Board should consider what is best for students

Published: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 10:16 p.m.
The recent hullabaloo amongst school board members stirred up by Eileen Roy's constructive suggestion to re-evaluate the school district's energy bill is disturbing.
The School Board's unwillingness to agree to open, reasonable discourse concerning the issue of districtwide energy policy is not merely incongruous with the board's ostensible purpose, it is irresponsible.
Roy's argument seems sound. The School Board should be provided the "Large Power Rate" offered major GRU customers. But regardless of the merit of her argument, the stifling of such investigation that might allow the useful relocation of funds toward genuine educational programs and teacher pay increases is improper.
Roy has consistently pledged her intention to stand for accountability on the School Board, and her indefatigable work to that end deserves praise, not opprobrium. Any means by which School Board money sees tangible benefits among the school faculty and students in this county should be readily considered and embraced.
If a "distraught" GRU employee and a damaged rapport between the School Board and the public utility are the greatest impediments to financial accountability, it would be prudent that other board members review their responsibilities to manage public funds sensibly.
Marshall B. Knudson, Gainesville

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