In response to my recent blog post challenging our superintendent to enter the conversation with his own blog, Superintendent Rinaldi responds,
I knew it would eventually come to this. Knowing Kim Moritz as I do, I insisted she include the disclaimer “opinions expressed here reflect the personal views of Kimberly Moritz and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gowanda Central School District” in her banner. True to form, she challenges all of us, sometimes when we would prefer to be left alone. But, now that she has laid down the gauntlet a response is in order.
It is not coincidental that after reading the blog feature in Education Week, I began to envision the benefits of using blogs to spread the superintendent’s message. But I also learned from the article that blogging is rife with problems. Would I have to censor comments to avoid salacious or false claims? If I do censor comments, am I then open to ridicule for not allowing critics to rebut my arguments? Do I want to debate on-line with disaffected residents who believe our school system is ineffective and taxes are too high? Do I have a legitimate “voice” and who in the heck wants to read what I have to say? Where do I find the time in a life already bereft of private moments? Why invite problems into my life when problem-solving already dominates my work day? How do I avoid having my opinions associated with the School Board?
I already am on public television two times a month or more expressing management’s views during board meetings and public hearings. Each month I write an article for the school newsletter. I attend school events and am a frequent speaker in the community. I am not convinced Gowanda needs more of me or that I could do justice to this medium. Someone needs to convince me there is a legitimate audience for my comments.
So here’s what I’m thinking now, maybe a “guest column” on G-Town Talks once per month?