With the MCSD coming out of a critical financial and operational collapse, now is a time that we as taxpayers must make proper choices of who will represent us. Fortunately, we have a very talented superintendent and senior administrative staff.
Unfortunately, we have had a dysfunctional and disruptive board because of two members. One has wisely chosen not to run.
However, Dave Miner is seeking re-election. In 2012 I strongly advocated for Miner. I had watched him orate and chastise the various boards for the previous 14 years. I felt if we could get him on the “inside,” he could evolve from a watchdog into a guide dog. Unfortunately, instead he has evolved into a bad dog — some even proclaim him a mad dog.
He has turned into a self-promoting, divisive person who is not only guilty of breaking board policy but committing illegal actions. His colleagues on the board recognize his lack of leadership skills and have not only failed to promote him from vice chair to chair but have had to marginalize him to lesser status. He has cost the district thousands in legal costs by not responding to requests for documents and proven himself to be a very poor team player.
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Fortunately, an alternative choice is available, Misty Servia. Misty has demonstrated dedication and leadership in education volunteerism and parental involvement and other civic matters She has been in the private sector and understands transparency and fiscal responsibility. In my years knowing her I have always found her to be approachable and receptive to idea exchange and new views on an issue.
As proclaimed by the editorial staff of the Bradenton Herald and numerous responsible leaders in our community, she is by far the best choice to represent District 3 on the MCSD board. I strongly urge you to vote for Misty Servia.
Richard T. Conard, MD