Dear Ms. Maidstone,
I am not someone labeled rude on a daily basis. You are correct that I was rude in what I wrote to Mrs. Greenwell last night. I am sorry if my being direct offended you or any other reader, but sometimes people have to stand up and say things in a certain manner to get a point across. Over a great period of time I have tried to understand the positions Mrs. Greenwell avers. This district’s students are required to “back up” what they write with citations of a certain standard, and I expect that from Mrs. Greenwell and anyone else who claims they are the best person to represent the students.
I understood from your first post on her blog (correctly I hope) that you were just stating a fact about your beliefs, and not that you were asserting any particular position on candidates. I too don't believe that financial conservatism is a bad thing. The personnel of this district who had any of the children from this home could attest that it has the highest of educational standards and individuality. This house doesn’t ride with the herd as Mr. Reno labeled it yesterday. In the sojourn through life with our children we discovered that things aren’t always black and white in the field of education, as some would have us believe because of its continuous evolution. We discovered that what works well for some may not work well for others, and as a result we don’t espouse a radical change of public education based on standardized test scores that can be influenced by many factors. We do believe that all schools have strengths and weaknesses. In our experience this district has many more strengths than weaknesses, and those weaknesses can be pragmatically ameliorated.
Mrs. Greenwell for weeks has said she is the right person to question the expenditures of this district during the building of the new high school, and to determine expenditures so as to increase the educational outcomes for a vast array of students. The substantiation for her position has been that she cares deeply, her husband is in the building business, her mother and mother in law were teachers, she has a family member with special “situations” (her word, not disabilities or needs), and that she was a substitute teacher for 6 years. In today’s world none of those things is a qualification that would get her hired to analyze building costs, to be a teacher, or to be a psychologist/therapist.
Mrs. Greenwell’s writings over time state that she is a person passionate about accountability and transparency. These things are admirable and I find that our district is practicing these things. But, Mrs. Greenwell’s writings also exhibit a list of things about her that make her incapable of representing equitably the best interest of the students of this district as well as the taxpayers. She is a person who doesn’t understand finance, a person who bandies about statistics without understanding them or perhaps even looking at them, a person with an inability to give direct answers to direct questions, a person who would have left this district without any leadership through a recall of all seven board members at one time, a person who labeled an ex-board member a quitter because she chose family over being a school board trustee when her husband received a job in another state, a person who despite saying she has moved forward and has let go of the past brings it up at every available chance, a person who shows derision of those who question her “facts”, a person who hasn’t written one positive thing about the community in which she lives, a person who says we need to increase educational standards but encourages parents of bored children to search elsewhere, and a person who would cut “non teaching “ staff which I fear means the staff who help struggling learners succeed. I won’t go on.
At this juncture it is important for people to stand up and question Mrs. Greenwell on some of the things she asserts before her misrepresentations continue evolving into fact. Everyone is free to make their own decisions about how they feel about things, but I would encourage them to make their decisions based on verifiable facts as well as an understanding of those facts. Lastly, I am sorry but I won’t back down from using directness in attempting to make sure that someone not only better qualified academically is invested with that 2 year trustee position, but someone who’s actions exhibit caring, understanding, pragmatism, and empathy for others.