Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Granite School District Board Of Education Member Carole Cannon Reaffirms That Students Should Be Held Accountable For Their Behavior


Back on September, 2007, after the controversy over then-school bus driver Rick Kindig initially broke out, I sent an e-mail to Granite District Superintendent Stephen Ronnenkamp, and forwarded informational copies to each of the seven members of the Granite Board of Education. I posted a copy of that e-mail HERE. In it, I expressed concern about the lack of evidence that the students were being held accountable for their misbehavior aboard the school bus, and illustrated how such failure could not only fuel the voucher movement, but might even deter voters from supporting school bonds in the future.

I received an e-mail in return from District spokesman Randy Ripplinger expressing appreciation for having shared my views with the district.

But, even more importantly, I also received an e-mail from one of the members of the Board of Education, Carole Cannon (pictured above left), who represents Precinct 1. Her response was succinct: Students should always be held accountable.

I have no doubt that the other six members of the Granite Board of Education also share that view, to one degree or another. However, the fact that Carole Cannon took the additional time to reaffirm that point of view publicly sets her apart from the rest of the board. This means that if she chooses to run for re-election to the board, or to seek any other public office, she is worthy of special consideration.

The final outcome of this controversy represented a reasonable compromise. During an era when parents have been conditioned to worship their children and to assume they're never wrong, it would have been tough to defend a decision to keep the bus driver, Rick Kindig, on his route. Switching him to a warehouse job seems like a reasonable compromise; at least he didn't lose his employment with the district. I only wish the Granite School District had publicly acknowledged if and how they would have held the students accountable. They wouldn't have needed to name them or pillory them in public; a simple acknowledgement of the fact would have sufficed. But perhaps the District prefers to do such things privately.

As far as I'm concerned, the issue is resolved.

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