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August 6, 2013

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I suggest that a tighter focus on improving measured student achievement with accountability and less on curved halls and other esthetic features would be a good thing. Frankly, I just do not understand why improving student achievement is not at the top of the list and please do not give me the age-old gobbly-gook about not believing in testing. How do you measure anything without testing?

I realize that any type of special election is very cost prohibitive, but something just does not seem right when folks resign because of reported ethical issues with the board and the remaining board members get to appoint replacements.

This is even more troublesome when you consider that it will be almost two years before taxpayers will have input on who represents them on the board. The school will be built exactly as a small minority of the board and administration wishes it to be.

I want to close with a definition of arrogance given to me many years ago. “Arrogance is the illegitimate child of confidence and pride. Arrogance is the idea that not only can you never miss {shooting} a duck, but no one else can ever hit one.”

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