Prepared Text for Board Meeting –
Marc A. Schare
Tonight, I have two things I want to mention.
is our first board meeting since Paul Cynkar has
announced his intention to accept a position elsewhere. While I’m sure we will
have ample opportunity to shower Paul with praise, I wanted to briefly mention
one anecdote. Those of us who lived through the campaign from hell in 2001 will
never forget it. We were truly a divided community, the district had major
financial issues and a significant minority of residents didn’t trust anything
that was coming out of this building.
About a month after that election, Paul emailed me out of the blue asking for an opinion about declining enrollment and in particular, what could be done to involve “the greater community”. After a brief exchange, Paul invited me to join the declining enrollment committee. The point is that he had no reason to trust me but he thought it was important that all views be heard as the district wrestled with what was bound to a difficult, emotion filled process. In doing so, he not only wanted to solve the declining enrollment problem, but he had as a secondary goal to set a new standard for openness and transparency. The final report of the committee, “Saving Dollars and Making Cents” is still, in my opinion, one of the finest, most comprehensive reports the district has ever produced and it stands today as an example of how tough decisions can and should be made by involving the entire community. I’m sure that Paul will leave many legacies, but the current era of a peaceful community where all voices can be heard and respected and invited to participate in difficult discussions will be the one I remember. The best way we can honor his 25 years of service is by continuing that tradition.
My second comment involves some data that I wanted to share with the board. One of the assumptions we’ve been laboring under for as long as I can remember is the percentage of houses in
Paul Cynkar is a true visionary having recognized the dynamic of a small percentage of houses and voters directly exposed to