpion: "I'm a scorpion. It's what I do. It's my nature."

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District staff will present a preliminary proposal on APP reconfiguration during the week of October 16.

The APP Advisory Committee has been actively providing the District with information and advice on APP reconfiguration for six months. For years before this current crisis - during other, similar crises -the APP community has provided the District with information and advice on how to address overcrowded buildings. The information and advice has been extremely consistant: keep the cohort together. The District staff has yet to develop any proposal of their own and is admittedly without any ideas of their own about how to reconfigure APP.

So here's the thing that is driving me crazy. The district staff knows that the community will vigorously oppose any proposal that goes against the criteria we have established. The district staff has no proposal of their own. In short, the district staff knows exactly what the community will find unacceptable, has no reason to follow that path, and has every reason to adopt one of the Advisory Committee's proposals. So why is it that nearly every member of the community believes that the District staff will propose something that is mostly - if not entirely - unacceptable?

It is because they are District Staff. It's what they do. It's who they are.

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