Students Outperform Board Of Education & Superintendent

After her evaluation Elaine Farris had this to say. “We all have room for improvement. I’m anxious to see what it is you want me to continue to work on because I promise you that whatever it is  you think I need to work on, I will.” Finally, a superintendent I can get on board with…… IF she was actually speaking to the community. Though she wasn’t clear with her words her body language indicated she was speaking to the board. But, I could get on board with that too……….IF the board actually represented the thoughts of the community they are supposed to be serving.

Each board member represents a different area of the county. Board members must live in the district they represent so they can experience the same circumstances and understand the things that make each district different. Each board member is supposed to take the concerns of the citizens in their district to the other board members and the superintendent. The superintendent uses her education and experiences to hammer out a plan. The plan should have measurable goals, a stated result and a time frame for completion. If at any time a district doesn’t feel represented they vote out their board member. That’s how it is suppose to work. That’s not what is happening in Clark County.

Clark County has board members that ridicule, insult, are combative and just plain mean to the community. They’ve been in office so long they feel they no longer need input from us because they are far more superior. While they may rule over us the person who should be accountable to them, the superintendent, is not. As emails have demonstrated our superintendent is setting her own goals and telling the board how to evaluate her.

I agree that we all can improve, so how is Elaine going to improve? She’s fully aware that both staff and community are grossly unhappy. What will she do about it? She says she will do whatever the board wants so why have they not told her or us?

Elaine Farris  created 6 goals for herself to do in 4 years. Yet, there is no plan of how she will accomplish them. There’s no mark of progress. Without a plan and evidence of what is working and what isn’t her goals are just ink spots on paper. There is no evidence that a single goal has been accomplished. When the superintendent is evaluated and hasn’t met her goals it is the responsibility of the board to set a corrective action plan. That did not happen. Why?

An annual review on a job is generally conducted the same way. The employee meets with her boss and hears what she is doing right and  wrong. If the employee is meeting expectations then she’s given a raise. If her work is less than desirable the raise is withheld and a plan is made to help her be successful. If we all have room for improvement why did our superintendent emerge from her evaluation with absolutely no plan or change in goals? In fact, Judy Hicks, much to the pain of those listening, explained in detail why Elaine was marked on anything less than perfection. The board and superintendent say words that are in direct conflict with their actions. They can say they’re taking responsibility from now until the end of time but until they actually act  responsible it means nothing.

The same people who have no corrective action plan for the superintendent are the same ones that determine the goals for our students. Why are they holding our kids to higher standards than they do the superintendent? If our leaders are incapable of doing what they expect the students to do; we’ve got major problems.

Students must earn the right to drive and take part in extracurricular activities. The board thinks it is their right to bypass the same standards.  What would happen if students took the board’s approach and refused to speak to the teacher in class? Or what if a teacher sat at her desk and refused to answer the questions of the students? The board would demand an immediate change of action. Our students must engage in dialogue and problem solving with their teachers if they are going to be successful. Why does the board of education think they are exempt to the guidelines they created? Stand Up Clark County and hold the board to the same standards they place on our kids.


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