Here's what this campaign is about:
Ensuring equal opportunities in curriculum and programming for all students
Providing our students and faculty with safe, healthy, technology-driven learning environments
Committing to our neighborhood schools
Guaranteeing responsible stewardship of public funds
Celebrating the diversity within our district
Engaging parents to become active participants in the schools
Making data-driven decisions with measurable results
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Falling into the Donut Hole
You see, up until this Monday morning, there was no clearly stated district policy regarding candidates visiting a facility. Most, if not all, of the nine candidates have toured numerous facilities in order to see firsthand what is needed at each location. If the campaign process is a prolonged job interview, then it seems pretty smart to me to actually go out and learn about the job, just in case you end up getting hired.
I know other candidates have toured other facilities with me with the school principals present. There was no indication from our administration that visiting a school was frowned upon. This is entirely evident in that numerous principals were willing to make themselves available for candidates to tour their respective facilities.
I did not file a facility room request at City High because I did not use a room and I was not holding an actual listening post for the public. My public listening posts have been at the Coralville Public Library, the ICPL, the North Liberty Community Center, the Senior Center, and Coach's Corner.
Which brings me to the next thing, Hills. It has been reported that I held a public listening post at Hills on Tuesday, August 13. That is not correct. I visited Hills that evening from 6-7 pm at the invitation of the Coalition for a Greater Hills Community who held their meeting at Hills Elementary that night. I had contacted them to learn more about the community of Hills and hear their concerns. I would assume that since the door was unlocked and they were there, that they had filed a proper facility room request.
It is disheartening to me that my ethics have been called into question by individuals and media outlets over the last two days. I am committed to running a positive campaign focused on the issues. I will not let these insinuations and allegations sway me from my real focus, which is our children and their education. They deserve it.