New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
OMI neraid-Zeitung■ Sunday, March 13.1994
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If Watson and his bunch don’t like the way I represent the public, then they are welcome to work to prevent my re-election. (However, this is a moot issue.
The powers that be have gerrymandered the election districts so that when my term is up I will be ineligible to seek re-election.)
If my objections to ongoing violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act aren’t enough, then let it be know, too, that I object to the broad brush by which I am being painted by those who claim to have the best interests of the kids in mind.
It is this same dynasty that has put us into the mess we’re in right now. We have trustees who have been on the board nearly nine years each (and recently lost two trustees who serv ed even longer!)
Yet, every effort is made to blame my 22 months on the board as the cause of I) the lack of long range planning; 2) the inefficient management; and, 3) the lack of facilities alternatives.
•How do they expect the public to buy the notion that my occasional NO vote causes all the problems?
•When I vote NO I am constantly on the losing end of the ballot; yet the wild bunch expects the public to believe that I’m somehow responsible
for what all of the other trustees’ consistent decade-long-mn of YES votes have caused.
•To say that it’s La-La-Land is an understatement.
Watson wants to indict my credibility by suggesting that my missing one non-action discussion session with some TEA guru is a dereliction of my responsibility as a trustee.
•I’ll match my record of visiting schools, talking with teachers and listening to the kids, against any trustee, any time.
• The Texas Association of School Boards recommends that trustees receive 32 hours of board training credit during their three year term. Presently I have 31 hours of credit, and I have 14 months left on my term.
•Actually, the expectation is that the trustees receive 26 hours during his first two years. By the standards set by the TASB, I’m well ahead of schedule in my training. Oh, well, Watson sees it differently. Numbers may not be his long suit.
Watson seems to have a little trouble with other facts, too. He reports in his editorial that “in December, the board elected to not replace Tom Potter.” Oh? What ballot was that?
•The fact is, Agenda Item X was designed to consider the method by which Tom Potter’s vacated seat would be filled. I made a motion that the seat be filled by voters at the regular school
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• So Watson sees the tie vote as “the board elected to not replace Tom Potter* 7 Wrong. A decision was not made. Or, was it? The board president seems to think that he had the consensus of the board to bring Potter back. But where was that vote taken? It didn’t take place that night — at least, not publicly.
•But then, one trustee said something publicly that night about taking a straw vote. Did that happen? Wouldn’t
that be prohibited under the Texas Open Meetings Act? Bingo.
Tom Potter said to a radio audience of KGNB that he was told by the board president there was a consensus of the board for him to return to the board. Oh, wow. I didn’t vote for that. When did they vote for that? I realize a 4-2 ballot would have easily created a legal consensus for that to happen.
•However, no such vote is in the public record. So how did it happen?
(The remaining portion Douglas Kirk's column will be printed in the Wednesday issue of the Herald-Zeitung.)
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