Emerge recently questioned Board of Education member, Jim Stowell on why he continues to blog and exactly how he remains motivated in such a hostile atmosphere. After checking to make sure Emerge wasn't some randomized avatar Mr. Stowell responded (in part) as follows:
... A lot of wrong information is shared on the blogs and it helps to keep the perceptions of the district mired in negativity. Responding to all questions is difficult, so I now take the tract someone suggested - sign your name and I'll take it in - don't and it rolls on... We have great kids in our district who deserve more opportunities than what they perceive. That is why I challenge the community to step up to help, not just be
content to sit down and blog...
I like that Mr. Stowell is conscious of the perception the community has of the District. But shouldn't the District PR person and/or her assistant be handling that?
Besides, we need Mr. Stowell's finance expertise (BS in Finance and Economics in 1983 and his MBA in 1985 from Bradley University) focused on District 150's finances, the dollars, the money, the budget. When can we see who is on that Budget and Planning Committee?