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More issues raised as former Kingsland board member speaks out


Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Al Williams lives in the Kingsland district, he was on the Wykoff school board during the consolidation with Kingsland and he has also been on the Kingsland school board. Williams coaches youth sports for Kingsland and has for many years. He served eight years on the Wykoff school board and four on the Kingsland board. He opted to not run for re-election and many district members believe that if he had, the current debate in the district between community members and school board members would not even be occurring.

Mr. Williams sat down and addressed many questions posed by the Kingsland school district community members. He offered his insight and opinions as a former school board member in hopes to help the district understand how and why the current decisions are being made.

Question: What do you feel is important for community members of the Kingsland school district to understand about the decision process to move to one site?

Al Williams: The way I understand it, most of the public does not understand how the board makes these decisions based on committees. The committees are made up of two board members and then, in my opinion, others handpicked by the superintendent to come out with a recommendation that he would want to send to the board of education. There are no rules or guidelines that he needs to follow for committee members. He can choose whoever he wants, whether they are tax payers or not. In my opinion and based on my experience from being on the Kingsland school board, he picks employees who don’t feel comfortable saying anything because they want to keep their job. There is a conflict of interest; the reason, I feel, board members vote yes when a lot of times they don’t really know what’s going on is because there are two board members who are part of that committee and you think that their thought was the way it should be. At the beginning of the year, board members volunteer for committees (like the finance committee, athletic committee) but the committee for this issue here [going to one site and closing the middle school], board members were probably asked if they wanted to be on it because it isn’t a standard committee that you have every year. I was told that when this particular committee met, they were told by Mr. McDonald [Kingsland’s superintendent] they were not there to decide on the closure of the Wykoff middle school site and that had already been decided by the board; .....
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Hold the congratulations for Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media has been ..... 
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I shoulda been a kicker

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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In the wake of this whole Richie Incognito thing, and with the Big Game coming up, my mind is drawn to good old American Football, and what it means to be a football player. You see, we’ll watch those modern-day gladiators march into the chilly air ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Taxpayers deserve full disclosure

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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I recently received a phone call from John McDonald, Superintendent for the Kingsland School District. He was urgently requesting to meet with me regarding some alleged misinformation published in a couple of articles that appeared in the Fillmore C ..... 
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Here are a few thoughts on this and that

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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Not long ago Adrian Peterson lost a child. I thought he showed considerable strength through this ordeal. He even played in a football game the same week of his child’s death. That is what I thought. Initially anyway. Until I found out that this ..... 
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A K-12 facility at Kingsland: Is it best for students?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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By Jeff Erding The December 30 edition of the Journal contained an extremely well done article by Jackie Horsman. It was based on an interview with Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald. The subject: the proposed move to a one site location as un ..... 
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Greetings to the new year!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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During the holidays my husband and I visited our son, his wife and two sons, 8 and 5 and their little girl, 3, in Cottage Grove. The children never stopped moving except at night when they were sleeping. They figured I was there to play with them. T ..... 
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One Moment, Please... So, this is 40?

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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No, I’m not talking temperature. I’m talking about my age. But, I’m guessing that after nearly a week of being held hostage to an arctic blast, a number like 40 sounds pretty good. That’s 40 degrees to the positive. Isn’t it amazing ho ..... 
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Trust... but definitely verify

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year. That number is 12. It’s the percentage of Americans in a December Quinnipiac poll who said they trust the government ..... 
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