I personally tried unsuccessfully to tie a commitment to improved student achievement to the vote for a new school. I voted for the new school because so many folks who I think care about this city was for it.
I think all of this would be past history and we would be on our way to a $70 to $75 million school if the Past Presidents Council of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce had not brought this to the public’s attention. I say again, kudos!
I want to share with you an experience that to this day affects my thinking. Prior to coming to Mt. Vernon, I had been responsible for plants in Australia, Mexico, Texas and Kentucky. A sagacious old timer gave me some advice. It was part of his “3-C” philosophy and it applies in any endeavor whether you are running a tire plant or building a school house.
One of his C’s was credibility. His definition was to tell the folks the truth all the time every time. They may not like what you tell them but they will always respect the truth.