Hodge Admits Trustees Lack “day-to-day” Contact with Campus
I guess I should thank Ben Hodge for unknowingly validating one of the cornerstones of my campaign for JCCC Trustee as he fired back at JCCC college president Terry Calaway.
Hodge, a JCCC trustee and fellow candidate for the April 7 board election, issued a press release in response to the statement Calaway released Tuesday.
Hodge answers specific points made by Calaway and charges the board with misinterpreting the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). As a student employee I’ve had my own experiences holding the board — including Hodge — to KOMA and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) provisions. However one phrase in Hodge’s statement exposed one of the board’s long-standing weaknesses:
“As is often the case with board members (who don’t experience the day-to-day environment of the college), I really do not know what the average employee thinks about all this – or whether the average employee even knows or cares.”
That’s quite an admission. It also highlights one of my unique strengths as a candidate — a strength no other candidate in this race can claim — I walk these halls on a daily basis. I know this campus. I am a leader in student clubs and serve on employee committees. When I take my seat as a trustee, I’ll continue walking these halls as a student.
Read Hodge’s entire press release here.