Reader questions mailed-in note

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2007

I’m writing this letter as an open question(s) to the person(s) who mailed the postcard back to the Concerned Citizens Coalition received in the mail. It was attached to an informational flyer inserted in the Peninsula Clarion’s May 25 issue. The postcard states, “The process is flawed, your school could be next: I ______ support the reconsideration of the Sears/Mt. View consolidation. The process now in place did not allow adequate opportunity for the public’s input and, therefore does not have public support and confidence. In addition, the negative consequences of the consolidation were not predicted, and time constraints given were unrealistic, people could not fully understand the process. The time line for selection of a new principal was only eight days, clearly not sufficient time for public input. We demand fair representation for all citizens of this district and we expect the KPBSD Administration to explain why this is in the best interest of our children and to answer all of our questions and concerns.”

There’s a place for a signature, district and optional phone and e-mail.

You scrawled across it in permanent black magic marker the words “A little bit a little late! Way late!” The return address listed on the front was “148 N. Binkley, Soldotna, AK (no zip).

My questions to you are :

1. What were your intentions by your statements? For instance, did you mean, I’m sorry, we’ve screwed up, but there’s nothing that can be done now? (To which I respectfully disagree.)

2. Is it too bad it’s a “done deal” and you were too late voicing your concerns? (Again, I would have to respectfully disagree.)

3. Do you work or live in central office? That is, after all, the return address listed. If so, you forgot to include your name. Or was that intentional?

4. Is this your idea of a joke? If so, you need to work on that, as you’re not funny.

Anyway, it’s never “too little, too late, or way late” to correct any mistakes that are hindering our children from getting the best education possible. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If your answer is 1, please plan on attending the KPBSD board meeting today. (It’s in your basement.)

Gina Kiel


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