RS for RS offers a suggestion to the Rockwood School District BOE…..Simply LISTEN
June 4, 2012 2 Comments
This coming Thursday, at the Board of Education meeting, Dr. Borchers will present potential options for a community engagement process. (See our previous post – May 29th).
Stakeholders spoke at the polls on April 3rd and there was a 10% loss of community support in construction bonds from 2010 to 2012. To find the reason for the loss of community support we suggest Board Directors and District Officials;
- listen – without an elaborate complicated “process” that takes 6 to 9 months.
- listen - without delivering “key messages”, which you have already done through the Guiding Change Processes of 2010 & 2011, and the Superintendent’s Listening Tour of 2010.
- listen without a formal presentation.
- listen without an immediate rebuttal.
- hold a number of meetings with stakeholders during the months of June and July
- have a fair number of Board Directors and Superintendent Cabinet personnel present at each meeting to hear and acknowledge the stakeholder input
- provide a variety of meeting locations and times (early morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evenings) reaching the different segments of our district community
- record the stakeholders’ input so there is public record of the feedback
Request the stakeholders to answer 4 basic questions
- What do you value in Rockwood?
- What do you want changed in Rockwood?
- What are you willing to do without in Rockwood?
- What are you willing and not willing to support in Rockwood?
“First we need to know what is valued. Before we can make any kind of decisions. The intent is not to do one thing or another, the intent is to get information and then move forward based on the information gathered”, Board President Janet Strate
“We can’t adopt a process that is going to take us into the middle of next year. We need to make some decisions fairly quickly it seems to me”, Board Director Steve Smith
represent the people
We have witnessed the decision making process of the Board of Education, Dr. Borchers and his Cabinet and how the results of those decisions have affected our community; good, poor or indifferently
It is time to turn the tables on the process and simply listen to the people who are represented by the elected Directors on the Rockwood Board of Education.