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Reader Opinion: Strategic plan

Why is the School District Superintendent rushing to hire a new Strategic Plan consultant before the newly elected Board can be fully seated?

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Strategy: a plan designed to achieve a larger, overall aim.

Tactic: a carefully planned action which supports achieving the strategic goal.

How often does a strategic plan need to be re-done? Sure, tactics may change more frequently, but less so for the strategy.

I doubt the District strategy has suddenly become obsolete.

Why is the School District Superintendent rushing to hire a new Strategic Plan consultant before the newly elected Board can be fully seated?

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Is it because the new strategy will demand tactics the electorate has demonstrated it will not and does not support? This lacks the transparency the District touts, and reeks of dishonesty.

I don't understand how waiting one month changes strategy so dramatically it requires addressing it before seating a new Board. After all, voters made a pretty clear statement about the make-up of the Board just weeks ago.

These newly-elected board members should be the ones deciding if the strategic vision needs alteration or not.

Why, even out-going board member Tom Haglin questioned the timing of this decision.

Then there is the matter of expense. Consultants presented options which will cost taxpayers between $5,000 and $31,000.

To top it off, Board member Kevin Boyles arrogantly said he didn't think cost should be a big concern. Apparently, being fiscally responsible is like “shopping in the $5 bin on Black Friday.” He's mighty cavalier with our money.

A full 50% of the school board will not be allowed a voice in this decision if it proceeds at next week's School Board meeting.

You made your voices heard in the election.

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Let them be heard again by contacting the School Board and superintendent and demand that this decision be tabled until the new members can address it.

Tony Bauer

Nisswa

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