It is apparent that many want to continue with a school board where group think will continue to be the order of the day. I don't!
To the extent you know me through my Patch postings, you know I believe our academic core is still very weak and should be improved quite substantially. A few specific examples include:
- Increasing the number of core subjects to 22+.
- Substantially augment core subjects we have in place. For example, Chemistry should not just be Elements of Chemistry but Inorganic Chemistry. This is just an example mind you.
I don’t think we can provide everything to everyone. I relate this to a lake a mile wide and 1 foot deep (except this corner where we have a deep hole - consider our A.P. classes.) Shouldn't the lake be deeper all around?
Regarding the bond issue, I see this as a consequence of poor administrative policies over the years. We need a new building now because I consider that our fiscal and financial administration was not up to the job. When put to a vote, I found that a bond issue was necessary because of poor earlier decisions.
This does beg the question of, "Where were the other candidates during the years while this problem was developing?" Some have been campaigning for a new school while allowing the existing facilities to deteriorate; akin to a self-fulfilling prophesy.
We are repeatedly told the other candidates are well qualified. Fine. But I certainly consider myself at least as qualified as the current candidates. Why? If in my career I had allowed my departments to deteriorate to the point that our school buildings have (or our products had fallen so much behind our competition's - read: students achievements vis-a-vis those of some other national districts or countries) I would not have lasted a "New York minute."
Allow me to finish by stating that:
- I have studied K-12 in three countries as well as college and have been keeping abreast of educational issues for over 60 years. I don't consider myself an expert - but I am a fast learner.
- I do not support the academic issues being discussed in Lansing. While the objective is laudable (raising our children to be able to compete with foreign students at an equal K-12 level), the strategy is flawed for several reasons that I don't want to review in this venue.
- My Chairmanship of the Troy Public Schools Citizens Curriculum Committee (in 1976-77) was mentioned to show my interest in public education and for no other reason.
I thank you for your questions and I look forward to an opportunity to sit down with many of you in the near future.
Best personal regards,