Tonawanda News — It happened just recently with the Ken-Ton School District’s consolidation project. That process went on for nearly two years with meeting after meeting to gather resident input.
Based on these meetings, several different consolidation scenarios were presented to the public. After even more meetings with the public, those scenarios were whittled down to four options.
The district gathered the public’s input on the four proposals before finally voting on the consolidation plan that was ultimately chosen.
Even after all of that, people still complained about the process and that their voices were not heard.
The district may not have chosen the proposal that pleased everyone but people had every opportunity to make their voices heard.
It’s just like with voting. During an election season, people gripe and complain about certain candidates and issues. But when it comes time to vote, polls show low voter turnout rates.
How can you effect change if you don’t participate in the process? If you want your voice heard, you have to show up to make sure it’s heard.
Believe me, I know how hectic people’s schedules are these days. And getting to every meeting is obviously not possible. But if you don’t attend meetings just because you can’t be bothered then you don’t have a right to complain after the fact.
If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.
Amy Wallace is the city editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Amy Wallace is the city editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact her at email@example.com.