School Board & Contract
By Terri Robbins
September 25, 2006
Like a previous writer, I am disturbed by the item on the School
Board agenda which calls for consideration of extending the superintendent's
contract beyond 2008. I have no problem with our school board
giving the superintendent another contract if they feel that
a satisfactory job has been done. However, since the need to
act on a contract does not exist at this time, I sense an end-run
happening - is this déjà vu?
Apparently someone is afraid that certain board members will
not be present following the coming election and feels as though
the only way to achieve the objective of keeping Mr. Martin as
superintendent is to set it up before the new board sits. Why
is it that our board cannot plan in advance for things like moving
the entire Schoenbar population into appropriate temporary housing
(I was there and we did not know where or how we were to be moved
and housed until just before school started) but can advance
plan in order to safekeep a position for the superintendent?
The theory is that the will of the people is reflected in an
election. If certain current board members are not re-elected,
then the public is saying that they want someone else to make
important decisions for our community's schools. By trying to
make an untimely decision about the superintendent, this board
is denying the next board the opportunity to represent the community
in a very important matter. Shame on you if that is your intention.
And shame on me if I ignore such shenanigans.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "Teacher in Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District
since 1990. "
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