[Vision2020] Weitz Lawsuit: A Challenge

Tom Ivie the_ivies3 at yahoo.com
Sat May 12 14:21:14 PDT 2007

How about using Palouse Center for Conflict Management, Inc. to facilitate it, they do mediation.   The Center is at 906 N. Almon Street, Suite A. More information may be found on the website at http://www.geocities.com/pccmdrc/ or by calling 882-2352. pccmdrc at yahoo.com

"B. J. Swanson" <bjswan at moscow.com> wrote:
        st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }                Dr. Donicht, Dr. Weitz, Visionaries,
  I’d like to propose a school project.  The project will be to settle the Weitz lawsuit within the next 60 days.  The outcome to be:
   Doing what’s right  
   Doing what’s best for public education in Moscow  
   Doing what’s best for all of Moscow  
   Settle this dispute in the most expeditious and least expensive way possible
  Keeping these points in mind, arrange a face to face meeting (mediation) between Candice Donicht and Gerald Weitz with some ground rules:
   No attorneys allowed  
   A neutral facilitator will be present to allow equal time for each side, enforce respectful behavior and keep both sides focused on the project  
   Both sides agree to listen and park egos and arrogance at the door; no grandstanding  
   Commit to work toward a solution
  From this meeting, there will probably be clarification needed.  Fighting it out in court could take years, cost many thousands of dollars and be very devastating to the school system, children and Moscow as a whole.  Instead, come up with a list of written points.  Ask the Idaho State Tax Commission and the Idaho Attorney General to issue an opinion on the points.  Agree to abide by their findings.
  Possible outcomes could be:
   All of the levies are valid    
      The levies in question were all approved by a majority of voters  
      The levies will stand and no further action needs to be taken

   The levies were not legal and will be rolled back    
      The school district should immediately propose a legally worded levy and ask the voters to approve at the next possible school election date

  It is very unfortunate that this issue has risen to this level.  It is embarrassing to Moscow and certainly sends the wrong message to anyone wanting to live or establish a business in our community.  It hurts to hear others say Moscow is anti-business.  Now they can say we are anti-education too.
  Moscow is a great place.  In Boise you will hear that if Moscow could convert brain-power to electricity, there would never be an energy problem here.  However, brain-power obviously didn’t convert to doing the right thing, being respected leaders and responsible adults with the best interest of the community in mind.  Bullying, failing to communicate, sticking heads in the sand when threatened just leads to disaster.  This is not being good role models for the children you claim to be protecting.  
  Can we do the right thing, fix this now, learn from our mistakes and move on?
  B. J. Swanson

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