ISD #701…. Name Recognition Voting!!??

Well, I made it through something that’s completely out of my “comfort zone.”

The first school board candidate forum… which was on 10/9.

Did I answer all the questions to the best of my ability?

I’d have to say no, but I feel I didn’t embarrass myself as much as I thought I would, not to bad for my first time in that kind of format.

I also feel my passion for doing what’s right for children/teachers and the district did come through.

Then my scheduled HPAT interview… 10/16…. talk about out of my comfort zone….wow!!

I wasn’t able to say as much as I’d like during my interview. Let me rephrase that….. What I did talk about was important and pertinent to the school board…. thank you Patty Miller.

Although I touched a little on the title of this post…. it was not enough for me.

So here we are!

Back to the candidate forum, and the meat of this post.

One thing that surprised me was the absence of our current school board chair. Something that I’ve since learned he does on a regular basis.

Why on earth is this man still on the school board??

If an elected official deems himself “to good” (because that’s what it looks like), to come before the public (that elects board members), to answer basic questions….. why does he still get elected??

If you were hiring someone for a J.O.B. and they didn’t show up for the interview; would you hire them anyway??

Well, this community has “hired” the current school board chair year after election year…. then we as a community wonder why our school board has been such an underachieving unit for how many years now??? Our school aged children, both HUE and AFSCME unions, the community as a whole should be demanding more!

COMMON SENSE!!

Just because someone’s name is always on the ballot… DOES NOT mean you check the box next to his name!!

NAME RECOGNITION voting for school board members needs to stop!

Longevity does not equal smart decisions that help our communities school age children, teachers and supporting players, and district…. it builds complacency, a preconceived notion of power and or the illusion of “being untouchable,” all while losing touch with what’s important and doing things that only benefit ones self!!

This mans time has come; and as November 6th nears, you the community need to ask yourselves why??

Why is he still representing the community/children/district on the school board?

Why does he not humble himself before the community, and put himself “out there” with the rest of us?

In my opinion this is the MAIN problem with school board leadership…. when the chair has a sense of entitlement; when the chair thinks he is “to good” to answer even one question…. that’s a problem!!

Am I alone is this line of thinking??

It seems to me a little common sense would go a long, long way… in seeking true and needed change at the school board level… saying nothing about other levels above and beyond the school board.

Another issue I wasn’t able to bring up in my Hpat interview…. why isn’t anyone talking about one huge group that keeps getting ignored…. the AFSCME union. They DO NOT have a new contract either.

The AFSCME union are, the custodians, secretaries, paraprofessionals, grounds crew, technology support, LPN’s, plumbers, electricians, etc.

I get the HUE gets most of the headlines, as one would expect….. but the school district can not run without the AFSCME union members. They are the “people behind the scenes.” They are the HUE’s education partners, and the district acts like their voice does not exist.

One group does not work without the other…. AGAIN…..

COMMON SENSE!!

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It’s Starting to Become A Reality!!

After many years, countless hour of tireless background work, by a lot of nameless and faceless individuals; purpose built single-track mountain bike trails will be becoming a reality in the Northland!!

There’s already been one community plannings session, with another scheduled for…..

This is a dream come true to many riders in our area and far beyond!!

Iroc-mtb clubs most recent press release….. reads as follows.

Contact: Pete Kero FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

P: 218-969-8745

Email: PKero@barr.com

 

Iron Range Off Road Cyclists Announces Second Planning Session for Redhead Mountain Bike Park and Recreational Area: Ideas finalized for Spring 2019 construction.

Hibbing, MN—With over two dozen people from across the area, Iron Range Off Road Cyclists (IROC) held the first of twocommunity input sessions Thursday night to gather community input on the forthcoming Redhead Mountain Bike Park and recreational area.  

The session, held at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC),was the first of a two part series to gather insight fromcommunity members about what they would like to see in the bike park and larger recreation area. 

The second session, to be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 PM at Minnesota Discovery Center, will refine the list of features for inclusion in the park, the larger recreational areasurrounding the park and amenities at MDC.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  Admission is free.

Participants in Thursday night’s session brainstormed ideas insix key areas: what would you like to see for trails; integration of the park with MDC; community impact; getting kids outdoors; facilitating women, aging, and physically-challenged riders and rides; and other amenities for the larger recreation area.

Ideas ranged from wider trails to allow hand bikes; fun, easier trails for new, young and or aging riders; a large play park at MDC; swimming in Monroe pit; hosting an annual community mountain bike fest; kayaking; and craft beer, good coffee and excellent food at MDC.

Scott Linnenberger, construction manager for the three, iron range, off-road cycling destinations currently under development spoke at the IROC session.  

“The best projects are the done by the community, for the community,” Linnenberger stated. “Everyone can ride (off-road) with the right trails.  We want to know those needs and desires.  If we get a list of 100 ideas, we try to incorporate 99 of them into the system.”

Linnenberger has managed the construction of destination trail systems across the United States.  He is currently overseeing theconstruction of the Giants Ridge lift-served mountain bike system and the Tioga single-track trail system in Cohasset.  He is also leading trail construction at Redhead.

“We have the best builders in the Midwest working on these projects,” said Linnenberger.  “With the amount of funding from the IRRR, the speed of development, and the cooperative agreement to build three parks simultaneously, North American mountain biking has never seen a regional initiative like this.”  

“What we are building here is a huge asset,” said Benji Neff, IROC President.  “We are building community, regional, and national tourism destinations.  With the combined trail systems of Tioga in Cohasset, Legion Hills in Grand Rapids, Maple Hill in Hibbing, Redhead in Chisholm, Lookout Mountain in Virginia, and the gravity trail system at Giants Ridge, we are creating a world-class destination.  And it is already underway.”    

“I have been interviewed by national publications about our project,” said Benji Neff.  “Word is spreading.  We are starting to get calls and texts from folks out of the Twin Cities asking, how can I help?  This is an exciting time.”

Construction on the Redhead Mountain Bike Park is slated to break ground spring 2019.  The park will be located south of MDC along the shores of the beautiful Monroe Pit, visible from HWY 169.  The park will consist of 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails, which will be open to the public, and access free of charge.  The recreational area surrounding the bike trails, including amenities at the Minnesota Discovery, may include a kinesthetic playground, camping, swimming in the Monroe pit, food and drinks, and entertainment at MDC—as designed by our community.

Mountain bike parks have become a destination for individuals and families as evidenced by the heavy traffic at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby, MN.  Communities with mountain bike parks have seen an increase in customers for food, drink, bike equipment and repair, and lodging.

Redhead will be a park and recreation area designed to attract riders of all ages and abilities and their families.  With a healthy list of ideas generated from the first session, IROC will work with the community on October 24 session to finalize ideas for inclusion in the project.  Women, children and families are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions.

Soon enough….. this picture will be more than just words for people from all over!!