It also leads to confusion on the part of potential volunteers who may feel discouraged from even attempting to become involved within the district, which in not the intention of the board or the administration. The district values and encourages parent and community involvement to help strengthen the district and the educational experience of Centerville students.
Although the administration and superintendent need to make decisions based on what they believe is in the best interest of students, we feel that the School Board should become more involved in the process of approving volunteers.
If there is a potential volunteer that reasonable people could disagree on in regards to their fitness to volunteer in a given situation, we feel it would be better for the board to make that decision in an open public meeting, which should help to eliminate any accusations against the district in regards to discrimination.
Beyond that, we hope the board will revisit the volunteer policy and include more guidelines, not necessarily for the administration, but for the public. Transparency, fairness and quality service should be the ultimate goal of any public institution.
If more specific volunteer guidelines are available to the public at large, hopefully less resentment will be present between the district’s school board and administration and the public and parents.