At the March 3 board meeting, Monona Grove School Board member Jill List reportedly said that Monona citizens whine about lack of communication, question the administration, and seek delays, with regard to important items – like the closing of Maywood School. She then said that Cottage Grove citizens never seem to have these problems. (She also made motion, according to fellow board member Jessica Ace, to have the Maywood closing vote moved up to March 10 – but she could only get Jason McCutchin to support her, so it didn’t fly.)
First, please make a request to the School Board Superintendent, Craig Gerlach, for an open records request so we can have her specific comments. The Rag would love to know specifically what was said.
With regard to us whining Monona folks, I guess it’s a bit obvious that no one is shipping your kids to Monona. If that happened, Jill and the other board members would have people coming out of the woodwork talking about how they didn’t know anything about the decisions, about how they needed to reconsider, etc.
As for questioning administrators and the board – darn straight we should question them. It’s not just our right, it’s our responsibility to do such things.
The board, and the referendum supporters like Jill List, made bad decisions five years ago to put this referendum on the ballot in the first place. They said the Monona would get to keep 6th grade, get to keep Maywood. They said it would work. And these same experts – many now part of the board – are now saying it’s a mistake. Where were the ‘experts’ and people like Jill List five years ago – why weren’t they saying, ‘We need to have 6-8 graders together. Maywood is not feasible long term and shouldn’t be saved. We’ll just have to remodel Winnequah again in a few years.’ They didn’t care, because they got the school built in Cottage Grove – long term health of the district be damned.
So, sorry, Jill, if you feel put out with regard to people questioning you, the board and the administration. It’s the bad decisions of the board and the referendum supporters to put the referendum on the ballot five years ago that are causing these issues today. And sorry you feel so put out about answering questions from the very people that you represent. We hate to tell you this, but it’s part of your job.