I recently made e-comments to the new Superintendent and to John Anderson, ROISD Board Vice President asking about the format of the ROISD web site. It is in shambles. I've found that the district is revamping its site and a new site is "coming soon". ROISD's Echalk (interactive web content) contract was not renewed but the district is still using the Echalk pages served locally. The district may want to take the references to Echalk down since they are proprietary. Am waiting to see how long EChalk waits to send them a cease and desist letter. Did ROISD think that the vendor would not know? I would think the Echalk folks would have discussed this with Ms. La Puma but as usual, the district won't respond to questions from their patrons other than a bland set of generic platitudes. Mr. Humphries is a former CIO and has been cited as saying he doesn't care for outsourced solutions. That's interesting in its merits considering ROISD (as many other districts) runs on a very lean/very effective budget since Joe Miguel "retired". Outsourcing provides Service Level Agreements and objective economies of scale by not fattening up the internal departments. That's just a difference in philosophy however and really is a sidebar. Just watch the size of the employee base grow...willing to bet a beer it doesn't? Has this question been asked in open board meetings?
I didn't get much response on another issue as well...I asked
"Would you please send me a list of the Bond Oversight Committee members or point me to an electronic copy of those members? Midlothian ISD has posted their committee membership and ROISD should do the same since we passed 95 million for the district." I've seen nothing in the papers, on the ROISD Web Site (like I could anyway...what a piece of work), or through any mailers from the "Yes for our Children" group. Guess they don't have to do anything now they've got the bond package done and put away... :<) They've got our moolah....for the next 30 years!
Hopefully, this is not what the district's communities will see when issues are brought to the highly paid, highly credentialed administrative staff. And...you know we (YOU) actually were dupes for that 95 Million dollar bond. Yeah...I'm still bitter about it and will stay bitter when I get my tax bill from Ellis County Appraisal District too. We all got snookered....and smiled all the way to the polls.
When will the Council get off it's collective butt, ditch the current Economic Development Board and put in people that CAN, WILL and KNOW how to bring business to Red Oak? I'm not talking about more Whataburgers, phantom Wal-Marts but actual "bidness". It's time to move some of the tax burden from homeowners to business or find a group of council members willing and able to make those hard choices. How 'bout it Casey? Ben? Eric? Scott? Andy? You ready to get moving? Summer vacation and the honeymoon's over guys!