"Not part of the solution? Then you are part of the problem."
Karen Carpenter and Julie Aranibar have been part of the painful turnaround of this school district and are leading the difficult plan to make things better.
The opposition doesn't propose solutions, they cite past problems and barely acknowledge the phenomenal positive gains this district has made.
The district has come through hard times. Everyone has been hurt, disappointed and fearful. When the district took a tumble like it did, everyone was on edge.
The changes required to make us whole have had huge ramifications. It is unfortunate people have experienced anxiety.
Change is hard and this change has been especially hard. The corner has been turned because of brave board members who brought previously hidden problems into the light.
Additionally, many of the changes people have experienced come as a result of state and federal requirements.
From my view, student scores, finances, support for teachers and plans for the future are clear. A plan is in place with checkpoints along the way. The district is on track for more future gains.
It took a long time to get into this mess and it will take time for full healing. Huge steps have taken place; don't let any veiled comments lacking facts make it appear different.
Is anyone else tired of talk with little content and nameless sources? Aren't we ready for stability and achievement?
If we, as informed voters, do not support Carpenter and Aranibar, this district will come to a stand still. It will mean going backward and starting over. Our students can't afford this, and I hope the community won't allow this to be the future direction.
Let's be a part of the solution; work with and vote for Carpenter and Aranibar.
Steve Graham, retired teacher