The resignation statement from our Walla Walla Public Schools superintendent a short time ago revealed what many thought. Our superintendent seemingly was hired as a salesman to pass school bonds.
After yet another Walla Walla High School bond failure he accepted blame and decided “to fall on his sword.”
In fairness to the superintendent, the science building bond failure was the fault of the School Board members. They insisted on rushing a bond vote, ignoring the advice of the High School Facilities Task Force Committee.
Sometime before this Wa-Hi bond was proposed, our superintendent said: Another bond defeat could embark us on a losing pattern of bond failures hard to recover from. He was probably right.
For all intents and purposes, his tenure in the Walla Walla School District ended after the public knew he was looking for another job.
Our superintendent spent countless hours hobnobbing with expensive architects and consultants working on Wa-Hi proposals. That wasted money could have remodeled part of Wa-Hi.
If superintendents are primarily salesmen for school bonds, maybe we don’t need one for three or four years, thereby saving our district $500,000.
From a series of past actions the School Board lost taxpayer trust. Thus far it has refused action to regain trust.
The Board member and the district official who recommended and led the charge on the defeated science bond, together with one or two other firmly entrenched School Board members, should “walk the plank” with our superintendent.
Numerous times, I’ve suggested the School Board use part of the $5.2 million unallocated cash reserves it had in September 2013 to remodel the science building.
Is the science building unsafe and ill-equipped like the School Board and others claimed during the bond election, or were those claims fallacious balderdash?
If the preceding claims are true, and the School Board has the wherewithal in its hands to correct those problems but refuses to do so, then it is in dereliction of it is prerequisite obligations.
Why does the School Board refuse to mitigate science building problems when it has cash available? It doesn’t need bond passage. Remodel as much as available funds allow.
It’s time to show some leadership.
The School Board members should treat the $5.2 million cash reserves as the people’s money, not their private piggy bank to spend as they please.
School Board refusal to rebuild trust in this case will likely and rightly doom all Wa-Hi bonds for years.