MVSD trustees, the community is disappointed concerning the public ads and letters from you this past month.

Lot Smith stated in an e-mail sent on March 2nd that “We want fully open negotiations so we will not place any limits or restrictions on how this session proceeds. Hopefully we can work toward a resolution.” I attended that meeting, and the two board members present, Casey Smith and Rebecca Warden, showed no interest in negotiating. After receiving the teacher’s proposal, they walked out without any feedback. Casey Smith’s Shopper ad [March 12] stated “specialty” teachers should not have their own positions and “classroom” teachers should not “stand down” and take on extra duties. Are English, math, science and history more important than PE, art, music, shop and family and consumer sciences? I implore the board to research the importance of a wholistic education, and how teaching our children a full education is of the highest importance!

Our board appears more concerned with their own property tax liabilities (direct violation of the Code of School Board Ethics contract each one of them signed) than what is happening with costs to our students, their futures, parents, teachers, our schools, and community. There appears to be no understanding of what would happen to property value if our levies fail and our schools diminish. Our community will dismantle without a quality school system. Working, taxpaying parents will have to make a choice about where to relocate for a better school system and better jobs for themselves.

Kirstin Jensen


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