Grand Regional Voices does, always has and always will fully support the best possible education for our children with quality teachers, excellent curricula in the best facilities this community can afford. While we fully support our children and their education, we cannot support the Bond Issue presented by ISD 318. Looking at it’s entirety, we see the development of this project was flawed from its inception. The entire project, including design, construction, project management, etc., has been driven by vendors, primarily FJJ and not the needs of our children and the District as a whole at a cost that the community cannot afford.
Isn’t it ironic that Superintendent Bruce Thomas got high marks on his annual review by the school board? I would think the main goal for Bruce Thomas was to get the school bond issue approved. We all know that the school bond issue was resoundingly rejected in last fall’s election by the taxpayers of ISD 318.
This was the main reason Bruce Thomas was hired and he failed in epic proportions. How much money was spent by the proponents of the school bonding bill? What were the money sources? How many man-hours were wasted on this effort? Could there have been a more effective use of this time?
This issue drove a huge wedge between the school board and its constituents. It will take years for the wedge to fade away.
I’ve been involved in receiving and giving annual reviews. The first thing to be considered is the status of the annual goals? Were the individual goals achieved? It would be helpful to know the goals for current year and the previous year. Did the school board set his annual goals?
An annual review is a key item in evaluating a professional’s performance. If there is no constructive criticism and key goals are failed to be addressed, the person undergoing a performance review is being handed a dis-service. If you are an elected official executing this type of performance review, you have also failed your constituents.
Questions to Ponder for the “Grand Gathering”.
1. Is the process to pick a city or county administrator flawed by vendor input and sponsorships to the League of Minnesota Cities or Association of Minnesota Counties?
2. Should the County and Blandin Foundation stop funding the IEDC? Are they aware of any influence pedaling to other sponsors? Has IEDC improved the economics of the area?
3. Should the County of Itasca put the choice of Elected Executive on the ballot as the form of County government?
4. With the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average wage has the Blandin Foundation been a detriment to the area?