Friday, December 12, 2008

Trustee Price and Board President sink 'Confidence Vote'

On October 30, 2008, Trustees Ron Price, Lew Blackburn and Carla Ranger submitted a written request to the Board President Jack Lowe to call a "Confidence Vote" Special Board Meeting relating to the performance of the Superintendent.

Twice in the month of November, I brought this issue up to the Board President at Board meetings. Trustee Price said nothing.

The Board President refused to call the 'Special Meeting' as required by Board policy from October 30 to December 11, 2008.

Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reported:

"Also on Wednesday, Mr. Price dropped a request for the school board to hold a vote of confidence in Dr. Hinojosa." ... Further, Mr. Price said he no longer needs the vote since he has given his opinion."

The Dallas Morning News education blog stated:

"Board President Jack Lowe didn't attend the news conference but listened to it in DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander's office. Mr. Lowe said he called Mr. Price after the meeting and confirmed that Mr. Price is no longer asking for the confidence vote."

"Mr. Lowe, a supporter of Dr. Hinojosa's, said he confirmed with Mr. Price that he no longer seeks the confidence vote and said he's happy with his decision."

As one of the three Trustees who signed the request for the "Confidence Vote", I would have appreciated being informed before the public sinking of the boat.

It was on TV. I was never told it was coming.

The truth is, there was more reason than ever for a "Confidence Vote."

But that effort was wasted because the Board President violated Board policy by refusing to call the meeting requested by three Trustees.

Finally, Trustee Price put a hole in the boat and left it sinking in the water.