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January 28, 2014

A helicopter view

(Continued)

I was very impressed at this meeting with the passion of the students, teachers and administrative people who pleaded the case for not eliminating the theatre as a cost reduction. They were passionate in their presentations on what the theater program had meant to them while in school. I personally think that based upon their presentations that it would be very desirable to include a theater in the new school. I also realize the value in having the input from all of the stakeholders that work so hard to make the school successful. In the real world; you are not going to be able to satisfy everyone. You will not satisfy the folks whose prime interest are academics or the folks whose prime interest are athletics, gym’s, music, theater and other interests. That’s what leadership is all about; making decisions that are in the best interest of the entire group without favoring any special interest and never losing sight of the objective of giving students the best education possible to prepare them for the real world when they graduate? I used to vote a lot of issues with large groups and those 51%-49% votes always caused discomfort because who wants 49% of the folks mad and unhappy? 65%-85% in favor or against worked better.

I continuously learn major differences between the private and public sector. In the public sector a “boondoggle” of a project such as we are experiencing would by now have experienced a huge turnover and project managers, architects and others involved would have been in deep trouble with some replacements occurring. Don’t get me wrong; this happens in the private sector; projects are not on time and over budget at times, but a major difference is that people are held accountable when this occurs. They are not able to make major changes in project scopes and timelines without being held accountable. Let’s build a new school, the majority voted for it. Let’s build a great $62 million school with a participation of $19.8 million that the voters thought they were participating in. Let’s stop the haggling, the attempt to use smoke and mirrors to convince us that we voted for something different and just get on when it.

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