Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Joplin R-8 Board of Education candidate withdraws

Hal Robertson, who filed for one of the two three-year terms open on the Joplin R-8 Board of Education, announced today that he is withdrawing from the race.

Today is the last day for file for the two-year seats or the one-year position caused by the resignation of Dawn Sticklen. That seat is currently being held by Shawn McGrew.

Robertson issued the following statement:

Today is the final day to register as a candidate for the April 7th Joplin School Board election. Sadly, I have to announce that I will not be a candidate this election cycle.

I’ve struggled with this since the day I announced my candidacy, assuming all the pieces would come together for everything to work - and most of it did. The truth is that I’ve run the numbers and right now, I simply can’t steal any more time from my family and our business. They always come first and politics will always take a back seat.

Many thanks to all of you who joined the Facebook page and offered your support with nothing more than an announcement. Your faith in me as a candidate was amazing and I may call on you in the future to take another stab at this.

Since I never got to officially build a campaign, let me give you an overview of what I would have said…

#1: In May of 2011, we needed leaders to come forward and take a stand. We needed all of the damn-the-torpedoes and screw-the-red-tape people we could find… for a time. That was the only way we could get to where we are now and it had to be done. But if we allow our officials to continue to operate with that Wild West attitude, we are as much to blame for the consequences as they are.

#2: Finances: Why were the constructions costs for Joplin High School allowed to go $8 million over budget? Why was the school board allowed to authorize a $45 million loan to cover the budget? How is this paid for? When, why and how?

#3: Why, with all our modern technology and fancy education concepts, hasn’t the Joplin School System been “Accredited with Disctinction” even once under the current administration? Or, to put it another way, why were Joplin Schools were ranked 373 out of 504 in Missouri last year?

#4: Why do Joplin Schools go through teachers faster than McDonalds goes through high school students?

#5: I believe we should re-evaluate our affiliation with the Missouri School Board Association.

#6: I believe in term limits for every elected official; local, state and national.

I will happily support any of the candidates who hold similar views and hope that you will too.

Thanks again for all your support. If all goes well, you may see me next election cycle!


Anonymous said...

GREAT questions!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he would've been a good choice

Anonymous said...

This makes me sad. Is there anyone else who will ask these questions besides those of us who have to remain anonymous so as not to be destroyed?

Anonymous said...

I hope this gentleman does provide his support to a like-minded candidate. He sounds honorable and we need that in R8. We will remember him next year.

Anonymous said...

It is clear that no one -- NO ONE -- really cares enough about their children's education to run for the R8 board. So it is left to the usual suspects to rubber stamp the administration again. Who loses? The kids; the community; the employers: everyone.

Anonymous said...

Maybe YOU should have run, 9:36.