A strong reminder

Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 10:22 p.m.
I'm troubled by the School Board member Ginger Childs' statement (reported in The Sun on 1/11) that policing the school district's expenditures should be left to the superintendent's staff, particularly when it's apparent the School Board staff isn't making the effort to reduce expenditures of its own initiative, as in the question of the School Board's GRU billing.
It's difficult to read this statement as anything other than a failure to truly understand the mission given by the voters to the School Board, or, worse, a desire to do as little as possible to earn the money Alachua County's voters invest in the members on behalf of their children.
It's a shame that we're mandated to have a School Board if its members feel comfortable approaching their duties in this manner, as I'm sure the school district could find better uses for the salaries of members who so openly desire to abdicate their responsibilities.
I hope the rest of Alachua County's parents and voters agree with me that a strong reminder needs to be sent during the next election cycle.
Jennifer Hagstrom, Gainesville

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