By Laura Plenert
April 14, 2007
I was at the Chamber lunch on 4/4/07. Mr. Skinner went above
and beyond to make sure that there was civil discourse. He spoke
before and after Mr. Leiben, asking the crowd (and the room was
packed) to be civil in their questions/comments and then thanked
the crowd for their civility. He also thanked Mr Leiben for
coming. Mr. Skinner was also very clear when he spoke about
which comments were from him as an individual and which comments
were from the Chamber President.
Mr. Leiben was asked at this meeting for an explanation into
the reasons for firing Mr. Martin. He wouldn't give a direct
answer. The community has the right to ask these questions and
to expect real answers. This still hasn't happened. As School
Board President, Mr. Leiben can and should speak for the board.
He should give forthright answers to his constituents.
I have seen more support for Mr. Martin than against. Yet the
School Board went against community voices and requests and fired
him. If the School Board members are comfortable with their
reasoning and decision to fire Mr. Martin, they should share
particulars with the community.
The Chamber luncheons are open to the public. Please come and
share you views there, rather than speculate on what was said
after the fact.
Received April 13, 2007 - Published April 14, 2007
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