A part of me wishes I could write the script for the upcoming election of the Amarillo Independent School District board of trustees.
If I could dictate how this election should be determined, it would have to be on the issue of school board and administrative support of educators who work directly with the children who attend the city’s public school system.
You know where I’m coming from, of course. My issue is predicated solely on the shameful exhibition of cowardice exhibited by the school board when a highly regarded girls volleyball coach resigned after one season at Amarillo High School, which has developed one of Texas’s most vaunted girls volleyball programs.
Kori Clements turned in her resignation letter that blasted administrators and board members for failing to support her in the face of a parent’s gripes over the way the coach was parceling out playing time for her daughter.
The school board remained silent. Administrators did, too. The coach resigned. Members of the community stood up for her; so did several members of the Sandies volleyball team.
The worst part of this story is that the offending parent — who hectored the coach and allegedly made an unannounced visit to the coach’s home to hassle her over playing time — is a member of the board of trustees.
The board accepted her resignation without comment.
So, AISD’s constituents — those who pay the bills with their property taxes — are left to still wonder: What gives with the school board?
Three seats are up for election in May. Two of the incumbents are running for re-election: Jim Austin and John Betancourt; a third one, Scott Flow, did not file for re-election.
I want all the school board candidates to answer the question directly: How do you guarantee that educators have the support of the administration and the board that they deserve?
Hey, I don’t live there any longer. I remain deeply interested in this story and hope it plays out eventually the way it should.