Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence. She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie votes that would have required us to drag Ms. Normandin away from her family for a vote.
What would satisfy the need for “this to be debated openly?” Perhaps delving into all the details of the emergency to be sure she wasn’t ditching school for a case of the sniffles? Or better yet debating whether Ms. Normandin should be forced to run down to the school board meeting during a family emergency? Maybe we should debate whether she and her family have any right to privacy? How about we debate hiring yet another administrator to keep an eye on board attendance and make sure their bosses aren’t playing hooky.
I’m for debating the expense of another election. Some might want to debate about ditching the democratic election and appointing someone to fill her spot. Given what has happened, perhaps how about requiring background checks and physicals for all candidates and their families before the election?
Maybe, though, the debate should concentrate on who exactly would want to serve in an unpaid position where when your family needs you most you are required to drop everything for a vote on what type of tree should be planted near the baseball field.
Sarcasm aside, I have three children in the district and I voted for Carol Normandin. A plurality of us did and as George W. Bush so eloquently put “elections matter.”
Carol, Mr. Flores has it wrong. We don’t need a debate about what is going on in your life to pull you away. He is right about one thing though, our kids need you there looking out for them. Don’t worry about us right now though. The kids will be fine. It is the summer after all. Take care of your family and when the storm is past come back as soon as you can ready to keep our school district on track.
Sam Eidt, Laguna Beach