Submitted by KM Hills.
Monday, I attended the Clover Park School Board Meeting for the controversial vote on Diversity & Equity. There were a great number of community comments, which were overwhelmingly weighted with input from current and past educators. Not surprisingly, the measure passed with a 4-1 vote. After the meeting I attempted to speak with board member Carole Jacobs and before I could even finish my question she interrupted, twice. The second time she interrupted was when I referenced a statement, in my question, made by Superintendent Banner during his remarks at the meeting. She stated my reference was not accurate and called him over to explain. Twice during my attempt to speak with her she stepped away once to sign a document and a second time to leave. As she left she stated “I thought he could answer your question better and I have not seen my husband all day.” Well Carole the question was for you as the elected leader and guess what? I had not seen my wife all day and yet I was there seeking clarification from you as an elected official. Also, if you thought Mr. Banner would be able to answer my question better then why didn’t you stick around to see what his answer was so next time someone asked a similar question you could provide the most accurate answer?
As we spoke, Superintendent Banner and myself, both of us acknowledge while we may not see eye to eye it is good to listen and get the perspective of others. More than once Mr. Banner has been the last to leave a meeting as he and I have stayed to discuss different questions I ask. Monday Night night was no different, as all of the board members who attended in person were gone within minutes. Why do they leave the heavy lifting for Superintendent Banner? As the elected officials, in my opinion, it is their job to answer questions and ultimately be accountable. Carole you have been on the board the longest so you are most responsible for state of The District. I know there was a recent article about the Clover Park School Board: Leading from Behind thesubtimes.com/2021/09/12/letter-clover-park-school-board-leading-from-behind-with-predictable-results/ and I can’t think of a better example.
Mr. Banner I appreciate your dedication and I wish the Board had the same level as you display. When elected part of what officials sign up for is long days and Carole I am just guessing here but I expect Mr. Banner had not seen his family all day either.
This totally supports my belief that we DO need newly elected officials this November and if Carole Jacobs runs again she too needs to be quickly voted out as she DOES NOT have the District at the best interested of the community as evidenced by her above noted lack of interest in answers and the behavior of walking away.