Superintendent Issued A Media Advisory : District Media Advisory
The superintendent’s media advisory is quoted in the Tribune:
“We are disappointed that [Clara] feels the need to seek solutions by contacting federal officials in Denver instead of working collaboratively with the Board of Education and the district,” the statement reads. “We believe Mr. Clara’s complaints can and should be addressed through established board protocol. We are committed to advocating for all students.” (Link To Article).
As the Tribune article states. I brought up the issue of teacher distribution in the February 19th Board meeting. I was told by the superintendent and the board vice president that we could NOT discuss the issue further because it was not on the agenda.
The board president replied that she would not place it on the agenda (see text of emails at the end of this post)
So, I agree with the media statement. The board should be working as a “collaborative” body. Collaboration includes honoring the issues that each member brings to the table, not slamming the door shut.
I did avail myself of “board protocol”. There were only two of us on the board that felt that this was worthy enough to be placed on the agenda. The policy states, if the president does not want to place an item on the agenda, then three board members can request it and the item will get placed on the agenda. I was not able to meet that threshold.
I believe an injustice is occurring. Others on the board don’t see it. I honor their perspective and filed the complaint with the office of civil rights. Just because the board does not see an issue from my community as an injustice does not mean I am done with it. My obligation is to my neighbors who elected me not the bureaucracy.
The superintendent and board president can’t have it both ways. If they don’t allow an injustice to be deliberated upon in a school board meeting, they can’t be “disappointed” when I seek a remedy through other branches of government.
|Michael Clara <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|RE: Agenda Request: Equitable Distribution of Experienced Teachers
|Kristi Swett <kristi.Swett@slcschools.org>||Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM|
To: Michael Clára <email@example.com>
Cc: McKell Withers <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Heather Bennett <email@example.com>, Laurel Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Rosemary Emery <email@example.com>, Tiffany Sandberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Janet Roberts <email@example.com>, Dorothy Cosgrove <firstname.lastname@example.org>