Journal News reported: Eastchester schools seeking residents’ concerns through focus groups
“This is really about the school board trying to connect with the community and get a sense of how people in the school system feel about the needs of the school district,” said Bruce Dennis, a former Bedford school superintendent who will serve as the moderator.
Trying to connnect? Why was there ever a disconnect?
Dennis began by asking attendees why they thought a $20 million construction referendum failed last year by 85 votes.
“The referendum failed because the school community did not come out to vote,” said Manfred Moses, a resident and longtime activist in the town. “No matter what you say about the opposition to the referendum, they came out to vote. If you want to blame anyone, look in the mirror and take a look at yourself.”
No school officials will attend these meetings, Dennis said, as a means to allow residents to speak freely. Dennis said he will compile what is said into a report he will present to the school board next month.
Maybe they should try tis in New Rochelle. This would be a change from the usual tactics (click here)of filling the room with employees.