15 May

According to confirmed information, the RCS 2012-13 School Budget has PASSED; the preliminary count shows that it was almost a tie between the yes and the no votes: 1850 to 1600. That’s very significant in terms of being a barometer in the community. What it means is that there is still a very sharp divide in the RCS community–we’ll continue to probe what factors constitute that divide now that the distraction of the budget has passed. Stay tuned!

A little over 50% the RCS CSD voters–note that this does not mean that 50% of the residents– have decided in favor of the proposed budget. The voice of the people has spoken and we congratulate those who did their utmost to push it through. Be humble!

Congratulations to Judy Sylvester on having prevailed in her campaign for a seat on the RCS CSD Board of Education! You did marvelously well, Judy, and you will serve well. You are now an important fulcrum, the swing vote in all issues before the BoE. That’s an incredibly important position and we will pray for you, that you will have the strength and the wisdom to do well in fairness and justice in all ways!

Not everyone got all that they wanted but everyone ends this day with something. That’s good in many ways.

Again, Congratulations! to you all, to the RCS CSD Board of Education, to Judy Sylvester, to the other re-elected candidates.

The business of the 2012-13 budget contest is now closed. We can now turn to other business.


Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Congratulations!

  1. Simon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    The issues surrounding this vote are not going to go away due to this one event. We still have 47% of this year’s voters thinking that the school is going in the wrong direction. Many of these issues need to come back next year, and some of them need to be addressed by this BOE even before then.

    Regardless of the outcome, I’m pleased that voting was up 74% over last year.



    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thank you, Simon, as usual! Again, you are correct. The 2012-13 budget debate and vote was a ship passing in the night, an annual flash in the pan. The issues that have to be dealt with now are chronic lesions on the community and, now with the budget uproar behind us, we can focus on those lesions and ablate or excise them. This interregnum period will be valuable for further educating the public, exposing the lesions, offering proactive healing opportunities, and perhaps even extending olive branches–being very careful that the recipient doesn’t turn around and fashion a weapon out of it though 😉

      I do feel, however, that too much credit/blame is being heaped on the BoE as an institution. I don’t really feel they are all that powerful and, despite what many may think, they can do only what the law allows; they are also, after all, the people’s choice to represent the community in matters of education and school policy. I, for one, am very happy to see yet another non-teacher elected to the board. Judy Sylvester will be in a very sensitive and important position over the next year and may very well prove to be the all-important tie-breaker. I hope the RCS community appreciate her for what she represents.

      The vote was a very important indicator of a split community. The fact that so many voters turned out is also a very important indicator of an activated community; I hope that this blog was in some way instrumental in getting some of them activated. May 15th was our peak single-day high for Visitors 😉 at more than 1450. By 7 a.m. on May 16 (today) there were already almost 400 visitors. The blog is apparently of interest.



      • Simon

        May 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        I think more people wanted to see your reaction to the results than anything.

        Under normal circumstances, your assessment of the BoE is correct. When the BoE functions properly, it instills responsibility in the Administrators to actually do their jobs properly and effectively.

        This BoE (and the BoE for 2-3 years now) has documented history (read the minutes and watch the videos!) of acting *outside* their legal functions. As a result, they themselves have taken some of the roles the administrators should be taking, and as a result our administrators look like boobs and massive wastes of money. It’s not supposed to work that way. In the end, it greatly contributes to the dysfunctional image out school portrays. A stronger administrator (Tuplesky, anyone?) goes a long way to keep folks like the unions in check.

        Unfortunately, your hopes for Judy’s role as swing vote on the BoE may be over before it even started; due to a rather public incident while waiting for the vote results last night, John may have already lost any hopes of a majority position for the next school year.



      • Fides qua Creditur

        May 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        That was my reaction. This was supposed to be factual, not emotional. Many people have tried goading me into sour grapes, publishing a vitriolic lash-out response. Why? I’d be defeating everything I’ve been pushing so far. No! My approach is an attempt at sterile fact and ethical conduct. Maybe that’s alien to many of the visitors/readers, and I’m sure some of them can’t understand why we haven’t hit the streets with bazookas! That’s their problem. When I’m chaplaining or counseling, I’m supposed to be level-headed, suspending judgment, pointing out problems and letting the counselee get on with discovering the solution him/her/themselves. It’s tough via a blog but I couldn’t possibly reach as many people personally. Ever hear of discursive activism? This is a form of it.

        Thanks for your presence and comments, Simon. I really delight in reading them.



  2. springtime

    May 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to all who fetel they have won….I personally hope for thesake of our community that the members of this community will take the time to reflect on how each of us can be better human beings and open our hearts and minds. To each other. .aybe then we might really hear and understand the concerns expressed by others ….only then can we strive to improve who we are individually …and then, with gods guidance, just maybe we can bring hope, justice, and wellness to our community.


    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

      We continue to live in hope, not expectation. Thank you for your generous and cordial words.




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