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QUIT MEDDLING, SCHOOL BOARD

Re: School Board feels left out

story, July 2

I was encouraged by the recent headline indicating that the Pinellas County School Board felt "left out" of decisions made by superintendent Julie Janssen. It seems that Janssen, charged by the board to reduce spending by $26 million, has struggled to meet that policy decision in a timely manner. It appears that the board now wants to get involved in operational decisions that are the responsibility of the superintendent.

There will be no educational reform in Florida as long as school boards - particularly those whose members are paid, given offices and engage in constant meddling in operational detail - feel "left out" when their chief school officer makes decisions that impact operations.

No professional school administrator would want to take a job that comes with a meddling, egocentric board of education.

John Mason, Clearwater

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Re: School Board feels left out

story, July 2

Forget teachers; bring in managers

The job of superintendent is equivalent to CEO of a large corporation. She is paid to make difficult decisions. Let her do her job.

The School Board is made up mostly of former teachers whose only management experience was making decisions to scold Jenny for pulling Sally's hair. Few, if any, handled multimillion-dollar budgets, and it shows.

Idea! Let's remove all the former teachers and elect people with management experience.

Robert C. Freeland, Seminole

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We should all be glad for libraries

Wow, do we need our libraries! Have you noticed how commercials have taken over television?

A library gives us a wonderful place for knowledge and entertainment. For young people, it is a joyful place to explore. Hurrah for libraries!

Vivian A.L. Erickson,Clearwater

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Midnight Run appreciates support

On behalf of the Kiwanis Clubs of Countryside and Dunedin, I would like to thank the St. Petersburg Times for your continued support of the Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease July 4th Midnight Run. This was the 31st annual and perhaps the most challenging, since it had rained most all day but stopped in time to allow the set up and races to proceed.

I also want to thank the volunteers, sponsors, law enforcement and others who were part of this wonderful event, which has raised more than $600,000 for Kiwanis children's charities during its tenure. Most of all, we thank the participants, runners and walkers who made this all possible.

Tom DuLaney, Tarpon Springs

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