Our support for the Kids First Board of Education slate is tied to two factors, both of which relate to issues of integrity and character.
First, the public should not forget the irresponsible and unprofessional manner in which the high school “referendum plan” was developed and unveiled. Whether you agreed with the plan or not, holding a BOE election without even mentioning it, telling the public during the peak holiday season and trying to jam the vote in on short notice and in the dead of winter was, frankly, unconscionable and representative of the kind of local government we hoped had been left behind.
In our opinion, those Board members who were responsible for cynically putting the plan in front of the public in the manner they did should be voted out of office at the earliest possible opportunity – -beginning on November 8th, and each year thereafter, until we have a more trustworthy team in place.
Second, we have come to know the Kids First slate over the last few months, and have found them to be honest and eager to make a difference. It has been said that organizational leaders are “never more objective than they are on their first day on the job.” We believe that will be the case with this team, which will provide a refreshing, forward look, not be wedded to a plan that has been rejected by a 2 to 1 margin – and remain engaged with the public as a new plan is being developed.
Perhaps most importantly, we hope and believe this slate will rise above the hyper-partisan, nasty misinformation being circulated on what we are calling “Terror Flyer 2.0.” Pavel, Donna and Cindy are better than that – much better. Please give them a chance to show you that by voting for the Kids First slate (6-7-8) on November 8th.
Debbie Jacobus and Bob Conrad
5th Ward Residents