As President John F. Kennedy said, "The very word, secrecy, is repugnant in a free and open society, and we are as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings." I am reminded of his words due to a recent controversy brought forth regarding HUSD closed sessions and feel compelled to address the concern from my personal perspective.


School board actions taken in secret are almost never a good idea, particularly when they address student safety issues. Parents have an absolute right to ensure that their children are in a safe and nurturing educational environment.


A year ago, I decided to run for a seat on the HUSD board because I felt that: (a) students were no longer the primary focus of the controlling HUSD board majority, (b) parents were a neglected stakeholder, and, (c) HUSD governing processes needed to be more open and transparent.


I still emphatically want to ensure that our kids remain our primary focus, parents/guardians are an integral part of all our decision-making processes, and exclusive of the narrow and limited exceptions provided to governments to engage in decision-making in closed sessions, that we are open in our actions.


The public has right to know what it is we are doing and why we are doing it. I ask you, the citizens of this wonderful community, to consider a couple of questions. Do you feel that you have been included in HUSD decision-making endeavors prior to the decisions being made? Do you feel that the HUSD board has clearly provided the reasons for their actions over the past few years? Were you fully consulted and informed on major HUSD issues such as huge long term non-voter approved debt obligations, HUSD facilities and the construction/ maintenance of them, recent land purchases, busing, budget constraints/ cuts, curriculum and its impact on your kids, class sizes, the public's ability to freely and openly address the board, or the risks and benefits of any number of any other issues that have a direct impact on your child's education?


These are but a few of the questions that I feel compelled to face as your elected representative. And I will continue to fight for the students, parents, taxpayers, and wonderful employees of our HUSD community. It ain't always pretty and it ain't very much fun, but I think that someone has to do it our kids deserve the effort.


In my opinion, a controlling board majority on the HUSD has thwarted and been non-responsive to these ideals. I believe that a current board majority ignores extremely competent, rational, and fully articulated administration recommendations on a host of important HUSD issues. I do not believe that the controlling board majority even considers if the decisions they are making are in the best interest of our children. Many of the board controlled majority actions do not ever have the reasons for them even stated publically. It is hugely frustrating for not only a board member, but also for a parent of children attending school in this district.


But a controlling board majority can do whatever it wants. We have seen that for years now. This is why effective mechanisms for protecting minority rights are essential to the success of any democratic process. And I believe that students, parents, and taxpayers are considered to be a minority by the current controlling HUSD board majority.


I can assure you that I still represent these groups as vigorously as I am able too. If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with my service, let me know. Do you have an issue of concern that is important to you let me know that too. For the many who reach out and express their appreciation for my service I am eternally grateful. I can always be reached at 887-2288 or 949-7417.