The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 4, 2013

Your View: Redistricting raises some questions

JOPLIN, Mo. — A recent Joplin Globe article was about a meeting held regarding the Joplin School District and a group of parents who presented an alternative solution to the redistricting report’s recommendations.

First, I would like to thank board member Jim Kimbrough for wanting to seek more input from parents and wanting to work with parents on their concerns.

Second, a person on the committee stated the committee had to be careful about appearing to cater to “special interest groups.” I feel this is precisely the problem we have had in our school district for the past few years.

It is time for everyone to realize that parents are not a special interest group and neither are taxpayers. Parents are taxpayers, and every member of both groups have a vested interest in everything going on in our school district.

Parents send their most valuable and precious assets (their children) to our schools. As a result, they have a right to know everything that is going on down to the details. Since taxpayers are paying the bills, they have the same rights.

For quite some time now I have recognized some problems in our school district, and I believe they are now spreading. The main problem is an attempt to keep the public (parents and taxpayers) out.

This started with not allowing the public to speak at school board meetings unless they are speaking on an agenda topic. Now I feel that mindset has spread to people serving on the redistricting committee with the comment about special interest groups.

It seems that if an idea is not generated by our administration, it is not even considered. However, for our district to be successful and safe for children and employees, we need input from everyone on a real safety committee.

David Guilford

Joplin

1
Text Only
Opinion
Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Facebook
NDN Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Sports