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Marin Voice: It’s time to recall Dixie board member Marnie Glickman

Marin Voice: It’s time to recall Dixie board member Marnie Glickman

A sign for the Dixie School District hangs on the wall of the school board chambers during their meeting in San Rafael, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

PUBLISHED: June 5, 2019 at 11:00 am | UPDATED: June 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Our Dixie School District community is hurting. Hurt by false accusations of intolerance. Hurt by the divisive tactics employed in the name of tolerance. Hurt by the loss of district funds that were wasted on the name change process. Hurt by the deception of Marnie Glickman.

Our Dixie School District community is tired. Tired of being ignored. Tired of being silenced. Tired of seeing district funds wasted on political agendas. Tired of the board not focusing on our children’s education.

This very paper said we should abandon our recall petition so our district could focus on the students. Unfortunately, our school board is saddled with Glickman, a political activist, who is primarily responsible for disrupting board meetings for the better part of a year. She put her own political campaign ahead of our kids. The role of a trustee is to be responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities to its community. She has clearly failed to uphold her duties as a trustee under the California School Boards Association guidelines.

After multiple previous failed attempts to be elected to public office, Glickman intentionally misled our community during her campaign.

She stated in emails on Sept. 30, 2015:

“I have never said I support a name change. I have always said the same thing and it is what I said to the IJ. The top priority of the school board is to meet the children’s need. This discussion detracts from our focus on the children and their educational needs. I also want to tell you that only one person at the door has told me that she supports a name change. I’ve knocked on more than 1,000 doors.”

Her deception regarding the name change has taken the board’s focus away from the children for the better part of a year and continues to do so.

Glickman has shown complete disregard for fiscal responsibility. The tactics she utilized by repeatedly disrupting board meetings have cost the district unnecessary legal fees. She was also willing to waste district money on an unnecessary election at a time when the reserves were at an all-time low and funding was being cut.

Glickman has repeatedly leaked confidential board emails to the press. She has shown she is incapable of working with her fellow board members unless the board accedes to her political priorities. When asked by a fellow board member why she didn’t discuss the name change with her fellow trustees instead of working with outside activists and the press, she said, it was “my First Amendment right.”

Thankfully it is our democratic right to remove Glickman from office. The people who support this recall are hard-working, politically diverse, multicultural, Dixie School District community members including parents, grandparents, alumni and neighbors.

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