From today’s Republican American…..
Parent vote cited as key to Region 1 passage
BY LYNN MELLIS WORTHINGTON
KENT — The solution to getting a budget passed in Region 1 is for parents to get out and vote in favor of it, according to Jonathan Moore, Kent’s appointed representative and chairman of the Region 1 Board of Education. Moore suggested Thursday that members of the Kent Board of Education spread the word and encourage parents to vote Sept. 17 during the next referendum. The proposed budget, which now stands at $14.4 million, has been turned down five times since May. The fifth budget proposal was rejected by 144 votes.
Detailing what was done at the regional meeting Wednesday, Moore said $3,000 was reduced from the budget. “Do we have any reason to believe it is going to pass this time?” asked Kent board member Rob Ober.
Here are some disturbing “nuggets from Moore” (and our responses)……
Moore said he doesn’t believe parents are voting.
At every meeting there has been representation from, taxpayers, parents, grandparents, students, business people, a wide cross-section of the public (he MUST be blind not to see this)….
“I don’t think the real stakeholders are voting,” he said. “I don’t believe parents are voting this budget down.”
“Nuff said. And this folks, is why we are at a stalemate….
“They want to undue legally binding contracts. There’s no way to do that,” Moore said.
“A budget should be a reflection of a community’s values ” Moore stated. “By voting it down you’re saying you do not value education but that you value getting your own way more.”
Again, the chairman is way off base, right now, the public would settle for what the administrators did last year…cut one year off their new contract. (It was legal last year when they did it, and it would be legal this year if they did it. The dangerous thing about Mr. Moore’s comments….is that they are condescending, arrogant, and full of lies. His contempt for taxpayers, parents, grandparents, and most especially the students he claims to want to serve is astounding. Kent should replace him on the Regional Board immediately.