Speaks at RRPS School Board Meeting
(Read speech below)
Fear is a great motivator, but rarely makes us do anything we are proud of. Rio Rancho Public Schools has shown its fear in recent months. Fear of losing funding. Fear of losing students. Fear of competition. Fear of losing status as the big fish in a little pond. Fear of change.
I’m sure Cibola High School had this same fear when the Rio Rancho School District was formed and they lost the Rio Rancho students. Rio Rancho High School also felt the impact from the formation of V. Sue Cleveland High School. Many teachers, students and athletes defected to the brand new school, leaving some at Rio Rancho High School feeling like the red-headed stepchild.
Change happens, whether many of us like it or not. Parents want more options for the education of their children. This is not an insult to the teachers or administrators of Rio Rancho Public Schools. It is a simple fact. Bigger schools do have more challenges and families fall through the cracks. Some kids need the closeness and accountability that a smaller school provides.
The families of Rio Rancho deserve choice in education. They also desire it overwhelmingly. Funding semantics and formulas aside, this school board should stop all legal action to prevent AIMS from coming to Rio Rancho. Stop letting fear dominate your actions and motivations. Ironically, the parents of the children you were fighting so hard to keep, will be transporting their kids all the way to AIMS at the UNM Main campus this year, in spite of your actions.
If our School District cannot handle another successful school in its domain, then we’ve got a bigger problem to deal with, because fear is driving this bus over a cliff into a sea of mediocrity.