Connecting with facts — 5/7/2011

May 7, 2011:

“PAR4” above impugns the independence, intelligence and integrity of the seven board members by citing… PAR4’s imagination. Obviously, this says a considerable amount about PAR4, and the revanchism it represents. What it says about the seven board members is… nothing.

For instance, there has already been another 5-2 vote — on a re-hiring question. The two? Garry Gryczan and Laura Hruska. The five? Matt Sinde, Tim Walsh, John Keen, Dan Moon and Mike Welch.

I guess PAR4 needs a new theory.

The PAR4 crowd’s canard that SWiM votes monolithically was obvious long ago. Even in the referendum, there was a clear division between Dan Moon on the one hand and Matt Sinde and Mike Welch on the other.

A similar split took place over public comments on the investigation question at the March 21 special meeting. Yet another on the recent senior testing matter. Going back 24 months there are perhaps a dozen substantive disagreements within the SWiM ranks.

Thankfully, it is all in the past, but the era from which we have emerged was one in which the board majority, unlike SWiM, in fact voted as a block 99.9 percent of the time. But for those signal occasions on which Jim Marciniak voted with SWiM, i remember no votes on which there was a split, and tellingly no split ever on anything between the other three, but i would happily acknowledge one should it be in the minutes.

That the PAR4s both ignore the former actual block voting, and baselessly accuse others of block voting, should speak volumes to any fair-minded observer who takes a minute to think it through.

What we have are facts the PAR4 crowd chose to ignore, just as it chose — and chooses — to misrepresent knowingly both SWiM and the four new members, Keen, Welch, Gryczan and Hruska.

Having come to know each of the seven over the years, here is a sense of what we are about to see, and what will soon make RB the finest Illinois public high school of its size: intelligence, independence, integrity and insight.

Look closely at the seven. There are advanced degrees, professional distinctions, personal accomplishment and real-world expertise. We have a university-level medical educator and practitioner. A successful businessman. An attorney/MBA and an MBA who has served as a CFO. An IRS investigator. A designer of new products (who is more in touch with the emerging economy than that?) and an evaluator of medical doctors. To suggest that any one of these will place any concern ahead of his or her considered judgment of what is best for the community, taxpayers, parents and students is unsupported fatuous nonsense, odiously similar to the unsupported fatuous nonsense the community has been debunking for years.

One anticipates a deliberative and conversational body comprised of seven diligent members who call votes as they — and they alone — see them, that works over time consistently to improve both the administrative and educational sides of the institution they lead in our shoes.

To hear Mike Welch’s points at the organizational meeting, one suspects the board will be devotedly open and inviting to the public. Key in all of this will be Kevin Skinkis, who arrives from Bartlett, where the board is decidedly like what we have just left behind.

Since April 2007, seven of the ten board members we have elected have explicitly rejected some or all of the status quo at RB. Not one of the four incumbents up this year stood to face the voters. This spring, voters rejected a status quo referendum by more than three-to-one. I have never assayed high intelligence on the status quo side of this debate, but as to the PAR4’s out there, one may have to revise estimates further down. It is free to run re-treads in two years if that is its best interpretation of these results.

So, to make it very simple: The community has definitively found RB, great things going on there notwithstanding, to have serious problems and thus to be in need of similarly serious improvements. Revanchists may get with that, or they may report back to fantasyland. Looking backward to false interpretations, and trying desperately to advance them as new ideas, may be the best it can do. The rest of us are finished with all of that. In fact, thousands of us took part in ending it. We have already moved forward.

POSTED SATURDAY MAY 7, 2011 12:56 #
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One Comment on “Connecting with facts — 5/7/2011”


  1. […] “The community has definitively found RB, great things going on there notwithstanding, to have serious problems and thus to be in need of similarly serious improvements. Revanchists may get with that, or they may report back to fantasyland. Looking backward to false interpretations, and trying desperately to advance them as new ideas, may be the best [they] can do. The rest of us are finished with all of that. In fact, thousands of us took part in ending it. We have already moved forward.” (https://chrisrobling.com/2012/02/25/connecting-with-facts/) […]


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