A flawed school process

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

What was the city thinking, or were they thinking? The vote to build the Valley school lost by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. When the city appointed the committee to decide what to do next, they stacked that committee with people in favor of building a new Valley school. How is this fair? In order to be fair to the vote, the committee's makeup should have at least been split 50-50, or if they were going to stack it in favor of one side or the other, you would have thought they would have stacked in favor of the prevailing side.

If the committee had been more balanced, would the discussion, deliberations and decisions been different? I think so. The city, by so stacking the process, has just disenfranchised 51 percent of the voters in Juneau. How are we as a city ever going reach a consensus with the odds so stacked in favor of one side?

This has been a very flawed public process.

Mark Kelley


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