From the May 10 Rapid City Journal letters (reproduced with permission by author)
School board race needs the better candidate
Rapid City schools are struggling with harsh budget realities and the need to continue to provide a quality education to all our children.Heather Gosch’s entry into the school board race should cause concern.
Of course, anybody has the right to run for school board.The problem with Heather,who’s married to a local legislator, is that her children attend private schools! How can she be an advocate and cheerleader for public schools when she boycotts those schools personally? Arnie Laubach, the current board member, has two children in the Rapid City schools, and therefore gets daily reports about what is and isn’t working.
Our state aid formula is an expenditure per student. Therefore, a parent who removes her children from the public schools is depriving them of thousands of dollars. In these difficult times, as everyone makes sacrifices, our hard pressed teachers need board members who are loyal to the public schools and committed to maintaining excellent education at all grade levels.
Let’s not put someone on the school board who doesn’t even trust her own children to the public schools. Let’s work together to maintain quality public education as we weather the current economic storm.
Suzan Nolan - retired longtime school counselor, advocate for kids, candidate for SD House in 2006, founding member of Democracy In Action, advocate for women and children
Arnie Laubach - businessman, long-time majority voter on our current out of control school board
Candice Estes - can't find anything on her online
Heather Gosch - all I know is that she is a CPA and is married to Brian Gosch, who voted against funding our schools Pierre.
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