A new board policy under review for the Christina Board of Education would give their Board President an overwhelming amount of power and weaken their board considerably.
Current Board President George Evans and former board member Harrie Ellen Minnehan put forth a proposed policy which would limit the ability of all board members except the President in dealing with anyone in the district.
It is contrary to the spirit of the statutes for any Board member to seek individually to influence the official functions of the District. The Board of Education and its members shall deal with administrative services only by request to the Board President, who in his/her discretion shall forward communications and requests for information to the Superintendent.
What kind of nonsense is this? The Board President runs the meetings. They are similar to the Speaker of the House or the President Pro Tempore in the Delaware General Assembly. Could you imagine if Pete Schwartzkopf told legislators all communications had to go through him? That would mean all constituents as well and anyone they work with to form legislation. This move by Evans and an ex board member is filled to the brim with a massive potential for abuse. I’m not sure what kind of dictatorship Evans wants for this board but the last I heard there are seven board members in Christina. Not one and six underlings. But that is exactly what Evans is proposing. Furthermore, to make it the President’s discretion about what to communicate to the Superintendent gives him the school board equivalent of the Pope being infallible. This board is absolutely insane if they vote in the affirmative on this. As well, what if the issue a board member brings forth is about the Superintendent? According to this policy, the President would have to go to the source of the complaint.
I would love to know the origin of this! First off, since the first reading of this was postponed from their June 26th meeting until their July 10th meeting, that means Harrie Ellen Minnehan shouldn’t even be on it. Her term on the board expired June 30th and she did not run for re-election. This is a stifling measure, no doubt, to make sure only one person on a seven person board can be the voice of the Board with the district. No board member should EVER have this much power. This would be great if it were North Korea. But, alas, this is still America.
Like all traditional school districts do in their first meeting in July, this meeting will see the Christina Board vote for a new President and Vice President. It looks like General George is expecting another term as President. I pray this board sees fit to put a halt to his Kim Jong Un tactics! Whether you agree with another board member or not, the very purpose of a school board is an exchange of discussion to ensure the best education for the children of that district. One person, picking and choosing what he/she feels is best to pursue with the district, should not have that kind of totalitarian and fascist power.