Letter to the Editor

OMS public hearing

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I attended the public hearing on the sale of the Middle School last Monday night, March 16, 2020, followed by their regular meeting and, after reading the minutes published on the school website, I wondered if I had been at the same meeting. Oh, that’s right – the noise from the HVAC system in the OES gym was so loud that nearly all the conversation and dialogue of the meeting were drowned out.

Whoever decided that the meeting should be moved there due to the COVID-19 virus regulations certainly had to be aware of the noise as they set up for the meeting. We asked several times for people to speak up so they could be heard and who had decided to hold the meeting there but got no response on either issue.

I wanted to hear from the board members about their concerns in the sale of the middle school property if they had any as well as those from the public, but the noise prevented this. According to the agenda, the board was to talk about staff resignations and hiring and the budget and next year's school calendar, but they were also obliterated by the rattling of the pipes and vents.

As the board members ended the meeting, they are asked if they have any thing else to say. When they got to John Klopstad, he said that now that the issue of the sale of the building is over, he hopes that the board and the community can begin to work together as a cohesive unit for the betterment of all concerned.

After sitting through this meeting, where nearly all the information could not be heard, I wonder if this board truly wants this to happen. Their total lack of transparency in issues like these raise my concerns about their willingness to share information with the taxpayers. When I walk into a board meeting, I always get the feeling that it is them against us and not as a cohesive unit working for the betterment of our district. We all need to work toward a common goal, and this sense of divisiveness is not the answer.

Thank you,

Cheryl Aumer