JE School District: Moving ahead, with caution

On the heels of Paula VanMinos' questionable contract and news that the Jordan-Elbridge School District Director of Operations had been spotted entering interim Superintendent Larry Zacher's Skaneateles apartment at night and leaving the next morning, the JE school board finally took action the community could get behind.

The board ended its run with both administrators at a special meeting Monday May 16, to the thunderous applause of those in attendance.

We commend the board for taking quick action in this case, though how the contract was approved 6-3 by the board in February remains a mystery.

The next day, the school budget and all other propositions put on the ballot by the board were rejected by voters. That the budget had been drafted by administrators fired the day before must have impacted some voters, but we feel most community members were already leaning against a spending plan that would raise taxes 7 percent and cut 26.7 non-administrative positions.

It's unfortunate that propositions to provide added funding to Elbridge Free and Jordan Bramley libraries were harshly rejected, as this seems to reflect the community's distrust toward the board, not the libraries.

This is just one negative effect of a school board losing the trust of its community. We're ready to move ahead, but with great caution.

We hope the three board members taking office in June will breath new life into the school board's decision making process.

All three have expressed a willingness to bring back suspended administrators if they are found innocent through an objective process. This attitude gives us reason to hope.

Incoming Superintendent James Froio's appearance at Wednesday night's meeting could not have come at a better time. We're optimistic about his plan to partake in a series of discussions with the community to help this district move forward.

We'll leave off with his inspiring words from that meeting:

"We will forge a pact designed to help us do what we're all here to do: create the best educational environment we can for our kids. I'm very confident that we'll be able to do that."

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