Over the last several years, no one has publicly criticized or questioned the Cedar Rapids school district’s administration or school board more than myself. I have wanted better communication and more transparency, but I realize that within a public organization, some details must remain private.
I disagree with The Gazette’s assertion in the Aug. 11 editorial (“School board members must lead, not hide”) that the school board is hiding, not leading, and has lost public trust and confidence during the alleged sexual exploitation investigation. My trust and confidence in the administration and school board and have never been higher. I am proud to say these people are the leaders of the district and I totally support, trust and respect the handling of this issue.
Maybe The Gazette and other members of the community expect our leaders to lead from the pulpit and find it acceptable for leaders to change facts and previous statements. Most investigations are fluid; releasing information now could hinder the investigation. Since legal counsel represents some of the ex-administrators, we do not know if any stipulations were part of their retirement agreements. We don’t know if this investigation is going to start additional criminal investigations. The administration and school board are moving forward in the best way to serve the whole school district. Statements should be few and short until the investigation is completed and all the details are compiled.
I agree with The Gazette that many questions need answering. Nevertheless, we need to be patient and support the Cedar Rapids school board.