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Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:44

By Steve Brooks of Liberal

 

What if you were elected by the stockholders of a multi-million dollar company to run their business? You then put a policy in play that some of your management objected to, and you did it anyway?

If the executives went to your attorney and tried other means to go behind the scenes to defeat the policy that you put into effect, what would you do with those employees?

I know what I would do with them.

This is exactly what has happened to the school board and the student-led prayer situation.

Word on the street has it one administrator has said if they have student-led prayer, they will not use his PA system. Where does he get the idea that it is "his" PA system for starters?

The administrators in question have gone to the school attorney and have taken the position that the board’s action was wrong because they do not agree with same.

They have even gone as far as saying it should not have been on the meeting agenda at all and had a special executive session called.

I have for almost the last 40 years, criticized or second guessed almost every elected board in this area. Regardless of whether or not I like a school board decision, they have the right to make it. Bear in mind, they do not pay my wages or hire me.

Now that there is a new school bond issue on the horizon, the school board needs to get a handle on the people they hire. They are going to have a tough time convincing the people to pass the school bond issue if they do not have control of their executives.

I am not a very religious person, but do believe in God and have no problem with the students expressing their feelings. As a matter of fact, I like the idea.

I would suggest and request that you let the school board know whether or not you are for the prayer time and let them know what you would do if your employees tried to shoot down policies you had put into effect.

The board should run the system, not the system run the board.

 

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