Let me begin my letter by stating that my children are grown and are not students of the El Centro Elementary School District.
My concern lies as a taxpayer and citizen of the city of El Centro. I feel that a governing board representing the public's interest as a whole should be a group that has the same makeup of the population of the community, which they represent.
I feel that the board's interest is not one that represents that of the general public, as they have failed to come to terms with our teachers in their contract negotiations. They continue to publish statements saying they hope an agreement can be made, but make no effort behind closed doors to offer a deal that is comparable to others in the state.
I also wonder if the board is what is holding up the entire process, or could it be the persistence of the school's administration to manipulate this deal to their best advantage and not to that of the children and teachers of this community?