'Be respectful in disagreement'

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Once again, it's been an honor to serve as a board member on the School District of Beloit Board of Education.

You might recall last July three school board members simultaneously resigned from the board. Sixteen community members stepped forward to fill the three-seat vacancy. John Wong, Jeff Klett and I were chosen to fill those vacancies until April 2019.

These past few months board members have dedicated countless hours to overseeing the district operations, improving board governing procedures and conducting a thorough nationwide superintendent search, which resutled in the hiring of Dr. Munro.

The board has also made some tough and unpopular decisions these past few months. Within these decisions the board is aware of situations or has information that is sensitive and legally protected. The board is held accountable because they are legally obligated to follow open meeting laws and whenever there is doubt, the board seeks legal counsel. I would like to remind our district stakeholders that your board of education members are people with integrity who are devoted to making decisions in what they believe to be in the best interest of all students while maintaining fiduciary and legal responsibilities.

Citizens who disagree with board decisions have many options to express their opinion. They can speak to the board in public business meetings, contact individual board members, use a social media platform and write letters to the BDN editor. But it is harmful to all when inaccurate information or biased opinions are publicly expressed to discredit individual board members. I really don't know, but I do wonder if unwarranted personal criticism is partly why the three board members simultaenously resigned last July.

So, as new board members are sworn in to serve our district, I hope citizens who disagree with board decisions are respectful.

Nora Gard

Beloit

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