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BHK board irresponsible

October 27, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

This letter to the editor is in response to the story "Director, 7 teachers let go at BHK" published Oct. 22.

As you can see from the article, this agency is being taken over by corruption and negligence. The fact that a board member can stand up in front of the entire agency and make light of such a serious situation is disrespectful, and he should instead be holding his head down asking for forgiveness instead of cracking jokes.

This agency board chooses to lay off teachers who have been doing their jobs right. Teachers aren't the people at fault, it's the BHK board's negligence and lack of communication that caused this horrible deficit. It's the administrators and the board members who make all the decisions about the agency, not the teachers. Yet, when the administrators and board members do not do their jobs right, they don't take the responsibility for it. Instead, they lay off the people who didn't do anything wrong while the people who have done wrong still hold their high paying positions.

The board feels they need to earn the trust of its employees back. The first step to gaining their trust is to all resign. Show that you own up to your mistakes and that it is your fault BHK is in this crisis. Show that you take full responsibility for your negligence and terminate those who let this happen. Until then, your agency will never change, and the only people who will be affected are your teachers, parents and children.

This board says it is not their fault this happened, and then proceeded to fire the executive director thinking that will be the best solution. However, when employees tried to voice their concerns in the past, they were turned away and asked to leave because board meetings are closed. BHK is a nonprofit organization for Early Head Start and Head Start. It uses federal and state money and closed board meetings are unacceptable. The fact this has been happening for as long as it has been is an outrage and needs to be stopped.

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It is up to you, BHK employees, to take a stand and voice your concerns about this. It is your jobs on the line and it is up to you to take charge of your agency and rid it of its corruption. Take a stand, BHK employees. It's up to you to succeed.

Marie Summit




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