Glover and School Board Questions
Even when major commitments of time and effort have been devoted to a project, even you realize work has been based upon bad assumptions, it is better to cease work, admit errors and commit to new and better direction. Invested energy is irrelevant when faulty logic has hampered the decision process. This is clearly the case with several local governmental projects. Those in control now must ask only one simple question: “What is the right thing to do now?”
Mayor Glover and the Caddo Parish School Board (CPSB) both have been operating under poor basic reasoning processes. It is now illogical for both to continue on their present course with the two projects that are on the front of each public agenda just because “they already exist in the form we find them today”. The matter had to be worthwhile in its own right. What was invested in the past is already past, and need now is to avoid wasteful activities.
The question is not the amount of time and energy either Glover or the CPSB lost to their causes or poorly invested in bad decisions, it is a question of value today and in the future to citizens of the future. We, Caddo and Shreveport citizens, must jointly agree that the commitment of our leaders has been in vain, leaders have lived in the pursuit of poor judgment and poor causes. Now we must help them change “our” course.
The net effect of future work, commitment and completing their existing terms in office must be to move in a better direction. Adding to the net value of the community or making current and future citizen’s lives richer, these are the things future work and decisions must represent.
Mayor Glover can make it beyond the dog park with the assistance of others., because as we have said many times, “It’s not about a dog park.” It’s about recognizing responsibility, facts known and commencing to do the right things.
The CPSB can recognize the basic fact that the guts of the Midway system, leadership and framework, are rotten and must change. Continuing the same methods will not change the results. Outside change is better than repeated inside failure.
We don’t pretend to know the answers, but we do believe we have an appreciation for what is “not” a methodology for success. There is no devine inspiration for success, but the public needs to be in on the decision making along with representatives from the broader community.
With the mayor’s issues, that broader community is the city council and citizens who took the time, resources and efforts to develop master plans and committed to see them brought in the direction that has been advocated as the “opposition to the mayor.”
With the CPSB’s issues, the citizen panel that unanimously determined that the outsider values of Dilworth were worth a gamble over the insider experience of Robinson to be the next superintendent is central. The locked CPSB vote seemed to never consider the value of a citizen panel they chose… this indicates their opinion of their own choices.