Well, the MCTA's Rich Franz has certainly rattled the cage of failed former Mehlville Board of Education member Karl Frank, Jr.
Frank opined on the candidate profile of Franz published on a local blog: "When I read Mr. Franz's comments it literally makes me sick to my stomach. I know he means well and believes he has good intentions, but the consequences of his ignorance on the educational needs of our children are so enormously wide ranging that bits depressing to think about….Part of me hopes he gets elected so he can learn, but the larger part of me doesn't want our community to suffer the consequences of his education".
You may also remember this stirring aside by Mr. Frank: "They disgust me. They literally make me want to vomit when I think about it...I am sick and ashamed of the majority of the Mehlville community." he said after the landslide defeat of Proposition C. We think that someone should send Karl a bottle Pepto-Bismol while he is reminded of his OWN massive failure as an elected official. As taxpayers, WE are the ones who are nauseated by the power games and outright hostility against the taxpayers exhibited by Karl Frank, chairman Tom Diehl and his merry board of tax raisers.
The MCTA has endorsed Mehlville Board of Education candidates Rich Franz and Mark Stoner because their first priority is to represent the taxpayers NOT the public sector unions who presently dominate the District.
According to an interview with Franz and Stoner in the Patch, their goals are:
- The pair said it would first and foremost promote fiscal responsibility. They believe that the board has an opportunity to use the budget they’ve already been given by the taxpayers to accomplish the goals of providing the best academic environment for the students. The school district’s track record in working with little money has proved that they can handle a tight budget, Franz said. “We’re looking at a $4.8-million reduction and we think that’s very doable,” Stoner said.
- The school board needs to build its credibility with the community. Franz and Stoner believe that for the community to trust the board, they need to believe the board has the residents’ fiscal health in mind. “The board needs to be sensitive to the economic hardships that taxpayers are currently experiencing,” Franz said.
- Classroom and student achievement also needs to improve. If elected, the two would strive to see higher SAT/ACT scores and graduation rates, more students in gifted programs and a higher number of students attending college. To accomplish this goal, Franz and Stoner said that the board needs to give administrators a chance to do their jobs, and raise teachers’ standards with a level of accountability. Franz calls for a better way to review teachers. Instead of using test scores and that may cause teachers to teach based on the tests, Franz wants to involve community members in the current peer performance review process.
The Residents of the Mehlville School District should note that every school board candidate (excluding the MCTA's Rich Franz and Mark Stoner) voted for Proposition C and wants to raise your taxes. They want us to believe that they need more of our hard earned money "for the kids". Baloney!
The public sector unions and the greedy public education bureaucrats want to raise your taxes for only one reason - more salary and benefits for THEM. Forget the kids.
Franz & Stoner are the ONLY CANDIDATES who are running for Mehlville Board of Education that are committed to working for US. Vote for Rich Franz and Mark Stoner on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.