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Raised by 173 people in 25 months

Stop BOLD Cold is a joint community initiative focused on stopping the Stillwater, ISD 834 proposal to close Marine, Withrow and Oak Park Elementary Schools. 

Our mission is to:

Keep open these high performing elementary schools. These are some of our highest performing Elementary schools in the district and in the state. 

Organize community action

Convince the school board to vote "NO" on
February 11, 2016 

Colloborate with administration to develop a new and alternative plan, which they did not provide

Funds are needed asap to cover costs of spreading the message of what this initiative will mean to all of Stillwater shool district, surrounding cities, home values, etc., and to support potential legal avenues if the Board decides to proceed with this plan.

Many of us in these communities choose to live here so our children can thrive and attend schools that differential learning base on each students ability.  It is critical to our children's long term success that we do not try to teach our children 'equally' as each child has different learning strengths and opportunities. 

Visit Stopboldcold.org  for more information about the proposal, our initiative, and how to support our efforts. 

We thank you for joining our mission to provide the best education for our children, not the same education, and to leave choice where it belongs - with our families and communities. 

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In April of 2016, 834VOICE filed a lawsuit against ISD 834 in District Court. This lawsuit alleged multiple counts of school board member wrongdoing including violations of open meeting laws, conflicts of interest, illegal school closures, and deceptive campaign practice. All of these allegations involve, in some way or another, violations of transparency. The District is requesting some of these counts be dismissed. A hearing will be held in District Court on January 4, 2017 to address partial dismissal of some of these counts.

834VOICE believes elected officials must be held accountable for their actions. They are entrusted with spending, in our District’s case, tens of millions of tax dollars. Voters expect and deserve public servants who display the highest level of ethical standards in accordance with local government best practices. Transparency is an essential part of this process. In government, this means citizens must be able to "see through" its workings, to know exactly what goes on when public officials transact public business. A lack of transparency leads to decisions that are prone to corruption and undue influence. Inadequate public access to information allows conflicts of interest and cronyism to flourish, and back-room deals to determine spending in the interests of the few rather than many. To protect transparency in government, every state has laws mandating all government business be conducted in open meetings accessible to the public. States also have laws ensuring public access to government documents and records. These are versions of the federal Freedom of Information Act. Our Democracy depends on this principle of transparency to determine priorities for public spending and equal access to justice. Contempt for transparency has no place in government; neither does behaving above the law, meeting in secret, or facilitating conflicts of interest.

As part of the discovery process, 834VOICE requested District emails and documents months ago. To date, the District has not released the vast majority of this public information. Through smaller data requests, 834VOICE has uncovered disturbing information that greatly amplifies the concerns raised previously. In addition, individuals have come forward with new evidence of open meeting violations. Within the next week, this new information will be shared, as well as legal updates from the hearing. We are ready to do all that we can to restore integrity to our school board.
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Last night the ISD 834 School Board voted 4-2 to grant a Stay until the appeal is heard in appellate court. The Stay stops the sale and market of the school buildings slated for closure as well as any implementations of the boundary changes until the court makes its ruling on the appeal.

834 VOICE views this decision as a small but important victory for the community of ISD 834.

Last night we witnessed what school board deliberations on difficult decisions should look like. The board asked questions and debated in front of the public. The decision was not made behind close doors, and a more thoughtful decision was made.

This is all the public has asked for from the start, an open transparent process void of ethical violations and illegal activity.

We take this small win but we still have a ways to go with 2 active lawsuits against the district through 834 VOICE and 1 through Melissa Douglas.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support of the efforts to keep our community schools!
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As many of you know, the board delayed a vote for three weeks so the administration would have time to fulfill a legal requirement to announce the intent, and provide proposed findings of fact, to close schools per state law. They had, as of date for proposed vote, been negligent in their responsibilities.

Putting this is a positive light, this gives us three weeks to up our communication and put significant (respectful) pressure on individual board members to vote "NO!"

Send individual letters, meet with them in person, help with fundraising , coordinate to help one of the groups from Stop Bold Cold driving these initiatives.

Thank you for your help and support! Together we can bring 834 back to being the amazing district and community that brought us all here!
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Notice of Claim was delivered to Superintendent Pontrelli and the School Board today via our attorney. A NO vote on Thursday stays a lawsuit but doesn't end the fight. A YES vote forces the next step. Two more days....
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Raised by 173 people in 25 months
Created January 5, 2016
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