School Board Dysfunction

Dr. Joe Harrop:

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made School Boards.” – Mark Twain in Pudd’nhead Wilson
I was somewhat dismayed by the article in last Saturday’s Daily News about the sudden thud in the bargaining process between the Red Bluff Union Elementary School Board and the teachers’ union. It was a year ago last August when I congratulated the District and the teachers’ union on the agreements they made to stave off fiscal problems for the 2009-2010 school year. Based on the article in the Daily News things are not so harmonious at this point. I have faith that in a community like ours things will work their way out, but it is difficult to tell given the limited statements made by the School Board representative and statements about filing a grievance or an unfair labor practice charge.
Saturday’s article was followed up by coverage of the School Board meeting on February 8; it was equally dismaying.