At the first Board of Education meeting, held only two days after ballots were counted, the Rockwood Board President Bill Brown (elected by his peers in a 5pm Work Session) set a new tone in his statement to taxpayers:
“Tonight is the first night in a long series of steps toward the rebuilding of a spirit of community that exemplifies what was the Rockwood that educated my children and me.”
“It is going to take a heroic effort on the part of every one of us. Putting aside our differences will require a great deal of energy from both sides: Those who believe in our district and those who question it.”
Newly elected Board Vice President Sherri Rogers read the following statement:
“The board has very important work ahead of us. We have two new board members, 4 veterans with 2 years or less of service. In addition we will appoint a new board member. We will make mistakes. This will not be intentional. You will not agree with every decision we make. Please know the decisions we make are made with the best intentions of the district as a whole.
I encourage constructive feedback delivered in a respectful manner. The voters indicated they wanted to see a change in direction. I wholeheartedly agree. Going forward things will be different. This is not a criticism of current or past board members. These are different times and call for different approaches. I look forward to working with all parties, students, parents, teachers, staff administrators and community members, to identify and implement solutions to our problems.”
“I ask you for your patience and support as we begin the healing process.”
Newly elected Board Director Loralee Mondl:
“I just want to say how honored I am to be serving on the school board. I am taking this position very seriously and I have been impressed with this board thus far. We just came out of our closed session. There were some very good conversations. We want to do some very, very good things for this district.”
“I also want to thank the teachers and the staff for everything they have been doing these last few years. Despite everything that has been going on, our teachers continue to get up every day and teach our kids.”
“We plan on being very visible, very open and out into the community, so I am hoping we will regain your trust.”
Newly elected Board Director Jeff Morrell:
“I would like to second Loralee’s comments and tell you how honored I am to serve on the board. I have been impressed, having gotten involved early on in this process before the elections, with the passion that the taxpayers, parents and citizens bring to these meetings. I want to encourage you to continue that. Tell your friends, neighbors and all stakeholders to get involved and get engaged because this is your district.”
“In the 36 hours that we’ve been formally engaged, up here, I am also confident that this board is the one that will support all of your objectives. It’s clear this is going to be a great working dynamic to keep Rockwood a very special place.”
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions is committed to working with the Board of Education on improving transparency and fiscal responsibility. We are encouraged by the Board’s new approach, direction and tone. RS for RS will continue to provide oversight and suggested solutions to the myriad of issues facing our district.
*The above quotes are excerpts of the Board Director’s comments. To hear the complete Board Comment portion of the April 4th meeting, click here