After failing to find a community consensus on a strategy to address declining enrollment and shrinking revenues, East China hired consultants Barton Malow for advice. In simplest terms, Barton Malow suggests East China reinvent itself to match the new realities facing it and most other school districts. That reinvention comes with a price tag.
East China school board members and the administration are studying that recommendation. If they decide it is appropriate, they will ask the district’s voters for the money to pay for it. That vote, obviously, will be a referendum on their vision for the school district — and will be the most perfectly democratic method to decide how classrooms, buildings and resources will be used in the future.
Strangely, childishly, putting that referendum on the ballot would trigger the threatened recall. By asking voters to participate in the democratic process, school board members would be putting their roles in jeopardy.