Hey there, Secular Fam! It’s DVUSD Board Meeting recap time. I hope you all survived the Thanksgiving holiday with as little drama as possible. It’s become tougher and tougher for some of us to spend time with family and the holidays can be hella triggering.
In fact, I have noticed that more and more of my friends have taken advice from RuPaul and created the family they want, opting for a “Friendsgiving.”
While it’s nice to surround ourselves with people who actually just love and accept us for who we are, I also know from personal experience how this time of year is a time for grieving loved ones who are still living, but they’re living in a completely different reality where diversity, equity, and inclusion are dirty words and in some cases the world is flat (!!!).
So without further ado, let’s talk about the last DVUSD Board Meeting.
It started in the usual fashion with the Pledge, moment of silence, etc. Board members Ordway and Simacek were phoning in (remember, Ordway is battling cancer at the moment, and Simacek is running for State House in LD2 – though I don’t know if that’s why she wasn’t there).
Next was public comments, and mostly the regulars spoke, but there was one guy that I just want to highlight here. His name is Jerry, and his public comments remind me of a Trump speech because it seems like just a bunch of whistle words and phrases strung together.
He basically said that the teachers in DVUSD don’t care about students (they do), and that he doesn’t like that the district celebrates students when they accomplish something. He wants meetings to ONLY be about negative things and that transparency is a problem “big time” and that if he were to grade the district he’d give them an “F minus.”
It was uncomfortable.
I give him an F minus.
Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director
JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.