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As we approach the Jan. 25 deadline for the community survey on what we want in our next schools superintendent, it is vital Douglas County hires the right person for what is one of the most influential roles in the lives and futures of thousands of residents.
Parents in this district have long been ignored and manipulated by a board majority and superintendent bent on pursuing an ideological agenda that resulted in a large number of high-quality educators leaving, and in destroying a healthy culture and long track record of achievement.
Capital needs have been neglected as this group pushed for more charter schools and online schools, along with vouchers for private schools, to the detriment of community-centered neighborhood schools.
This attempt at paving the way to privatization will take years to fix. A new superintendent must be committed to not only restoring what has been lost and damaged, but building a strong and high-demand district that values educators and puts children’s needs first always.
The right person will bring a truly collaborative and transparent approach to leadership, not one that uses rhetoric to placate and confuse stakeholders. The right person will bring a mentality of restoration and a passion for rallying the community to win again and again.
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