EDITOR’S NOTE: The following, e-mailed to the Region 14 Board of Education chairman, was received for publication in Voices.

Ladies, Gentlemen:

I write today to express my support for Dr. Olzacki.

Region 14 has, for the first time in more years than I can remember, a superintendent who understands and represents the region’s values. He has assembled a professional team unlike any the region has had in the past, and they are delivering an education experience that is preparing our students to succeed in the most competitive global environment mankind has ever created.

The problem is, people are not getting the message.

You will recall that when I ran for reelection to the board, my platform was to establish transparent communication with region stakeholders using technologies that made the board and the public accessible.

Our latest collective experience with gossip, innuendo and misinformation demonstrates once again the critical need to create the tools to provide accurate information in a timely manner to a skeptical public. Some of what I’ve read in newspapers and what was provided to me as circulated on social media is reprehensible. Its accuracy is questionable at best. It is certainly harmful to everyone.

We need to establish the protocols and build the tools to ensure everyone has access to the facts, all the facts, and a deeper understanding of the administration’s powers and limitations, and the board’s authorities and responsibilities.

I am prepared to assist when the board is ready to make the commitment.

Edward S. De Cortin

Woodbury

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