Letter to the editor: School board not effective

Posted 2/11/21

School board not effective As our community continues to contend with the ineptness of Douglas County School Board members as well as hear the rumblings of a potential recall, one group caught in the …

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Letter to the editor: School board not effective

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School board not effective

As our community continues to contend with the ineptness of Douglas County School Board members as well as hear the rumblings of a potential recall, one group caught in the middle is voiceless, yet requires representation.

Our more than 3,600 teachers and hard working DCSD staff are sadly caught in the middle of a poor and toxic leadership situation and I honestly feel for them. Much anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that more than half of teachers desire to be immediately reunited with their students for in-person teaching. And with hybrid learning finally approved, it’s clear decision making is being done out of political fear and not true leadership. This pressure coming from both colleagues and the roving eye of teacher union sycophants clamps down on dissent, leaving our wonderful educators both powerless and voiceless in this ongoing, abject failure of public school administration.

Through the dishonesty surrounding Dr. Tucker’s questionable departure, COVID mismanagement and tone-deafness toward the public, this board is no longer effective to serve Douglas County as a whole. It had more than 10 months to properly plan out our children’s and teachers’ education strategy vis-a-vis COVID, and they failed to produce such a plan.

I guess I’m old enough to remember when this board ran on buzzwords like “unity” and “accountability” — and when leadership was needed most, those two themes were the first to go. Perhaps our final recourse as taxpayers and parents may be to recall those who have consistently failed the leadership test.

Steve Collier

Highlands Ranch

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