Re: It’s time to move forward, The Record, Letters to the editor, Sept. 13.
With interest, I read school trustee Michael Ewen’s letter on the land use study, but still, it does not explain why the district-commissioned Archie Miller report about the
According to a recent newspaper article, it was never acted on or shared with all trustees until this summer, years after it was issued by Mr. Miller. To commission, withhold and ignore consultant reports is not “best practice.”
In fact, as a glaring example of how this board neglects to follow proper channels of process, it completely contradicts Mr. Ewen’s claims about debate leading to consensus decisions at the board table.
This is further evidenced by the construction of school district parking lots.
In constructing the high school site parking lot, the board ignored the Archie Miller report that outlined the possibility that there were remains still buried on site and also ignored the requirement to secure permits for the construction of the parking lot.
Having knowledge of the lost graves, and bypassing city hall’s permit process, the upper parking lot at the high school was constructed anyway.
For lack of a permit and because of faulty construction, at great financial expense, the McBride school parking lot was done and then undone with no benefit to anyone.
Consequently, the parking difficulties at McBride remain, and the money that was spent was completely wasted.
In this district, the board does not have sufficient capital funds to address its many facility issues.
This makes it completely unacceptable for the district to continually repeat “rookie” mistakes.
Not only is it bad management to bypass process and ignore expertise, it’s arrogant. Ultimately, over and again, it is the students who are penalized by board incompetence.
That said, one outstanding question remains: will a fine be assessed and will a correction of the high school parking lot be ordered as well?