Dysfunction isn't caused solely by one or two members of a group. We all know the dysfunction of an elected board (be it HOA, PTO, softball leagues, churches) stems from the inability for all board members to agree on something -- or as appears to be the case on the Manatee Conty School Board, the inability to agree on anything.
It is clear, and has been for some time, that there are (as one would expect) differing opinions on this board of five people. The two called out in this opinion piece are struggling to fight what they see as incongruent use of educational resources agreed to by other members of this current and the most recent board's membership. Undoing is much harder than doing and looks ugly from the outside looking in, unless all the facts are exposed.
I have one correction for Ms. Peggy Martin (Letter to the Editor, "School board remains dysfunctional," Stp. 22), and she knows this to be true: No one group wants control of our district. There are two very distinctly different groups constantly vying for this power. Over what?
One is driven by money (for some reason deemed more important than education); the other purely wants the focus shifted back to our children and their learning environment. It's really that simple.
As long as these two groups are at war in our district (evidenced by the makeup of the five board members -- alliances to the aforementioned causes are clear), our school board will remain dysfunctional and our children, the future of our community and nation, are the ones silently suffering.
Stop the madness. Focus on education. Let's move forward.
Lela Rast Hartsaw