The West Ada School District trustees should take a breath, stand back and consider the probable long-term consequences of continued contention. Such contention needs to stop.
Trustees make policy, the superintendent and staff carry it out. Problems are inevitable when there are “too many cooks in the kitchen.”
It’s not useful to revisit decisions of past boards, second guess or micro-manage. The district has a formidable task — dramatic growth with no place to go for needed funds, except competing for scarce state general funds or special overrides.
I’m impressed — Superintendent Linda Clark has remained silent as others have debated her professional future. I have worked with Clark. She is a capable and efficient administrator — she puts the teachers and children in the district first.
Gov. Butch Otter wanted to leverage her experience and practical knowledge when he asked her to serve on the State Board of Education — good job governor.
The district is faced with a daunting task. It will take full cooperation of all trustees and the superintendent to continue an environment where our marvelous teachers can help our deserving children get the fundamental education they need to succeed in higher education and a dynamic, global workplace.
Hal Bunderson, retired Idaho State Senator, Meridian