Is It Time for Saba Educational Foundation Board to Go?
I’m following all the articles in the Daily Herald and Saba–News along with all the commentaries and my question is, “is it time for the board to go?”
Parents and residents feel left out and without a voice in how their children should be educated. There also seems to be a general feeling that this board doesn’t care about our opinion. They pay lip service but that is as far as it goes.
I believe this board is unlawful. It has no power to act for several reasons which I shall list below.
- The board continues to break Dutch law since 2010 when the Netherland Antilles dissolved; it became mandatory that each board have a parental advisory board.
- Two board members show no signs of stepping down although their 2 years of service as stated in the foundation’s bylaws have passed.
- The board broke foundation’s bylaws – they do not meet monthly, they do not vote on personnel issues in writing and they do not schedule meetings seven days in advance in writing with an agenda as required.
None of this happened when the board scheduled its meeting with Hemmie van Xanten back in April to discuss which teachers were returning for the coming school year. In fact, Floor van der Zwan, their consultant, sent the email to the principal informing him of the meeting. The email was sent Friday afternoon and the meeting was to be on Monday. When he told her that it was not possible to have the meeting, Raquel Granger called him and told him the meeting would be on Monday at the stated time.
If you believe that it’s time for the board to go, add your comment to this opinion piece.
Friends of the Parents of SCS