Monday, April 04, 2016
Martucci: The day of indulgent leadership, overspending, low teacher morale are over
Tonight, I want to start with a "thank you". Thanks to all of the volunteers, teachers, and voters who have placed their trust in me this past year on the Joplin Board of Education. I truly have tried to fight my best for fiscal accountability by voting NO on the "retirement" package of our past superintendent, voting NO on expanding the federal takeover of education through hiring a $100,000 Common Core consultant and retain local control of our students' education, and lead the fight to refinance our bond money which is projected to save Joplin taxpayers $8 million over the next ten years.
I have fought hard for our teachers. Together, we have collective bargaining and given teachers a voice. As a Board member, I led the fight to get the first raise for our teachers and educators to have a step increase in pay.
These are promises I made last election, and I fought hard against the forces who wished to keep the Joplin School District running like "business as usual". These are promises I have kept.
I will continue to stand up for your taxpayer dollars to be spent wisely, fight hard for our teachers, students and staff, and work to give educators the tools to lead our district back to Accreditation with Distinction.
Finally, as a Board we will hire our next Superintendent. I promise that I will fight for the future of Joplin Schools to continue to move forward while picking a replacement for Dr. Ridder. My choice for the next Superintendent will not take us back to where we were one year ago. Rather, we will move forward and become the excellent district we have always been.
IF you agree with this vision, I humbly ask for your support at the ballot box tomorrow.