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Letters: School Board, administration has sold us down the river

It is not often that I have to grit my teeth in frustration over the lack of understanding that the local editor has when addressing an issue, but his recent venture into covering for the school district's Measure A is one such time.

While it is not my place to inform him, I have to say that it is the school district's primary task to provide education for the county's children. It never has, nor ever will be, the task of the district to either provide an economic stimulus for the county or look pretty so as to attract new people and improve property values.

That being said, what is of major concern post-election is that the school board is supposed to be representative of the people they serve and protect them from anything the school's administration chooses to do that does not reflect the values of their constituency. Measure A was placed on the ballot claiming to provide the money to address crisis-level maintenance issues throughout the school district that are affecting the district's abilities to deliver adequate education.

What I myself knew, and what Mr. Chernak ("School district must spend money wisely, locally," Nov. 18) is now learning, is that in Mr. Chernak's value system there was no maintenance crisis facing the school district that they intended to address. What will become clear to Mr. Chernak as time passes is that the district and the school board wanted to buy a whole bunch of new stuff that they couldn't pay for, which will not substantially aid in improving educational delivery.

He, and no doubt, many others who voted for Measure A, are beginning to realize that the district's administration, four members of the school board, and the supporters of Measure A may have sold them down the river.

If you think Measure A has received criticism to this point, you may wish to go on the school's Web site and print the list of projects and see what kind of reaction you get then.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City

 

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