D.158 board majority disregards citizens

2013-09-01T00:00:00Z D.158 board majority disregards citizens nwitimes.com
September 01, 2013 12:00 am

It is amazing how the (Lansing) District 158 School Board majority continues to have total disregard for the voters and taxpayers. If they could, they would make elections cease to exist because in practice that is exactly how they operate.

The 2011 election had two qualified candidates finish ahead of Robert Bonifazi, who was later appointed to the board. Once again, the 2013 election had two qualified candidates (Jeff Zupan and Thomas McSwiggan) finish ahead of Brian Stewart. Per quotes in the newspaper by School Board President Robert Wood, it appears they want to appoint “majority supporter” Stewart to fill a vacancy.

Wood tries to avoid the “majority supporter” issue by developing two new board qualifications: kids in district schools and skin color. Ironic since Wood’s kids did not attend District 158 schools.

The same majority has taken the district from a cash surplus and a 2011 campaign pledge of being debt-free to borrowing $10+ million to fund overbuilding.

- Bruce Fredbloom, Lansing

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