A letter to the editor in this morning's Courier Times accuses former school board member Jason Bowman of influencing the recent hiring of an athletic director. The author of the letter, Steven Kramer of Middletown, adds that these actions represent an abuse of power and that any of the board members who were involved in this action should resign.
Please indulge me for a moment while I climb back on my soapbox . . .
1) To Mr. Kramer and all those who feel the board abused its power: I encourage you to focus on the issue, not the people. I have not seen any evidence which indicates that Bowman influenced this decision, and unless you have verifiable proof of inappropriate actions, please refrain from making baseless accusations. This makes an already bad situation even worse.
2) Instead of participating in the rumor mill, keep your argument grounded in fact. Talk about what you do know - the board, without any participation in the interview process, inexplicably went against the overwhelming recommendation of administration. Ask for answers. If you do not get answers, ask again.
3) To my fellow school board members: This is what happens when you take actions that contradict established best practices. Even if you made a decision with the best of intentions, people will assume the worst and make accusations as Mr. Kramer and others have done. I know you all wish this matter would go away - and it will, as soon as you can reassure the public that you understand their concerns and will act accordingly in the future.