Council Rock School Board, Answer Our Questions About the Closure of Rolling Hills!
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As you are all very well aware, the decision to close Rolling Hills has sparked a tidal wave of anguish throughout the community. While we all appreciate the forum for public comment at meetings, it is a very one-sided process in which you listen while we do all the talking. What about a community Q&A? Why not give us parents some answers to our burning questions? For instance, if the data absolutely does not support the decision to close Rolling Hills, then why are you doing it? Instead of allowing us to foam at the mouth as we bang our heads against the wall, why not live up to your promise of "total transparency" and give us the answers we demand and deserve? What WE PARENTS feel is going on behind the scenes reeks of politics and suspicion. We no longer have faith or trust in our school board, and that is a sad and scary fact. If you really care about the community you purport to serve and truly believe in democracy and transparency, then do what is right. I am not asking anyone to change their vote. I'm asking for an explanation. We parents deserve that much. The decision to close Rolling Hills is shrouded in mystery and to many, has begun to feel like a conspiracy. Is this a dictatorship? Where are the ANSWERS we need as a community to at least help us understand what is going on—even if we don't agree? Without providing a community Q&A in advance of the hearing, you are failing to deliver on your promise of transparency. Was it all just lip service anyway?
We expect this sort of thing in Washington. We don't expect it from our school board. If you don't do the right thing and postpone the "official" vote until your community has been given the answers it needs, then you have given us NO reason to restore our trust in you moving forward and we will remain a community in turmoil—not just because of your decision, but your decided refusal to explain it to your constituents.
Be fair. Be HONEST. Give us a chance not only to voice our concerns, but to HEAR SOME REAL ANSWERS. We put you in those chairs because we believed you would serve the best interests of our children. Give us the dignity of an open discussion and help us understand the reasoning behind this devastating decision.
Lindsay Rech of Holland
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