This is an open letter to our school board members.
Who is in charge of our schools, you or school employees?
The leading name choice for our new high school is someone who is still alive. This is a violation of written and approved school board policy. It is a clear attempt to intimidate you.
There will be opportunities in the future to name a high school after this person. Since when has it become policy to name schools after employees who are paid to do a good job for our schools?
If I would have known that living people would be eligible, I would have recommended John McCain, a true American hero, a man among men, one who suffered years of torture for his country and who has spent all of his life serving this country as a gentleman in victory and defeat, a veteran and leader truly worthy of having our high school named after him.
I challenge you school board members to find a truly deserving name for our high school if it is named for a person.
Gary Schmitz lives in Columbia.