I sent Trustee Gila Jones a quick email yesterday to express my thanks for how she stood against the inappropriate new books being proposed for our literature classes. I also took the opportunity to express my disappointment that the board left our Area 2 seat open. I didn't really expect a response, and I kept it short on purpose. There's no need to beat up on Ms. Jones, but since my own representative no longer exists, I might as well express myself to her.
So imagine my surprise when I received an auto-reply from her trustee account. The auto-reply itself is not surprising. We're all working hard these days and sometimes business or resting takes you away from your email. Nothing wrong with that. But it was the response itself that raised my eyebrows.
Gila is right that the entire board influences the entire district. No argument there. But they are not official representatives of every area. Her own designation is as a representative of Area 6. It says so right on the CUSD website Trustee page.
According to CUSD's own Trustee description, Area 2 is currently without a representative.
Regardless, there are many things that used to be policy/law that we no longer abide by, as the law has since been changed. It used to be illegal for women to vote, but we don't bring back that notion when elections get strained. Black Americans used to be forced to sit at the back of the bus, but we don't bring back that notion when public transportation gets crowded. Whether or not CUSD used to be an At-Large board is irrelevant to the representative model it operates under today. Area 2 parents are not stupid for believing their board seat is vacant. Their board seat is vacant.
We would have appreciated an answer that didn't depend on what the law used to be. The board had their reasons for leaving the seat open. Ms. Jones' response would have felt more helpful if it explained those reasons.
We are the voters and the taxpayers. Whatever Ms. Jones and other Trustees choose to explain to us or not explain to us, the fact remains that our Area 2 seat remains open until November, and we look forward to the opportunity to once again install representation for Area 2 on our Trustee board.
You can help us fill the Area 2 seat a representative who puts parents and students first this November by donating to my campaign and staying tuned to this site to find out how you can volunteer to help in the coming weeks and months.