Some recent news articles made significant mentions that my husband, Lee Muns, was not in attendance at the Board of Education regular meeting on July 27. While your reporting was accurate, it did not state why my husband was not present and seemed to allude that he was avoiding a vote on some important issues.
Lee would never purposely avoid any issue or vote. He had notified his colleagues that he would not be present and voiced his concerns with some of the proposed policy changes. Lee went so far as to request these proposed changes be posted on the school system's Web site for the general public to review and provide feedback. He was told they would be posted; however, it never happened.
The reason for my husband's absence is that we were attending a dinner at the Governor's Mansion for members of the Professional Standards Commission, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents and the State Finance Commission. During our time, Lee was able to meet with one member of the State School Board who will be chairing the State Board's committee evaluating QBE funding formulas and will present recommendations to the governor and legislative body for corrective action.
During his tenure on the Board, I have seen my husband as the odd member out on some issues. For that he is neither proud nor disheartened. Lee has asked the tough questions, challenging his colleagues on some issues and agreeing with them on others.
There were 5,363 people who placed my husband in this position. He has never taken this responsibility lightly. Lee votes not just for his district, but also for the 19,000-plus students in our school system. Lee's goal has always been for this Board to become more pro-active. Columbia County continues to have a great school system, but we must, as the 4-H motto says, "make the best better."
We are not No. 1 in Georgia, therefore leaving room for improvement. Our dropout rates have risen; we must no longer look negatively towards these students. During Lee's tenure, he informed me that 1,000 students have dropped out of school and no one can tell him what has happened to them. We must make every effort to see that each child walks across the stage and receives a diploma.
My husband and I both sincerely hope that members of our community will take the opportunity to attend at least one school board meeting during the year. While this paper does a great job reporting on our school system, it cannot report the detailed dialogue that takes place during discussion of the issues. It will give them great insight to what is being done or maybe not done to ensure their child's academic success and will certainly wake up their Board representative.
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