by Max Brantley
Thanks for your column on LR schools. There are quite a few people who are stalwart supporters of LRSD who see only one way out—-state takeover. Although I greatly appreciate Greg Adams’ response, I see no urgency on the part of the school board. Attached are talking points I developed for a speech in SWLR. I just can’t believe that there is no outcry over the horrible educational conditions.
Can a millage pass? Yes, look to NLRSD. Record rise in millage rates, highest in state. It takes a great superintendent, engaged school board that is respected, community institutions behind the schools. NLRSD promised new schools but a more efficient system (consolidated schools). New millage passed by a large majority.
Failure of governance. When as the last time we had anything but a 4-3 vote on anything of substance? Lack of support for Superintendent by board. Failure of citizens to be engaged. No righteous indignation, no anger no demand for change within school community. A large part of our populations is used to poor performance and has come to expect it. School board elections need to be moved to November to get more people involved.
Grass roots conversation about what we want for our children—led by an honest broker and including all stakeholders but not relying on the usual suspects.
State takeover inevitable on the current trajectory. Better to do it now verses three more wasted years. PCSSD success story under Jerry Guess and only one boss instead of seven.