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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Duty to a collaborative and effective Board

Letter to the Englewood Board of Education from a parent.

Board members,

Yesterday's BOE was very disturbing,
for everyone no doubt.
For 5 years now, I speak to every single one of you to find common ground and identify which pieces I can help you solve.

We're not friends, nor coworkers, I was not elected and have not sworn to do so, I am not occupying any seat of power, nor I am rewarded with any guarantee that the countless hours invested will lead to decisions and actions on your part, and YET I DO THIS EVERY DAY.

Three new board members were elected, broadly chosen by the community: we don't care that you don't like each other, you don't get to decide whether or not you will work together: YOU HAVE TAKEN THE OATH TO DO SO. 
The majority has now even chosen to do so until December so DO IT.

Whoever cannot work with newly elected Board
Members need to step down, and we can start over with elections! These faction wars will only gain you a Board vote of no confidence. How hard is it to all look in the same direction instead of facing off? Please serve ALL our students with honor and character.

The new Board Members were absolutely honest in their communications. They campaigned with full disclosure of their skills, experience, affiliations and were ELECTED. 

As residents, fellow Board Members only have 1 voice: YOU DON'T GET TO UNDO the elections – and your loyalty is CERTAINLY to the ALL the students, and certainly NOT to SEEK or our local (has been) politicians!

Particularly considering the state of our district, it was completely irresponsible for Howard and SEEK to block the new members from serving to their full potential to save this FOCUS, RAC district.

Jeff, Devry and Carol have the duty to restore justice and to regain their powers so they can be effective and meaningful Board Members, because that is the duty EACH OF YOU swore to uphold.

You were all voted in based on your skills and professional experience, and each of you should lead the committee best matching your expertise, and be productive in the others to serve the whole.

Carol was elected, not only as an EDUCATOR, but as knowing the EPSD inside and out, including when and why specific programs WORKED. Carol must not only be totally involved, but she should LEAD the Academic affairs Committee!

Jeff was elected BECAUSE of his BCSS experience, so he can help ensure that our 500 SpeEd students are also taught to the standards, and we can stop getting sued and making exceptions/favors that rob the whole and drag down the district.

Devry was elected for his financial acumen, and Lord knows we need SCRUTINY.

Right now you are being deceived and manipulated by the very ones who should serve you, and you don't even know what to do about it!?! You may want to hire Jim Olobardi as a consultant to train you. Each of you owe it to voters and to the students to do all you can so all 9 members can put their experience to the service of ALL OUR students.

Please, please, please get yourselves together and keep your eye on our precious prize!

Leen Mosley