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Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role

March 03, 2010 - It's sad on what's going on with Clarkston Schools.

It's hard to believe some members of the school board shut their eyes and covered their ears so long and so hard they didn't know about troubles ahead.

Now that they've opened their eyes they're absolutely "shocked" by everything going on, meanwhile schools around us have prepared, making choices to ensure stability.

Over the past three years, I've walked through many of the halls in Clarkston schools, talked with many teachers, and students. I get excited when I see a student excited about learning math, science, and technology; because he and his classmates can build a robot with their knowledge; or when a kindergartener proudly shows off her "in the lines" coloring.

School administrators / boardmembers remind me of other governing bodies nearby. It seems they forgot why they were elected or hired. It's about inspiring young minds and preparing them to be the next engineer, teacher, astronaut, journalist, or even president.

Instead they're taught teachers can be replaced, classroom sizes can increase, programs which enhance their learning ability can be cut and while others that make administrators' lives easier, are added.

I have been told of the corruption in the system, where the focus is no longer on enriching young lives, but safeguarding checkbooks and jobs.

In the past we have asked the district to open up, be transparent -- show us their check book. We have offered a half page a week worth of space in the Clarkston News/Penny Stretcher for free, so the district could use to keep residents informed, and thereby actively involved in the district. The answers we have received, only keep us all in the dark.

I think, they think we can't handle the truth. Maybe they're just trying to hide something. We'll never know.

I would also like to thank school boardmembers who have openly asked questions and sought information not readily available to them (or us) in order to gain knowledge. Their efforts, and theirs' alone help ensure a better future.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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