The Garden Valley School Board Meeting held on Monday, June 6, was a doozy. Many patrons walked from it, stunned by the behavior and attitudes they had witnessed.
I am relieved to be able to offer for community perusal the resignations of honest people who have better things to do with their time than serve the current school board in any capacity.
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June 9, 2010
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
Madam Chair and Trustees
Attn: Board Clerk
Garden Valley School District
P.O. Box 710
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Re: Garden Valley School District
Dear Madam Chair and Trustees:
It is with some sadness that we must inform you that after more than 10 years of service to the Garden Valley School District we believe it is in the Board’s and this firm’s mutual best interest for us to resign as counsel for the Garden Valley School District.
The attorney/client relationship is a fiduciary relationship, meaning it is one based upon mutual trust and confidence. It is our belief that in the last six months this mutual trust and confidence has eroded to the point where the relationship is no longer a healthy one. This decision was prompted in a large party by Trustee Alan Ward’s most recent e-mail to other Board members asking “is the Board happy with their (legal) representation?” The very need to ask this question indicates a lack of trust and confidence and this firm will therefore resign as counsel so that the Board can move forward and retain new counsel.
By resigning, we will be better able to focus our time and energy on the clients with whom we enjoy a strong relationship, while correspondingly the Board can hire counsel which they believe will best promote the Board’s objectives.
Also, be advised that we will be withdrawing as counsel of record in the Keddy-Hector v Garden Valley School District, lawsuit.
We have enjoyed the opportunity to represent the Garden Valley School District and wish all of you the very best of success in the future.
Bret A. Walther
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June 13, 2011
I have come to the conclusion that this board has lost its focus and main objective: the children of Garden Valley School District. When I first joined the board, I was one of 3 board members who had children in our school district, and who in my opinion had a vested interest in our school.
Alan Ward, Rob Hazen and Laurie Synder appear to have come with their own personal agenda. There is a vendetta to get rid of the current administration without any factual basis or without merit in any complaints. This is evident with the recent majority voting of this board.
This board has misused its authority and circumvented board policy and violated the Code of Ethics and Idaho Code (Open Meeting Law) for Board of Trustees.
The board and the district will undoubtedly incur further legal expenses due to the recent majority decisions. There is a double standard set by board members acting on their own and choosing to violate our policy.
It appears that the majority of our board members have ignored legal counsel, and thus the entire firm, Anderson, Julian, & Hull, legal counsel for Garden Valley School District, has withdrawn as our legal counsel.
I am not willing to continue serving on a board that believes the end justifies the means and is self serving. Again, this is not in the best interest of our children. Accordingly, I hereby tender my resignation from the Garden Valley School District, Board of Trustees, effective immediately.
Terry Dee Elmore
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To: Garden Valley School District Board, June 11, 2011
I am convinced the board has recently taken a direction that is contrary to the oath of office I took at the onset of my appointment to the board.
The board has disregarded the open meeting law (Idaho Code). I believe members of the board have engaged in activities far outside of the parameters and responsibility for school board members as identified by the Idaho Department of Education and the ISBA.
In combination with the aforementioned actions, the board has also made numerous personnel errors and embarked on an ill-conceived and flawed administrative boondoggle. This administrative manipulation combined with previous errors will be expensive regardless of the outcome -- which is assuredly in question. The expense of litigation and decisions that are inherent to such administrative personnel actions will be borne by the school district.
Such expenses can only result in additional cuts to school programs. I believe these personnel and administrative actions the board is in pursuance of will bring additional financial hardship to the district. This is detrimental to our school and students. At worst, it can initiate the school district’s financial failure.
I cannot and will not be a part of or associated with the above such actions. I will not yield the oath I swore nor compromise my personal principles.
Consider this letter as my resignation from the Garden Valley School Board District.
Jeffrey E. Bass
Effective 1800 hours June 11, 2011