Sep 21, 2010

Real Readers Write

In a recent article, I commented on some issues concerning Beaumonters Embracing Transition Towards Election Reform (BETTER)
  1. Since the BISD board of trustees originally contained two at-large representatives, I'm not sure if this is reform or an attempt to return to the original structure for administering the district efficiently.

  2. The original number of petition signatures needed to get this referendum on the ballot changed.
 I received the following email yesterday from Mike Neil, one of the organizers of the group.
----- Original message -----
From: "Michael Neil" 
To: "Operation Kleinwatch"
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:49:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Explanation for the change in numbers needed by BETTER

I read on your site that BETTER changed it's numbers: "More importantly, the group has changed its numbers."

We did in fact change our numbers. The original list of registered voters given to us by the county included registered voters in voting precincts that had more than one school district in it. We also asked about registered voters who have moved and are still on the list we received. We were told that there is a suspense list for this type of registered voters and those people on that list were not counted when figuring the 15% of voters needed.

Both of these situations decreased the number of registered voters significantly. It lowered the number that we needed to sign the petition (15% of registered voters) by around 3000.

Here is a link to the story in the Enterprise.

You also said: "Since the BISD board of trustees originally contained two at-large representatives, I'm not sure if this is reform or an attempt to return to the original structure for administering the district efficiently."

Our efforts are about better representation. We are hoping that the results of our efforts is reform through a board of trustees that knows it is accountable back to the voters.

Best regards,

Mike Neil
BETTER Co-Chairman
While this issue is a bit beyond the scope of my blog, Mike succinctly addressed the two issues that I raised. His message deserved publication.

As lagniappe, I've included the following excerpt taken from a Texas School Performance Review of the Beaumont ISD and its board of trustees. There are two sections, here and here
Governance and Management

An overwhelming conclusion drawn from the community input and other on-site activities is that the BISD board of trustees has not been effective in leading the district. Texas Education Agency monitors, assigned by the Commissioner of Education, remain in the district after more than 2 years.

Micro-management practices by the board were cited by individuals; board members admitted to overextending their bounds on certain issues. District history reflects that the ethnic make-up of the board has significant impacts on how BISD is governed. Too often, board decisions appear to be based on ethnic and cultural issues rather than doing what's best for BISD children.
Here's the rest of the story: this performance review was conducted in 1995. Many of the problems noted in this report still plague the district 15 years later. The referendum that BETTER seeks to place on the ballot makes a lot of sense to me.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Gus' link to SETPolitical Review, we learn there is a new Media Czar in Southeast Texas: Phil Klein has appointed himself as Editor-in- Chief of all the newspapers and News Director of the television stations. In his new role, he has suggested -- no, demanded! -- they immediately end coverage of the WO-S football tragedy and turn to HIS issues: suppression, corruption and bedbug infestation. Expect him to comment on his new position while continuing to slime Port Arthur when he speaks to that city's Rotary Club tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Gus, debunk that bullshit breaking news story Klein just put up. The rest of the media had it a week ago.

http://www.kfdm.com/news/lawsuit-39446-county-learned.htm

Anonymous said...

For a total Dufus that does'nt know the difference between plaintiffs and defendants, who does this Bozo think he is? This article (term used loosely) is all a lie. This guy is embarrassingly stupid.

Anonymous said...

The death of the player, while tragic is a bit overboard. Every year, a student ( or two die) at local high schools, be it wrecks, cancer etc., yet there isn't the coverage given to them there has been to the kid from WO-S. I am sorry he died, but where is the support from other schools when other kids die? Vidor wearing numbers to honor the kid, Lamar wearing number #12.
Are other kids out of luck because they didn't die playing football?
I don't agree with a lot of of what PK says, but he is right on this one. The media is going overboard.

Anonymous said...

The death of the player, while tragic is a bit overboard. Every year, a student ( or two die) at local high schools, be it wrecks, cancer etc., yet there isn't the coverage given to them there has been to the kid from WO-S. I am sorry he died, but where is the support from other schools when other kids die? Vidor wearing numbers to honor the kid, Lamar wearing number #12.
Are other kids out of luck because they didn't die playing football?
I don't agree with a lot of of what PK says, but he is right on this one. The media is going overboard.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the double post.

Anonymous said...

Overboard, maybe, but remember the death of the West Brook girls in a tragic bus accident is still rehashed. Their deaths affected changes that will save lives; perhaps that of the football player will, too. The problem with Klein is he actually believes the media is in a conspiracy to take the spotlight off of what deems news. He argued that point today on KBTV.

Anonymous said...

Lest we forget that Klein referred to them as "smelly little girls"