Today's Tennessean reports that at yesterday's policy governance meeting we discussed the pay and benefits of being on the school board.
That 'it" being money.
Board member Kay Brooks said she understands the need for a computer or a fax machine but would prefer to see a not-for-profit or community group step up and supply them. Currently, the district provides the equipment.
"I just can't agree with supplying that … I would say no," Brooks said. "We're still having to deal with the perception of the board taking it away from small children."
Part of the problem in providing these items, as I've said before, is the comingling of personal and board business on the same equipment. I don't know of any way to do that cleanly and it seems best to not even go there.
When Ms. Warden expressed concern that people of means would be discouraged from running for the school board because they couldn't afford these tools I suggested that perhaps these tools could come from another source.
I was also fairly blunt in opining that anyone seeking a position on the school board ought to start with the understanding that they're adults and this is a serious responsibility. They ought to know that it will require these or similar tools and arrange for obtaining and maintaining them. No board member, or potential board member, should whine about not being able to communicate with the Central Office or other board members because tax payers didn't provide these tools.
What wasn't reported was that I announced that I will recuse myself from the vote on these benefits because I'm running for the office.