Commissioners acted in community's best interest

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 05:00 AM


To the Editor:

I read a front page article in the Dec. 6 edition of The Herald with a great deal of interest, because I recalled another front page article written by the same reporter, Mr. [Will] Doran.

In the Dec. 6 article titled "Dialogue at issue," a big deal is made out of the Lee County Commissioners not informing the Lee County School System that they were going to vote on shifting the responsibility for school security from the school system to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The article fails to mention how many times the school system has acted upon matters that impacted the board of commissioners and taxpayers without giving them a "heads-up," including giving the superintendent an enormous compensation package, contract extensions, etc., for which taxpayers are on the hook.

The commissioners have both the duty and right to protect the safety of students and school system personnel on campuses. If the commissioners believe that this shift in responsibility is in the best interest of students, personnel, parents and taxpayers, they had an obligation to act decisively, and they did. They did this after investigating the matter and considering the benefits of doing so.

On July 27, 2012, in another Herald article, Mr. Doran told readers that, "Board of education leaders pledge to put students first." He said that newly elected board chairman, Lynn Smith, had stressed the "depth of focus he wanted put on improving the quality of education."

The commissioners have taken a major step toward allowing Chairman Smith to keep his promise. The entire school board, Superintendent Moss, parents, students and all Lee County residents should be grateful for the commissioners’ actions on this matter.

Pat Cronmiller