If Barabara Reed were able to provide transparency without inserting her opinion then your point would be valid. Absent that self censorship, her contributions to this community only serve to create drama and discord.
School Boards Should Stick to School Issues, Not Slander
Are citizens of Dexter concerned that the Dexter Board of Education has publicly urged us whom to vote for on November 3rd?
We community members wholeheartedly disagree with the opinion – and it is opinion – in the Dexter Board of Education’s October 7th, 2020 letter to the editor that Barbara Read “poses one of the greatest threats to the continued success of our schools.”
By interacting with parents and community members via social media, email or other means, Barbara is doing the job her constituents not only expect her to, but the job they voted her in to do.
What does it mean when the Dexter Board of Education states that a board member “refuses to accept advice and recommendation?” Is a person with diversity of thought deemed a disruptor? Does having a counter opinion to the majority opinion mean a person is an agitator or distrustful?
Or—when a thought leader does not conform his/her thinking to the district agenda—perhaps it is easier to publicly ostracize a public servant through newspaper editorials and label him/her as “disruptive” than it is to continue a public discourse where agreements can be reached between multiple viewpoints?
Barbara Read has persevered as a dedicated public servant through an unjustified smear campaign of which this latest Dexter Board of Education letter to the editor is shamefully a part. As her opponents have tried to silence her, she has tried to communicate transparency to all families by making issues public and she has welcomed any constructive feedback. We have all benefited from Barbara’s openness over her eight years as a trustee. Most community members and taxpayers appreciate learning the whole story behind school board decisions and budgeting.
To the Dexter Board of Education: are libel/slander and bullying what we want our school leaders partaking in instead of focusing on how to best run our schools? Why does the school board not fully support transparency?
We elected Barbara Read to be our voice. And she represents a collective voice in the Dexter Community. As educators and parents, we should never forget school is about teaching our children how to think—not what to think. Furthermore, current and past members of the Dexter Board of Education should listen to how the community thinks, not tell them what to think—or for whom we should vote.
Concerned Parents, Business Owners & Community Members of Dexter
Bridget Riddell Lane
Cheri Stewart Luallan
Lynn Rae Sample
Pam West Sawin
Mark D. Stockman
Phyllis Jedele Risdon
Brian Vander Haagen
Christy Hartman Vander Haagen