School board member Dave "Watchdog" Miner has come under public criticism by Chairperson Julie Aranibar. She made comments online that Miner "feels empowered to act as an individual rather than a board member." She cites his outrage over an employee falsifying his resume, for a highly sensitive position, as a reason the school board is low performing. I believe Aranibar needs to look in the mirror when pointing fingers at the reason the board is deemed "low-performing."
Aranibar recently had a distraught parent comment on her election Facebook page. The parent accused Aranibar's opponent of discriminating against a student with a disability, a serious claim.
Rather than Aranibar responding appropriately (as an elected official is required to do), she replied, "I'm sorry and yes there are many folks who tell me she follows no rules. ... Voters have a way of seeing through the B.S." Then, she reposted the comment to her personal Facebook page. Aranibar followed her ego to pursue her individual agenda rather than behave, as the law requires and with no regard as to the validity of the claim.
When voters elected "Watchdog" Miner they were fed up with the chaos and personal agendas. Mr. Miner is doing exactly what his supporters expected him to do, expose the wrongdoing in the school district and be a watchdog.
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Miner has opposed the illegal selection of the security firm, which is a liability. Now, he has discovered an employee in a highly sensitive position falsified his resume among other missteps.
I didn't support Mr. Miner when he ran for office, but I am grateful that he is proving to be the "Watchdog" his supporters wanted. Ms. Aranibar could learn something from Mr. Miner rather than using a sensitive student issue for political gain in her campaign.