I've been on the school board at my kids' school since 2011. If I have learned *nothing* else in those six years, I've learned that the truth is somewhere in between the two sides of the story you hear upfront. Sometimes closer to one side or the other, but oh, I have learned over and over how much it pays not to make any snap judgments.
A particular storm has been brewing for months now, and the situation came to a head this past week. Thursday I got an email from one parent and a phone call from a second about it, and then a third buttonholed me while I was trying to walk my dog at the park that evening. In this case, I happen to know the other side of the story (or at least part of it) already. Will be interested to see how that all plays out through the formal process. That was still half on my mind when I checked my BOE email account this afternoon and found a note from another parent about a totally different issue. It sounded ridiculously cut and dried, but I'm going to bet there's another side to that one too. The BOE generally does not get involved in this kind of stuff until all the other layers in the chain of command have failed, but we are often copied on things as an FYI before that stage, and of course parents are free to contact us with concerns at any time. You couldn't pay me enough to be a school administrator...I suspect that managing parents is the toughest part of that job by far.
In less bureaucratic news, we are the the throes of soccer tryout season here in Mama D-land. Those of you who remember my posts from this time last year about the three clubs the kids were trying out for will doubtless understand why I am so happy that only their current club is in the picture this year! All three should make their current teams again unless there is some serious disturbance in the force, which takes away a lot of the stress of tryouts. Thing One has established himself as the primary centerback on his team; they've played two State Cup games in the past week and he played every second of both games, the only player to do so other than the goalie. I don't want the kid getting full of himself, but that is a very solid indication that the coaches trust him to do his job. Thing Two is the only goalie on his team and he's coming off some very good performances going into tryouts as well. Then there's little Petunia, who is blowing the doors off her team offensively right now. They played the top-ranked team in their flight today and demolished them 8-2! She scored four of the goals herself and assisted in two others, then the coach sat her out most of the second half to keep the game from becoming a rout. She may actually be playing up next year, still TBD.