Excerpt from: MLive (click for full article)
As superintendent of the St. Joseph County ISD there were times when I was tempted to try to silence critics and keep our school board meetings as brief as possible. However, there are some controversial topics that just won’t go away unless given full exposure to the light of day.
It has come to my attention that our county’s CMH Board is facing just such a situation with a current funding issue. According to what I have read in the press and based on what I have heard from families of developmentally disabled adults, CMH had to make some very difficult choices and reduce funding to these consumers.
I would like to encourage the CMH board to give these consumers the opportunity to share their plight. Even if the final decision is to maintain the cuts, these citizens deserve to have a voice. I recall situations when parents wanted more than we believed we could provide. In some cases the laws sided with the ISD. In others, the outcome required us to do more which always meant spending more money than we believed we could.