As former school board members of the Camdenton R-III School District with a combined 128 years of service on the school board, we are concerned about the micromanagement, lack of trust and respect that some board members have shown to other board members, administrators and staff.
We do not believe that our district can afford to lose good administrators or support staff because of their actions. School Boards have certain responsibilities set by state law and a school board can only act as a body. Individual board members have no authority individually and cannot act alone.
There are other responsibilities of school boards, but the underlying management responsibility of a school board is to employ education specialists to administer the day to day operations of the school district and the education of our district children, let these professionals do their job and then evaluate them to make sure the policies, rules, regulations, goals, objectives and budget set by the school board are being met.
School board members are not elected to be administrators, teachers nor support staff nor micromanage the school district. Some of the current school board members appear to have forgotten this.
We all agree that government mandates can be frustrating, that the strings sometimes attached to government money can be frustrating and that what may be required for one district may not be needed in another.
Federal and state funding is the life blood of many programs needed and enjoyed by the students in our district.
These programs help make our students better students and better able to further their education beyond high school or to enter the job market after high school. After all, these funds are parts of our tax dollars being returned to our district for the benefit of our students.
So, what we would ask of all of our current school board members is that they develop a spirit of trust and respect for each other and for our district administrators and support staff and avoid micromanaging school operations.
You may not always agree as the boards we served on did not always agree with each other or with administrators, but you can trust that each board member and administrator has the best interests of our students and district at heart and respect the opinion and position of each. We do not want our district to become a place that no one wants to be associated with.
At the upcoming election in April two school board seats will be filled. This is very important for our district. We would ask our district patrons to pay particular attention to the positions of the candidates for these two positions and what their vision is for our district. We will be evaluating the slate of candidates very closely and lend our support to those we believe will understand their role and put the best interest of the students first.
Page 2 of 2 - —By Greg Anderson, John Blair, Joe Butts, Wayne Compton, Randy Dickerson, Janie Drover, Ron Duggan, Nickie Foster, Ray Hulett, Susan Leslie, Charles McElyea and Wayne Sweatt,
Former Camdenton R-III school board members