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Proviso Probe

Monday, July 23, 2007

Bob Cox's misgivings about District 209

Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) board member Robert Cox is publicly expressing misgivings about something. Forest Park Review included a news article (right of the main article with background in gray) and a letter to the editor.
Here is an update of my personal perspectives as a BOE member of Proviso 209.

The PTHS board of education "is as what the PTHS board of education does." Our reputation speaks for itself.

At worst our actions, with their generated circumstances that followed, cast a shadow of hypocrisy and double standards. I entertained fears brought on by those distortions and exaggerations of becoming a parody of a healthy school board.

I consider my participation in a recent two day IASB (Illinois Association of School Boards) workshop a rehab type of an experience for me. The training did provide a safety net and new bearings for me to anchor to.

Moving forward, one of the biggest hurdles is breaking down the buffers that permeate the public education process. Those buffers extend to the BOE and its process also. Boards have guidelines, agreements and codes to adhere to. Board members have roles, responsibilities, and relationships to honor. Here is where I see a dysfunction manifesting.

Filling a vacancy of a BOE seat is a very important task for all boards. After the results of our decision this past Monday, I am embarrassed for myself and for the BOE. Not for anything personal against Brian Cross, we have history, but for allowing the presence of prejudice. By not taking more time for discussion we eliminated the "discovery" that discussion yields.

I can count on my hand the number of students I have influenced; Linda Howard's career in education as a teacher literally has influenced thousands of students. I do not feel the Proviso 209 board needed another political pundit. How did we lose this opportunity to strengthen our board's weakness in breaking down the buffers with teachers?

To the public that elected me, I wish I could say watch us because we are performing for our students. I am compelled to say watch us because we need your help. I cannot pretend that the board of education's actions and methods are not political any longer. I hope the silent majority of our board will take up the cause for discussion instead of limiting our abilities.

We need to be accountable and data driven in our entire decision making for District 209.

My self assessment as a BOE member is a grade of "F." I contributed to the infamous knowing-doing gap. In other words, knowing what to do but not actually doing it.

I offer no excuse for my past actions. I am committed to do better. I am committed to strive for a healthy board of education that in practice focuses on our students first instead of pretending to do so.

Students first, Proviso first.

Bob Cox
Forest Park, District 209 Board of Education member

If Cox has been "born again" as a reformer skeptical of D209's leadership, what do you expect him to do?

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7 Comments:

  • My take on Cox is that he is FULL OF SHIT!

    Bob Cox has done so much damage by voting with the Welch Group (during his short tenure) that his misgivings will not be accepted at the next board meetings. The Proviso Parent Group is ready to take him DOWN!

    He likes to throw the rock and hide his hand.

    Mr. Cox the community is much smarter than you think. The deceptive move he pulled on Mcdermott is just one example of the BULLSHIT he feeds the community.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:43 PM, July 23, 2007  

  • The only thing I can say is that Bob Cox has finally seen the light. No Moore of Chris Welch BS! We as a proviso community must stand up against this hypocrisy and make a change! The charge must be toward our children and what is best for them, not contacts, jobs and friends! I applaud Mr. Cox for telling the TRUTH about CHRIS WELCH and his cronies!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:48 AM, July 24, 2007  

  • John says: I worked with Cox on the planning committee for PMSA. Idon't think he had a clue that the construction of PMSA was all about contracts and not about education.
    Cox will get nowhere on the Proviso board. If indeed he's serious about changing things, he'd have to align with Kelly. Then the board would be split like when Flowers was there. Cox and Kelly would still be the minority and would not be able to get anything done.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:02 AM, July 24, 2007  

  • This is a prime example of an under-qualified individual who has an unjustifiably inflated perception of his abilities and skills getting into a situation in which he is way over his head. And, who pays the price for his ignorance and lack of requisite skills? Taxpayers, students, and parents of students, just to name a few categories. Mr. Cox acknowledged his deficiencies in a letter to the editor of the Forest Park Review. He intimated that he that he has developed new bearings upon which his opinions and attitudes will, heretofore, be based in terms of school board decisions. Sorry, but Mr. Cox, you have lost what little credibility you had. Your semi-apology and alleged commitment to follow a new path don't wash with people that wonder why you sought a school board seat in the first place, knowing as you should have, that you were not qualified.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:57 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • Cox is not going to align with a Black women. OH NO! He would go to jail with Chris Welch before he does that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • Amazing that Cox apologizes when he finds out about the Federal Investigation and supeonas.
    Cox is full of it!

    Cox we are smarter than that! And oh by the way, so are the FEDS!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 PM, July 25, 2007  

  • You call this an apology? Sounds more like Cox is corporating with authorities!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 PM, July 25, 2007  

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