Letter from Rob Watson
I have spoken with a number of you either on the phone or over email. Thanks again for writing letters or calling me to discuss your concerns about the cross country program.
As you may be aware, some parents had expressed a desire to attend the Board meeting next Monday to talk with the school board. The public is always welcome to do so. There is a public comment time during every board meeting However this issue is not on the agenda and the Board is not allowed to engage in a discussion as per the state open meeting law. This can be frustrating for the person providing comments and for the Board members who would like to respond.
I have spoken to our board chair and vice chair and they would be willing to attend a special meeting with interested parents next Wednesday (June 15) at noon. We will host the meeting here at the Willson building in the upstairs library. I will also ask Jerry Reisig, Kevin Conwell and Pat Strauss (our HR director) to be present at the meeting. I anticipate this meeting will be a better way to engage in a productive and meaningful discussion as well as give feedback to the leadership of our school board. It may take more than one meeting but at least we can start the discussion.
The purpose of the meeting would be for us to listen to parent concerns and answer any questions that we can answer. Please realize that we are somewhat limited in what we can say as the issue involves a confidential personnel process, but we can at least give some general info and hear your concerns.
The secondary purpose would be to discuss the process that we will use to find a new head coach. We have drafted a plan and we want your input on that plan. I also know there are some concerns about changes to the program and we want to hear those as we move forward to find a new coach.
Other parents are more than welcome to attend, but I would ask that they send me an email with their intention to attend so that I can plan for enough space and set up the room appropriately.
I also know that the student athletes are interested in this process. I have heard from one of those students. I would ask that we limit the number of students at this time to team leaders/captains if possible. There will be other opportunities for students to be part of the process to hire a new coach. (And we can schedule a follow up meeting with the entire team if needed.)
I don’t mind if your forward this email to other interested parents, however I would just ask that they contact me over email or by phone if they plan to attend next Wednesday.
Please let me know if you have questions and thanks for your help in this process.
Robert J. Watson, Ed.D.
Bozeman School District #7
404 West Main
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-522-6001 (main office)