Saturday, November 8, 2008

Four year terms - Wrong time to do the wrong thing

I will vote, 'No.'

It is the wrong time to do the wrong thing.

On Thursday, November 20, 2008, four year terms will be adopted by the Board in order to help protect the self-interest of Trustees at the expense of the public interest.

This is about Board politics. It is not about the public interest.

There are times and circumstances that might justify making the changes.

However, the recent disclosure of devasting financial mismanagement of the District largely eroded what little remained of public trust in the Board and the Superintendent/administration.

The public does not trust the Board to do the right thing for the right reason.

I share this belief based on my own experience as a Trustee.

Just in the last few weeks, the Dallas ISD Board has refused to end unethical contracting between the District and 'business entities' of Trustees. Such a Board does not deserve four year terms.

There should be no extension of Trustee Terms.

This is the wrong time to do the wrong thing.

It is likely my vote will be the only 'No' (8-1), but I believe it is the right thing to do.