Subtitled: More Musings on the School District Morons
School board agendas and documents to be discussed at meetings are supposed to be posted 72 hours in advance. Since no one at the school district would actually work on a Saturday, the reports and agendas get posted on Friday. So Fridays usually find me getting remarkably irked and astounded at what will be discussed at the next Tuesday board meeting.
This upcoming one is a doozy. At the last meeting two weeks ago, the consultant hired to draw the boundaries for the two remaining middle schools showed up. On the agenda, he was there to discuss the full boundary study for the entire district. Instead, the board and the consultant and the superintendent launched into a review of the preliminary report on the middle school boundaries.
A report that hadn't been provided to the public in advance.
A report and discussion that hadn't been posted in advance.
I bitched about it here. And then I bitched far more when I actually had the chance to look at the crap that had been done.
Would you have thought that the board would have learned its lesson after being punked by the consultant at that meeting? [Truth be told, I don't know if the consultant is to blame. The old adage, "Garbage in, garbage out" comes to mind.] Would you have thought they'd make damn sure they reviewed the new report before the meeting? Would you have thought they'd make damn sure they provided the new report to the public before discussing it?
Oh, it's on the agenda for Tuesday, all right, so at least interested parties and sarcastic snipers such as myself know. But the report itself? The superintendent notes with an asterisk, "All boundary scenarios will be presented on March 1, 2011. No documents have been provided to the district for review at this time."
In my darkest moments, I extrapolate the actions of this small little school district made up of elected officials and government workers, and I assign it to all the country's school boards and city councils and mayors and governors and state legislators and Congress and the POTUS and the millions of government workers, and my distress deepens.
You wonder why we tell our children to doubt all politicians and government workers? You wonder why we rail against elected officials so much, scarring our impressionable children's minds?
No, you don't wonder. You only wonder why we don't do it more often.
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