Dear Mr. Schultz and Members of the Board,
I would like to know if the board approved the advertisement by Reverend Canty that was published in the Sunday newspaper. Since it contains the school district seal, is the advertisement and its contents the opinion of the entire board?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Good Morning Mr. Shultz and My Fellow Board Members:
While I have been away from the city all week I understand that as chairman and perhaps others of you as board members have been questioned, as in the instance of the inquiry listed below, about the public statement I made in Sunday’s paper.
Without offense to you, please be advised that I do not need anyone to answer or defend me. My remarks are on the RECORD and I stand firmly behind every statement I made. For two months I researched news articles, periodicals and the internet attempting to better understand the issue of “teacher morale.” There is documentation for every example I cited.
Obviously, there are some folk who misunderstand my role as a board member. I have not subjugated my right of “FREE SPEECH” because I sit on the board. I would dare not speak for the board without the authority of the board; but I do not need the board’s authority to write or express whatever I feel like writing and “PAYING” for out of my personal coffers. So, whenever anyone ask about something I said or did you shouldn’t have to entertain the discussion. SEND THEM TO ME, PLEASE!!!
The Sumter School District is a positive and progressive move for this community. Yes, there are drawbacks and hindrances. We will definitely need to revisit some of our policies and practices and we must continue to improve communications and establish healthy relationships; but we must not allow a few folk to derail this process neither must we allow a regressive mentality to chart our course.
I have such a problem with questions that springs forth from obvious retardation but to squelch the matter I will address it. The Sumter School District Seal is not copyrighted, so I didn’t need your approval for that either. Further, I have 200 cards in my possession, personal cards with the seal affixed, printed and provided by the District that identifies me with the District and my recent overwhelming re-election qualifies that relationship.
Finally, I struggle to be the voice of reason on the board because I think I best serve in that role. You nor the community hear little from me because I tend to listen, process and advise; but when my “BUTTON” is pushed you will always get a red flag.
Ralph W. Canty, Sr.