A.B.B.B. (for me)!
In my opinion, re-electing Frank Brunner to the Manatee County school board would be a huge mistake on the part of Manatee County voters. Mr. Brunner has already served on the Manatee County school board, from 1996 through 2006.
During Mr. Brunner's last three years on the school board, Dr. Roger Dearing was superintendent. Most Manatee County residents remember this "era" as part of the "good old boy" network of school administration politics.
During the reign of Dr. Dearing, the school board members, for the most part, would agree to every wild scheme that the "good doctor" would present to the board. This included having the school board sue Manatee County to the tune of tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars in legal fees.
From the news articles I have read it is my understanding that the school board's financial "woes" began during Dr. Dearing's term.
I would encourage Mr. Brunner, as well as all current and potential school board candidates, to look and learn what their responsibilities are/would be in Florida Statutes # 1001.42
So many of us think that the superintendent of schools has the final say; not so, nothing, repeat, nothing is done without school board approval.
During our financial troubles, it was as if all the blame was being directed toward the superintendent. When, in fact, the fault should actually be shouldered by an apathetic district school board.
We are doomed to fail again in the future, if we do not learn lessons from the past. A school board member should investigate and question issues before just going along with the superintendent's recommendations.
We got in a financial mess because school board members did not adhere to Item (12) in the Fla. Statutes.