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No, the reality is they DON'T have to use a UNION to pay for the job - if the Union would step aside and allow an outside contractor to come in they job can get done for much less.
"Strenuously" disagree - LOL. Don't hurt yourself.
I agree, don't blame Mick Miller!!!
Who should be blamed is the WWSD Board. If they would just listen and give the bond a rest they might have a chance of passing it. Walla Walla has grown weary of them asking the same thing over-and-over again. They think if they just put a new spin the bond that Walla Walla will all buy into it. That is not working - clearly!!! Instead, they need to listen. They are not. I do think Walla Walla will pass a bond for a new Wa-Hi, however, it won't be anytime soon. As for putting the blame on Mick and thinking a new Super Intendent will ensure the passage of a bond, then they are mistaken. The only way this bond will pass is if they give it a rest and get the costs down to a reasonable level. The WWSD Board needed someone to blame for the bond not passing, so they are laying it off on Mick. Good for Mick for seeing the writing on the wall and finding a new job.
I will say no more than Mr. Wilkins made some horrendous mistakes while the AD and he was NOT a team player. He is all about DON and what will get him further. Things have not been shared with the public. The coaches and players know what happened along with the parents. It was either step down, be fired, or the school district would get sued.
Who really should resign is the WWSD BOARD. They are an ineffective group. Everything needs to be a fresh start and overhauled. Let's start with Anne Golden, she has been there entirely too long. Let's clean house. It's time.
Is it really necessary to publish every detail of this tragedy, NO! It won't help anyone heal and will just make people more sad. Keep this private and let the familes grieve.
As long as this is a government bid job where the cost to build something due to Union labor and such the cost to renovate and build a new school will be ridiculous. If the job was bid for private purposes I am confident the cost would be far less and voters would pass it. The district can show how much it costs, but these are the costs they want us to see and are inflated costs - because it's the government. They are bound to get bids within the Union and companies contracted, which will always yield a higher cost. There is money there to remodel and upgrade, they just have to look for it, shuffle things around and do their job at being fiscally responsible. Until I see this happening I will continue to vote no. They need to put their own skin in the game and use some of the money that is there to remodel and upgrade - even if it's one class at a time. My belief is if they do something to show they are trying to work within a budget that Walla Walla will support them. Until then, all we see is inflated costs and a board that doesn't listen to their task force or to their voters and all bonds will be illfated. Baby steps - one class at a time. Perhaps the money they just used to upgrade the school district office could have been used for a classroom?
You nailed it on the head - they didn't lie - they just bypassed the task force and surprised them. What is the difference - bypass and surprise. They were unaware of the Boards decision. So, why have the committee or task force if you aren't going to listen and bypass them? A bunch of fluff that the WWSD has to do to meet requirements and "say" you are listening. You are not. Just get rid of the committee and do what you want anyway. The bond may be for the kids, but what we teaching them? Spend money you don't have? Don't pay off bills and just incur another more? Don't use common sense? I could go on. Clearly Fatherof5, you work for the WWSD or are on the Board.
While I may not know Kelly Cox or you, Jerry, your letter proves again why I won't vote for the Bond - they lied to the Task Force that they organized to help get a Bond passed. I quote (from you, Jerry) : "I can assure readers the decision to place a new science building on the spring ballot was as big a surprise to the Walla Walla Public Schools Facilities Task Force members as it was to them. You've just proved once again that we CAN NOT TRUST THE WWSD OR THE BOARD. Fire them all. Except Samuel Wells.
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