Conversely, it is key NOT to vote for:
- Cheryl McGinnis, the top current rubber stamp board member up for re-election who supported the $20 million tech bond and open schools of choice in the district,
- Kelli Horst, the top Dr. Rock cheerleader who has publicly sided with the current rubber stamp board members and Dr. Rock on anything being promoted by Dr. Rock, and was one of the ring leaders of the "Say Yes to the $20 million bond" group as well as supporting open schools of choice in the the district,
- and Theresa Adriaens, the "absentee candidate" (not attending any board meetings and off the radar at the schools) who is a staunch Dr. Rock supporter.
"The local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways.
I wish that the Clarkston Community Schools School Board would actually become a group of seven professional adults representing the wants and needs of the public, focused on the direction and control of the school system in order to ensure that the students are educated safely and to the best possible degree given the funds the district has to spend on that endeavor. That is what the school board is supposed to be doing.
I see Joan Patterson, Susan Boatman, and Rosalie Lieblang living up to those school board responsibilities. On the other hand, I see Cheryl McGinnis, Steve Hyer, Barry Bomier, and Elizabeth Egan ignoring the wants and needs of the public, not requesting the proper data from administration (financial and program data especially) that they should have before making decisions on those subjects, and allowing their direct employee, the superintendent, Dr. Rock, to take over the board's responsibilities to direct and control the school system and the board, ignore the public's comments and desires, and to keep himself and the school board as inaccessible as possible from the public. Mrs Patterson, Mrs. Boatman, and Mrs. Lieblang have requested data they are not only entitled to as board members, but the data should have been supplied to them prior to being asked to make decisions for the district. Time and again, Dr. Rock has ignored or refused their requests. A change in the board is what is needed to stop this behavior.