Local Views: State of the Stillwater School District

I’ve done a lot of reflecting over the past couple of months about the state of our School  District. Where we’ve been, where we are now, and what’s ahead.

Our schools have been closed, friendships have been damaged, the community has changed, children and parents have been hurt. The roller coaster that has been our district for the past two years, has changed me personally.

I have spoken up and found a voice in me I knew was there, but maybe was hidden for a while. One of the not so good changes has been that I have become disenchanted with people at times and how the world works. I admit I have been naïve about our school board.

In the past I never questioned that their intentions for our community and our children have been nothing but the best. I have come to realize that’s not true. I think there are members who have lost their way. What’s best for kids is a concept that’s foreign to some and the ability to crush the questioners of board and administration’s decisions has become the number one priority.

References of ‘healing’ by our superintendent and board members have been made, but there has been no follow through. It’s just a word.

What has occurred are tactless articles being disseminated via District newsletters. Remember the pamphlet that was mailed out, “Building The Future-Fulfilling the Promises of the Bond 2015”?

I don’t see many promises being kept except for a continuation of lack of transparency and thoughtful, individualized decision making. I cannot count the number of times I have heard people say that every time they receive these mailings from the district it’s like a punch to the gut. I agree.

I truly believe that until the November 2018 elections occur and this community steps up and votes out those members of the school board who have harmed our communities, our children and families, nothing will change.

We are stuck with a board that is stuck in the mud.

Where are the positive, innovative ideas being brought forth for thoughtful discussion by all board members?

All I see is a lock step attitude between some board members and the administration. We can’t even look to the future because some are too worried about maintaining the control of the past.

  • Teri Nelson

    Kristie, Your words capture my thoughts. Thank you.

  • spunkygarden

    Excellent article Kristie. Took the words out of my mouth. Thank you for your hard work and leadership.

  • Tony Snark

    These past two years have been a Jungian Masterclass on “The Shadow Self” from all perspectives. The difference is that some of us choose to embrace it while others choose to ignore it.
    From what I have seen in your writing, I would agree that this past two years have been empowering for you. However, I would be remiss in not pointing out that you clearly entered your most recent round of “reflection” with a roadmap. All of your milestones where predetermined, and subsequently confirmed. True reflection only comes when you drop your preconceptions, let the path take you were it goes, and let what happens happen.
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  • Carl Blondin

    No children have been harmed. All students in the District now have better educational opportunities. Wasting money like you want to do is what harms children.

  • Randy Marsh

    “Where are the positive, innovative ideas being brought forth for thoughtful discussion by all board members?”

    What a bunch of self-serving garbage. This is so rich coming from people pushing for the status quo at the expense of the other 95 percent of the school district. Positive change is underway, you just selfishly choose to ignore it. The only thing that can slow down this district is people you and the wannabe martyrs who want their pound of flesh, even if it’s at the expense of our children.