I’m a parent in the West Ada district and have attended the last three district board meetings and witnessed the negative mentality the new board members seem to think is acceptable. It is not. An Aug. 23 letter stated that Superintendent Linda Clark proposed to “add another $100K administrator” position to the staff. That is not true. The proposal was simply to fill an existing, important position that provided much-needed support to the principals and teachers in the district to improve the students’ test scores.
I have witnessed firsthand that some board members are not listening to principals, teachers and parents who take their time to attend and voice their opinions at these meetings. This leads me to believe they have their own agenda, which is very concerning.
Clark and the administration have continuously proved their ability to keep administrative costs low by operating the largest school district in Idaho on the least amount of dollars per student of any of the major school districts in Idaho. The new board members are micromanaging a district that has been recognized for excellence at the highest level. Their actions are not helping the students and teachers, which should be their main priority.
Val Tidwell, Boise
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