School board, gov­ern thy­selves

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

Iam dis­ap­pointed about Dr. Aldridge Boone’s de­par­ture, and I am dis­ap­pointed with the Rap­pa­han­nock County School Board. I have had two kids in the sys­tem for some time now and have seen more pos­i­tive changes from Dr. Boone’s short time here than any time in the past.

The open town hall meet­ing, pos­i­tive changes in per­son­nel at the high school, sched­ul­ing changes, changes to the test-re­take pol­icy, im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion (es­pe­cially on­line) and par­ent ad­vi­sory groups were all laid out un­der his di­rec­tion.

He asked, he saw, and he lis­tened. Then a new school board ar­rives and with no warn­ing . . . he’s his­tory. This may not be as it ap­pears, but when ques­tions go unan­swered, pub­lic mis­trust and re­sent­ment will fol­low.

As I sit in the stands weekly to sup­port a boys’ bas­ket­ball team that has lost nearly ev­ery game by 30, 40 and some­times even 50 points ev­ery sea­son for the last four years, I am less em­bar­rassed by the scores than I am to be seated with a few par­ents/rel­a­tives who reg­u­larly chas­tise the of­fi­cials, call out play­ers on the other team, yell at them and the op­pos­ing coach, chide them or yell at our own play­ers in a neg­a­tive man­ner. Would it sur­prise you that at most of th­ese games, the big­gest of­fend­ers of the school’s ath­letic pol­icy code of con­duct in­clude a school board mem­ber and a school em­ployee?

I am not ex­actly proud to be a Pan­ther par­ent. It has been a long, painful five years in this school sys­tem with the con­stant turnover in ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­com­pe­tence and fa­voritism in the ath­let­ics, and now a board whose ac­tions over the last sev­eral weeks at least gives the per­cep­tion of be­ing ego­cen­tric.

How can an ad­min­is­tra­tion hold stu­dents and par­ents to a cer­tain level of eth­i­cal and mo­ral be­hav­ior, when a school board mem­ber is set­ting a dif­fer­ent prece­dent? If any­thing, I hope that this board sets some tough stan­dards for it­self and the staff that ad­dress pol­icy with stu­dents and pub­lic be­hav­ior at school events, but most im­por­tantly es­tab­lish strict con­se­quences for vi­o­la­tion of th­ese poli­cies.

To not hold them­selves to the same stan­dards and ex­pec­ta­tions as par­ents or stu­dents is most cer­tainly ego­cen­tric.



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