by Grand Forks Herald
June 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Voters will pick from nine candidates in the June 12 election to select four members to serve on the Grand Forks School Board. Continue Reading
Tags: 2012 election, cory solem, elections, eric burin, eric lunn, GF and EGF, grand forks school board, Jay Smith, kelly hogness, margaret brack, primary, roger pohlman, roland riemers, updates, vicki ericson 5 Comments »
Vicki Ericson, Eric Lunn and Roger Pohlman must not be re-elected. They voted to waste 10 million dollars (that they admit to–the actual cost will be much higher) on a new elementary school when THEIR OWN STUDY proves we already have more capacity than we can possibly use for the next five–and probably ten–years. Don’t get me started on the 19 million (but again, that’s only what they admit to) for two un-needed theaters. Some graduates can’t write or count change, but the school board buys enormous new theaters.
Shoving a new elementary school and theaters down our throats without a vote of the citizens is fiscal irresponsibility. A new elementary school that we don’t need at all proves malfeasance.
Eric Burin might as well be an incumbent, Vicki Ericson and Margaret Brack see no problems with the board’s prior ridiculous spending practices. Abysmal.
Here’s my four picks: Corey Solem and Jay Smith seem to be the best of this crop based on their responses to the Herald’s questionnaire. Kelly Hogness is too radical about classroom student-to-teacher ratios, but otherwise seems reasonable. Roland Reimers could be a good choice but I don’t accept the need for a longer school year–time-in-seat isn’t the problem for the students. Poor curriculum choices by the administration are the problem. Ditch the politically-correct crap, there’s PLENTY of time and attention span for what’s important.
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Whoops. Got Vicki Erickson in there twice. Sorry.
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The new school despite capacity in the old ones comes from the boards inability to say “No!” to either north end or south end parents.
How about elected someone who actually has kids in school? And has been active in attending school board meetings for a long time. That person is Eric Burin. He’s got the background, the energy to do the right thing for our kids.
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He’s not doing right for the kids when he’s screwing the kid’s parents by wasting tax money.
Who cares if they have kids in the school system? That’s supposed to make them different from folks that were educated BY this school system? Or folks that got a quality education elsewhere, but choose to live here now?
How does having kids in the school system make them better leaders?
Obviously, it doesn’t. It just makes them more likely to be a one-person special-interest group willing to break the bank in an attempt to provide advantages to “their” kid.
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