I'm not one to voice my opinion on politics and such but that has recently changed. I can whole-heartedly say that I am extremely angry with a group of individuals and the head of them is the superintendent of Ogden School District, Mr. Brad Smith. He and his associates have no idea what in the world they are doing to my children's and many others' educations. They have gone through the million-dollar-plus budget that was in place when they came into their positions like it was water.
They forced a contract that not all agreed upon and now they eliminating of the media specialists. Are you stinking kidding me! They aren't just librarians, they help students excel in reading, writing and college prep work. If they had read that data they would have known that.
Utah teachers struggle to make ends meet. They use their own dollars to give our children the best education they can.
Instead of eliminating those positions, why doesn't they stop padding their pockets and take a cut in pay. Boy how would that be?
Mr. Smith opted to stop funding two school swimming pools (Ogden High and Ben Lomond) after many years. His reasoning was because of the cost. Yes, I understand the financial burden, but what about the students who use them for swim team practice and competition? This is not to mention children from 3 to 80 who use them for swimming lessons and exercise. It's not like we live in a metropolis and we have endless options.
I can't get over the fact that the gentleman (using that term very lightly) is in charge of our schools and has no background in education. I believe he is an attorney.
So, yes when someone messes with the quality of my children's education I will get on my soapbox and voice my thoughts.
To conclude this you, Mr. Brad Smith, you wonder why the public school system is losing hundreds or even thousands of students to charter schools, it is because of leadership like yours.