Board Meeting Review
This poster summarized the events of the meeting better than we could do. Their is only one thing that we would like to add. During one speaker's exchange with Dr. McClure, he mentioned to McClure that the board should have talked to everyone involved in the allegations before coming to a decision. In response, McClure stated that he had spoken with Mr Weiler about the situation. We know for a fact that this is not true. McClure did not speak with Weiler or any other blog contributors about these allegations. Unfortunately, he only chose to speak with Alvin Wilbanks and accept his denial of wrongdoing as truth. In doing so, he clearly failed to do the job that the taxpayers elected him to do.
A Frustrated and Increasingly Concerned Parent said...
For those of you that were afraid to go to the meeting tonight and for those of you that just couldn't make it....not much happened and it was quite disappointing!
No "apparent" media coverage (other than the newspaper reporters that are at every meeting), no picketing lines, etc. were present!
All in all, it was "business as usual" for a typical monthly meeting. One thing the Administration did do that seemed to curtail some of the public speakers is that they started the meeting early which didn't give the general public much opportunity to speak before the general meeting began at 7....smart on their part but quite underhanded!
Dr. McClure was asked by a Speaker to investigate the allegations and to realize that there are 2 sides to every story. McClure stated that he has looked into the allegations and he is confident that there is no wrong-doing.
Two speakers told the Board and Mr. Wilbanks that they should be "above reproach"....it didn't seem to phase them.
McClure said that we are welcome to ask questions; however, I find it contradictive that he said in the AJC that it was "too complicated for us to understand certain aspects of the situation".
Boyce said tonight that she is excited about a project they are working on with three other school systems (Fresno, D.C. and Austin) because they are getting great ideas but yet she didn't (or couldn't) outline what those ideas are. I don't understand why they continue to be so vague in their dialogue with the public - we aren't that stupid!
I've got to say as a parent and taxpayer that I was disappointed in this meeting and walked out at the end of the meeting fairly upset that the Board Member I voted for isn't taking the responsibilities that I entrusted in his/her care to heart!
It was apparent that McClure will do nothing to further investigate our concerns. We need to continue to demand action and not let up. We need to remind them all that they have an obligation to the public, not the administration and they can be removed from office. We need to stay in their faces between now and next month's meeting!
If next month's turnout is like tonight, we won't see any change! We have to take some drastic measures as a group and it is going to have to be done in large groups rather than individually to get any action or for anyone to take notice.
I propose that we attempt to organize another meeting where concerned parents, citizens and taxpayers get together prior to the next Board Meeting to develop a strategy to ensure our desires are heard at the next meeting.
Perhaps a standing meeting the first Tuesday of every month will work to ensure that we are prepared? That would make the next planning meeting January 2 (I know that's not ideal but we have to start somewhere). We can meet at the Gwinnett Justice Center. If people are interested, I will schedule a conference room for the next several months. Please respond if interested so we can move forward. A few great ideas were discussed at the last meeting but there weren't enough people present to implement them....we need numbers openly involved to make change occur!
Please step forward for our children!