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The Statement issued by current and former Dexter School Board members (NOT the Board of Education) has nothing to do with Board functioning or Barbara Read’s opinions or votes. It is being published because of her actions and their negative impact on District Leadership and Professional Staff and its ability to function at the highest level possible in order to best serve the interests of our students, families, and community. The statement is supported by seventeen individuals out of twenty of the most recent Board members who are closely connected to our schools.

The Board has and can function and manage to act in spite of any internal conflict. However, it is essential to support our excellent staff and to do whatever we can in order for them to function most effectively on behalf of our students and continually improve the quality of education in our community. IT IS UNPRECEDENTED TO HAVE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND DIRECTORS GRIEVE THE ACTIONS OF A BOARD MEMBER, AND FOR TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES TO FORMALLY REQUEST THAT A BOARD MEMBER CEASE AND DESIST ACTIONS WHICH NEGATIVELY IMPACT THEIR ABILITY TO PERFORM MOST EFFECTIVELY.

Dexter has become a premier School District in the State. It is a major draw for people moving into our community and a model which other School District personnel come to observe and learn from and we want to be able to continue on this path of being a model District in the state.

Creating controversy and distrust should not be the goal or result of legitimate transparency.
IGNORING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AND MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS REGARDING APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AND ACTIONS RELATED TO FULFILLING THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE OPERATIONS OF THE DISTRICT. Barbara Read’s inability and unwillingness to acknowledge the negative impact of her actions continues as she spins her version of reality in her statements and postings.

Signers of this statement believe that they are compelled to inform the supportive stakeholders of our District about what has been occurring. We have truly done this reluctantly and with great sadness but we sincerely believe it is in the best interests of the future of our District.

If you support the excellence in our schools and want it to continue and improve, please recognize the significance of the statement made by people who are most familiar with and knowledgeable about the problems created by one Board member’s actions inappropriately impacting school staff.

Dick Lundy
Dexter School Board Trustee
1979 – Present
This statement reflects the personal opinion of the writer and is not an official statement of the Board of Education or Dexter Community Schools.

This post expresses the views and opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily that of The Sun Times News management or staff.

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The grievance was thoroughly gone over at a public meeting and voted on by the board as a denial. For a board member to keep bringing it up as if it had not been decided is not appropriate. I said specifically at the hearing that I care about and support the administrators and leave internal business to them, but I also value community relationships, and it’s my job to hear people’s thoughts on Board level topics and actions. Building naming, curriculum, athletic fees, and graduation (from the grievance) are all School Board level decisions, and those were the exact topics I was told to apologize for discussing or face censure. None of those are internal operations or private board business. 

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As an additional correction, I absolutely abide by the instructions from our attorneys and have never done otherwise. What I have less interest in is legal opinions from a consultant who is not licensed to practice law or an unpublished draft written with the disclaimer that this is not legal advice--particularly when those opinions run contrary to clearly written state and federal laws as well as Michigan case law and statements from the Office of the Attorney General. The attorney from Miller Canfield who visited with us this summer cleared up the previous misconceptions and additionally made clear that boards may not close committee meetings to the public or deliberate behind closed doors prior to a public vote, both of which were recent missteps that needed a simple correction. Overall, the board is functioning better now than a year ago and more strictly complying with the law than ever before! His presentation is at 26:30 on this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGH7Sqgx2S0

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