Dear Olentangy Taxpayers,Let me get this straight: The Olentangy School District is having a staff development day at the very end of the school year. Who is going to benefit from this waste of money? The students? No, they see the end of the school year on the horizon. The taxpayers? No, they never benefit from any such silly waste of time? The staff? Yes, because they get to ease into the long summer break.
Just a reminder that tomorrow, May 22, is our last Late Start day for this school year. The Board of Education approved six late arrival days for the 2006-07 school year. The late arrival days are designed for the purpose of staff professional development. The late start is similar to a two-hour delay in that bus routes and start times will be pushed back two hours. Students may enter the building at 10:55 a.m. and classes will begin at 11:05 a.m.
The Olentangy School District
This former board member approved staff development days on condition that they would be utilized in an effective manner and, more importantly, the superintendent would have an open and frank discussion of the Olentangy State Standards Analysis report so that the public could see where millions can be saved on an annual basis (read comments on this report at this link).
Funny, once I left the board, the Standards report disappeared from future board agendas. Staff development days is certainly a vote I wish I could have back.
To borrow a phrase from John Stossel: Give me a break!
 Of course my vote would have been symbolic only, as the other four members were supportive of these staff development days. Just as, it appears, the new board is unsupportive of a public review of the Standards report. Remember this at levy time when the board and administration is telling you that the schools are yours, that they are an open book for all to read.