Enough of the “Randy Green” issue already! Allowing a guest editorial by his daughter made it clear where the editorial board of The Record-Courier stands, so I was surprised but heartened to read the letter (Jan. 13) from Sanford Deyo, whose views accurately reflect my own.
As a former headmaster of independent schools, I have successfully had teacher representatives serve on boards, but it is not a management concept I recommend. That the practice has had some success is attributable to the qualities of the individual representatives and a positive school climate, something that is lacking in Douglas County schools. Given that a former teacher is seated on the board, I would hope he brings to the table his personal perspective as a teacher and not see himself as a spokesperson for the teachers as a group.
Board members are expected to represent the entire school community as opposed to a single interest group. From what I have seen, the Douglas County teacher’s union is so polarized against the board and administration that a conflict of interest – were one of their own to serve on the board -is unavoidable. Plus, it is illegal!
Let’s put this issue to rest and, in the words of the school board, “Let the healing begin.” It was interesting reading for awhile, but I’m tired of it.