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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • School board needs to make major change

  • It was pretty sad to see on Tuesday night.

    A taxpaying member of the public, who is obviously hard of hearing, cupping his hands over his ears trying to hear the proceedings of the Wayne Highlands School Board.
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  • It was pretty sad to see on Tuesday night.
    A taxpaying member of the public, who is obviously hard of hearing, cupping his hands over his ears trying to hear the proceedings of the Wayne Highlands School Board.
    The reason is simple — half of the board members sit with their backs to the audience.
    This is either just not knowing how rude the setup is or just plain arrogance.
    Either way, it's time for the board — of which one member almost always calls in from out of state — gets with the program.
    A while back, a group of concerned citizens got together and decided they were going to attend school board meetings. Though the numbers have thinned, some are still consistently attending.
    And every time, they have to put up with what amounts to downright rudeness from the board.
    How would they like it if they walked into a business and had to talk to the back of someone's head? They wouldn't.
    This board needs to get with the program and start respecting the people who pay the bills. When people come to meetings, they should expect to be treated with respect. This board does treat them with respect personally, however, by having their backs to the public, the impression is just pitiful.
    The solution to this is so simple. Put the board members, superintendent and business manager in a straight line sitting at one table.
    Let the rest of the administrators sit in the audience like everyone else. There's no reason for them to sit around that big table.
    There is no doubt the atmosphere at board meetings has been different lately. When the public is watching, things change.
    But the public should be watching and hopefully some things will change.
    Page 2 of 2 - It will take the people who are attending regularly some time to comprehend just what the board does and how many issues they have to deal with all of the time.
    For that, the board deserves credit. They do have a big responsibility.
    But they also were elected by the people and that means they need to serve the people in the best possible manner.
    When people have to sit along a wall and cup their hands around their ears just to attempt to hear a board member speak, that is ridiculous.
    Board members are elected to serve and part of that obligation is to face the public and look them in the eye.
    So far, this board has decided that's not a proper step.
    The time has come for them to make the change and show the public they do care about the taxpayers and want what is best for everyone involved.
    We're not saying they don't have the best interests of the public in mind. However, when they put their backs to the public, it sends a bad message.
    Come on board, make the change.
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