The process of reconfiguration is surely in full swing. On March 13 each member of the Board presented his or her thoughts in a wrap-up meeting that followed many community meetings soliciting citizens’ opinions. A number of plans were described by the Board members.
It appeared that there is no immediate consensus, but what bothered me, besides some unhelpful grandstanding, was the emphasis on history and home turf. Where was the interest in vastly improving ALL students’ academic achievement and what can get us there? Where was the TEAM?
If we are to significantly move this school system forward each Board member, representing their communities, must be willing to “take one for the team” and get behind our very capable superintendent. The Board members must recognize that they owe to the STUDENTS and to the people of this county their flexibility and willingness to exclude from this complicated decision-making process historic ties to buildings and communities. The students will make their own history … ours is just that … history.
Florida’s Constitution guarantees a high-quality education to every public school student. WE WILL NOT GET THERE IF EMOTION LEADS US. We are being called upon to do better. That even includes inconveniencing struggling parents for the sake of a high quality education for ALL Gadsden County students.
I hope each Board member will look in the mirror and ask, “Am I living up to my duty of putting ALL students first, not just the ones in my community?” and, “Am I being blinded by the natural desire to preserve my own personal history or that of other adults?”
The Board’s guiding principal must be STUDENTS COME FIRST. Whatever is done must be what benefits ALL students the most. We all need each Board member to be flexible and to get behind the Superintendent and push this forward.