I’m a newcomer to Whidbey and this beautiful state. So, if the reader wants to stop reading now I understand. After reading the Opinion page of Oct. 19, 2013 in The South Whidbey Record longevity on the island holds greater significance than demonstrated readiness to serve.
I give perspective to my opinion: I’m retired with service as a district superintendent, university professor, and consultant to numerous governance teams and district leaders. My wonderful Whidbey life is merely 13 months. And my opinion is based solely on what I read about Bond and Gianni.
A school board is responsible for policy, goals, fiscal solvency and prepared district employees through performance oversight of the one employee supervised by the board, i.e., the superintendent. Kids win when a high functioning governance team is elected.
Betty Bond is ready to serve. Her communication style seems open and receptive. Her track record is strong and her interest seems to be focused on students’ successes. Past board members who understand board roles and responsibilities wrote support for Bond. However, Ms. Bond’s tenure on Whidbey is not a lifetime.
Rocco Gianni received qualified Editorial support; the editor noted concern for Mr. Gianni’s listening skills and misplaced passion/emotion. Apparently Mr. Gianni likes kids and was a coach and teacher. Yet, in my analysis, Mr. Gianni’s preparation for school board falls short. Leadership experience is not evident; yet, I’m confident he’s a longtime resident of the community and likeable. For me, residence time isn’t qualifying.
Are “nice” and residence time qualifiers? A successful collaborative leadership track record is my qualifier.
A fresh perspective with extensive experience dedicated to quality education is my choice. Betty Bond hasn’t lived a long time on Whidbey. Her preparation and heart for service is long. This newcomer will vote: “Betty Bond, SW School Board member.”
MARTY BEERT, ED.D.