At the March 9 meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of The Chathams, the decision was made to frame the multi-faceted referendum as a single question. This was despite pleas from the citizenry to at least split the referendum into three questions. The board of education has spoken and we move on.
During the public comment section of the meeting, I was first to speak. I commented on how American servicemen and servicewomen have fought for our right of choice and our own board of education denies us such. This drew snickers from Board President Jill Critchley Weber. That was unfortunate and quite unprofessional.
Despite board members being volunteers, they are elected by the citizens of the Chathams and, as such, owe their citizenry a measure of respect. In my case, Ms. Weber failed the test. If anything, Ms. Weber, as president, is held to an even higher standard as the leader to set a tone of civility and listening to all points of view.
To have one’s comments cast aside with an audible snicker tells residents your input doesn’t count. The attitude of irrelevance and arrogance accorded to those who disagree with the board is appalling.