May 062016
 

letter

Gentlemen:

I think we all know that there has been a major brouhaha over the proposed return of random drug testing for high school athletes. The proposal was brought to you at your recent workshop/meeting with very little, if any, explanation as to why the program was being revised. There was some mumbling to the effect that the principals and athletic directors wanted the random testing.

This morning in his interview with Bill Becker on “Morning Magazine”, Superintendent Porter repeated that he and his staff had done a poor job explaining to you why they thought it was a good idea to resume random drug testing for high school athletes. The best he could do for an explanation was to again mumble that the principals and the athletic directors wanted a resumption.

Well, sports fans, what’s the problem? If the resumption of random drug testing for high school athletes is something that the principals and athletic directors desire and you are not sure that it is desirable, why not invite the three principals and the three athletic directors to your next workshop/meeting and have them explain to you, the Board, why they believe that random drug testing of athletes is desirable, appropriate and necessary. Problem solved!

Quit beating around the bush or, as I like to observe, kicking the can down the road. Simply come to the point with the correct personnel and this silly argument can be brought to a close.

Larry Murray

PS: Invite Superintendent Porter to weigh in should he have any explanatory observations to make beyond vacuous statements about principals and athletic directors.

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Dr. Larry Murray

A former 60’s hippie with a strong belief in capitalism, Dr. Murray obtained his Ph.D. in American History in 1970 and went on to, in his own words, ‘publish and perish,’ teaching at colleges and universities while publishing in professional journals.


Now Dr. Murray is a tireless community activist, focusing primarily on the administration of the public schools in Monroe County. Hands down, Larry has made more public records requests to the school district than anyone else – ever – something he describes as “the equivalent of pulling teeth” or, as some have put it, “herding cats”.


Pushing for the best schools possible, he pokes and prods, urging the School District, as often as not, to simply follow its own rules and regulations, not do something unique and different.


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