Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
After reflecting about the craziness that occurred during the Anthony Wayne School Board meeting yesterday and the lack of compassion from those who sit on it, I did a little research.
Motivated by the words spewed by AWS Board Member Doug Zimmerman, where he proudly boasted about his sleep being un-impacted by the bullying treatment of a 10 year-old girl with Progeria, nor the district’s response to her bullying; I wanted to see why there was such arrogance by those people elected to govern the local education policies.
What I found was shocking and disheartening.
According to Ballotpedia; Ohio law does not allow recalls of people elected on local school boards. * Let me repeat this fact.* In the state of Ohio, the only elected official the voters can not recall… are locally elected school board members.
If you wanted to know why no one on the AWS Board apologized, why no one showed any compassion, empathy nor sympathy; it’s really simple, they didn’t have to, they can’t be fired and recalled by the voter.
This simple exclusion from normal recall election laws is the sole reason why School Boards and Districts can treat families the way they were treated yesterday.
This law must change!
If the AWS School Board can treat a family with a progerian child, the way it did yesterday; ignore public demand for change, refuse to express any apologetic statements to the community nor the affected family and can not be recalled, then here is where the problem lies.
This is why the only elected officials in the entire state of Ohio, who are responsible for the safety and education of every child, act completely “untouchable”, because they are. They do not have to listen nor act because they can’t be recalled.
After being elected, the only way these Board Members have to answer to the Voters is when it comes to levies, which if levies are voted down/against will also punish the children of the district. They make us punish our own children if unhappy with the way the school board is governing policy and adhering change.
If you want to know why bullying continues to exist in the Anthony Wayne School District; because it can.
You can’t stop those who can stop it.