I am Cristin Patterson, a member of Douglas County Parents.
This is unacceptable. The doors to this room are to remain closed during board meetings? Even when there are signs on the doors that say “this door must remain open during business hours.?”
You won’t agree to set up a computer in the hall with your innovative 21st century LiveStream that is not compatible on mobile devices? Yet you have a link to stream the Olympics on the district homepage? You allow way more than fire code into this room for student/staff recognition but will no longer accommodate the public you are charged to serve? Who are willing to stand? You are allowing streaming in a special room to Meadow View parents only?This is apalling!
We are also appalled, though not entirely surprised, that you continue to deny wrongdoing by announcing your decision to appeal the judgement against the district for violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
In your statement, Mr. Larsen, you once again tried to diminish the Judge’s finding as “the lone claim in which the Administrative Law Judge found a violation.” You stated what she “seemed to have concluded” rather than what she actually concluded: that the Hess paper was not, in fact, “about educational policy matters important to the proper functioning of the district,” as you claim; that it was not, in fact, a neutral 3rd party observational write-up about our District’s “news” and “developments,” as you claim; that it was specifically created to favor the reform candidates, which you claim it did not, while the paper stated the importance of having a “unified school board” in carrying out further “reforms”; and that taxpayer money was used to pay for this non-neutral report that was favorable to the school board candidates on the “reform slate.”
You know, when I reprimand my children for breaking rules at home, I usually get, “but SHE made me do it!” or “it was HIS idea!” or “I only played electronics or watched TV a LITTLE!” when they were not supposed to at all. They naturally try to pass the buck when not accepting blame for their actions. I am working to teach them that those responses are not acceptable and that they must take responsibility for their own actions and own up to the choices they have made.
Mr. Benevento, you recently shook your virtual finger at one of your constituents, accusing her of engaging “in personal attacks that we don’t allow students in our district to engage” when she emailed Dr. Fagen, asking for her resignation. You stated that you know “for a fact we expect better from our kindergartners and third graders.”
My children happen to be in 3rd grade and kindergarten and I can tell you that the behavior I am seeing from all of you is what I would expect developmentally from them, not from grown adults elected to make grown up, responsible decisions. Your responses to the Judge’s ruling are not acceptable. You must take responsibility for your actions and own up to the choices you all have made. Take action to correct those mistakes! Fire those directly responsible – Dr Fagen, Rob Ross, and Cinamon Watson – and resolve to never again commit the same wrong-doing. It’s what we teach our children. It is the right thing to do.