Tomorrow night the Clark County School Board will vote on which facilities plan to accept. Each plan has its strength and its weaknesses. Each plan will make some pleased and leave others mad. That can be said of any facility plan in any school board room in any town USA. Clark County will no doubt have double the emotions simply because of all we have been through prior to this point.
Our facility plan drama began years ago with a highly controversial plan cloaked in accusations of wrongdoing and corruption. From the moment the ink was quietly placed on the contract, the deal immediately began treading water in a pool of innuendo that immediately divided the community.
It had been quite some time since several of those school board members had been challenged so apparently they were under the misguided notion they could do as they pleased. They simply did what they had always done. They counted on the community’s outrage to play itself out and citizens to lose their steam. When instead the community rallied together to fight for the common good of everybody then things changed.
The previous board’s inability then and even now to consider that they made terrible mistakes, disregarded community opinion, failed to weigh all the options or even begin to have the courage to stand up for the least of us, proves how grossly inadequate they were to represent the greatest of us. Therefore, they brought shame and suspect upon all of their actions most notably the notorious facilities plan. In an outrageous show of unification, the community made clear their disgust of being muted and voted out the old and in the new. Now, we turn to a new era. It’s a new time and opportunity.
This is the first time that any board member, with the exception of Judy Hicks, in this entire facilities plan drama, has taken time to consider all angles. This board heard the community loud and clear. They fought the state. They have labored, sweat, prayed, talked, lost sleep over and contemplated beyond the realms any of us wish to consider. This board has taken on what everyone wanted changed but few dared to tackle. This board, with the exception of Judy Hicks, stepped up to the mound in the last inning with everything lined up against them and nothing going for them but an overwhelming desire to take one for the team because it’s the right thing to do. Could you do it? I couldn’t. That’s why I didn’t run for the board.
So, on this eve that changes everything I am asking you, Clark County, what are we made of? This facilities plan is more than about a mere vote on metal and steel. It’s a vote on the kind of people we are. Are we selfish people willing to turn on one another if we don’t get our way? Are we weak people willing to flaunt that our vote won over the plan that didn’t? Or are we people with backbone, people who reach deep and know that regardless of what tomorrow holds it is a new era? It’s a time of when we say all that is gone before, matters no more. We have a board that will never again put our kids or their own reputations on the market to the highest bidder. There is no more secret meetings, over-paid bureaucrats, over inflated egos or nauseating misuse of the media.
Life has shown us that more often than not to find what is keeping we must first sift through the rubbish. To find a hidden treasure we must get dirty digging it from the dirt. To find a diamond we have to travel the blackest coal shafts. And if we want real gold then we have to spend hours on our knees shaking it from the imposters and fool’s gold surrounding it. Finding what is real is important but what becomes more important is how do we treat what is authentic when we are not accustom to seeing it? Now, is our time Clark County. Stand up for your school board and say we respect your effort you have put into this decision making process – thank you for having the courage to do the job no one else wanted.