to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
School District and Ethics:
As former students, educators, and community members of the Cottonwood
School District, we are bewildered by the comments and questions circulating
through the community regarding the proceedings taking place within the
school. Perhaps bewildered is not the correct term…rather…SHOCK and
DISBELIEF would be better descriptors. We may not be current community
members; however, the majority of our family still resides within the area
so we keep abreast of the current affairs. We have always held the
Cottonwood School District in high regards, but if what we are hearing
has any merit to it at all, then our opinion, as should the communities,
will change drastically and not for the better.
We have been hearing disturbing information regarding the drug testing
policy, coaching strategies, lack of teacher evaluations, hiring practices,
miss-use of funds, loss of grant monies, and nepotism, just to mention
a few. We are not going to discuss each individual issue and our
thoughts on them, but we are going to discuss the issue of Ethics and Ethical
Ethics is the branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to
human conduct, or morality. Ethics is concerned with distinguishing
between good, between right and wrong, and between virtuous and non-virtuous
characteristics of people. We bring this up because we believe that
the community has the right to know that the School Administration has
a code of ethics created by the Idaho State Department of Education and
the Idaho Professional Standards Commission that they are bound by.
Likewise, the School Board is also held to a code of ethics created by
the Idaho School Board Association.
The code of ethics for Idaho Professional Educators can be located
on the Professional Standards Commission website at www.sde.idaho.gov/site/psc/
. The code of ethics for School Board Members can be located on the
Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) website at www.idsba.org.
We would also like to bring your attention to another document, ‘Idaho
Ethics in Government Manual’ created by the Office of the Attorney General.
According to Lawrence Wasden, Idaho State Attorney General, “all of
us who accept public office, whether elected or appointed, also accept
an ethical duty to serve honestly and in the public’s interest. Responsible
and ethical public officials hold themselves to an even higher standard
than mere compliance” (Idaho Ethics in Government Manual, August 2008).
We present this information to the community because the school board
and school administration work for YOU!!!!
We leave you with these two comments:
“You can’t run a society or cope with its problems if people are not
held accountable for what they do.” John Leo in the U.S. News and
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's
character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln
Joann (Enneking) Storey
Eileen (Enneking) Holden
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