On Feb. 14, we attended a Gilbert school board meeting. It’s an election year and we wanted to put names with faces.
We arrived and found a board room full of high school FFA, FBLA, and DECA members from Gilbert’s high schools. We learned the board was issuing proclamations honoring FFA Week and Career & Technical Education Month.
During the proclamation readings, three board members, Lily Tram, Staci Burke and Shane Stapley, behaved inappropriately by whispering, giggling and refilling water glasses.
Afterwards, Stapley issued his own unofficial proclamation: “If the pork production students need a motto, ‘Everything tastes better with bacon,’ would be a good one,” which he followed with laughter. What an inappropriate statement, Mr. Stapley. If you had listened to the proclamation you would know that the National FFA organization has a motto, and students studying pork production have bigger goals than providing you with bacon.
These students and teachers showed up because they wanted to. These students acted maturely and with respect. In my opinion, three Gilbert school board members didn’t reciprocate. I say, lead by example, it’s a great concept.
To these students, I applaud you. Congratulations for being part of organizations that hold you to high standards. To the teachers, I thank you. You indeed lead by example.
Our district is trying to make the phrase “World Class” synonymous with “Gilbert Public Schools.” I find it disappointing that several board members exhibited the furthest thing from world class.
In the end, we achieved our goal. We know who won’t get our votes, now or in 2014.