School Board should still listen to the public
Apparently we have won the battle but are being discouraged from winning the war.
I am extremely elated that Cliff Colia will remain the principal of Carbondale Middle School; however, I find the process disturbing.
Though true that Fred Wall had not made a formal recommendation to the board regarding Cliff’s removal, he had made it clear to Cliff and the board several months ago as to his intentions.
I am fascinated that Robin Garvik finds it unnecessary for the public to come and be heard, and that there are “more important issues.” What is more important than listening to the hearts and minds of the people who voted for you?
The huge groundswell of grassroots support did not “threaten” to show up en masse at the board meeting, they wished to show up as part of a democratic process of keeping public education public.
How clever of Robin Garvik and Fred Wall to dissipate that course of action the day before the meeting, and to offhandedly dismiss the constituents they have to answer to.
Cliff Colia has the support of not only teachers, parents and children, but also large groups of Rotary, Computers for Kids, Advocacy for Carbondale Education, the state mandated accountability committee and the former Carbondale Education Foundation members. I hope that the Re-1 school board will find the moral fortitude to act in a truthful and forthcoming manner, and to fulfill their mission of acting in the best interest of the children.
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