Advocate editorial board opinion: Administrator's decision was tough but correct

By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 24, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.

Certainly, the decision to quell a fundraiser idea that might have raised $12,000 for the East High School football booster club was a tough one. And the possibility of winning another $12,000 in a short-video contest was an added-on chance.

We support the Victoria school district's administration for making that decision, particularly because the district never had a formal proposal from Ford or Mac Haik's auto dealership to review. How can you approve an idea and get the details later?

As Diane Boyett, the Victoria school district communication specialist, stated in a prepared release, the idea would have called for the commercialization of the school district, a move that is not allowed under school policy. Had the idea proposed an off-campus site to hold the fundraiser, it might have been looked at further. But a formal proposal was still lacking.

We think the district must adhere to its policies, which are there to make sure the focus of the school district is for the education of our students.

If some part of the policy is questionable, then that should be reviewed for possible change.

"We appreciate the enthusiasm of the parents in support of the football program, and we appreciate the generosity that the Mac Haik dealerships have shown VISD in the past," said Superintendent Bob Moore.

"My decision is in no way a reflection on my trust of either organization. My decision is based on the belief that it is inappropriate to use school property in a commercial venture," he said.

Moore added he realizes that some school districts raise funds through advertising in schools and on school buses.

"We have not taken that step, and personally, I hope we do not," Moore said.

While we agree with Moore's decision, we encourage school booster clubs to continue fundraisers to benefit school programs.

But we also encourage the clubs to work closely with district administration to make sure such fundraisers are proceeding within the bounds of district policy.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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