Do not criticize the Wichita school board. It’s disrespectful.


When she was president of the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district, Betty Arnold let citizens know the real purpose of board meetings, and how citizens should behave.

At the meeting, citizens had criticized the board for large and important issues, but also for such mundane things as the amount of the superintendent’s monthly car allowance. Arnold admonished citizens for speaking about things like this in public. It’s not respectful, she said.

Finally, after directing a uniformed security guard to station himself near a citizen speaker, Arnold told the audience: “If we need to clear the room, we will clear the room. This board meeting is being held in public, but it is not for the public, or of the public. And I hope you understand that.”

She then reminded the speaker: “Again, I am asking your comments to please be respectful. No accusations are necessary.”

This certainly lets citizens know the applicability of the term public when it comes to our public schools.


11 responses to “Do not criticize the Wichita school board. It’s disrespectful.”

  1. Rodney Wren, Sr.

    How is Betty Arnold still an elected official?!?

  2. Believe it or not, she’s running for election this spring with no opponent.

  3. Anonymous

    Funny, I didn’t hear Betty Arnold say that the accusation was untrue.

  4. greg

    Yikes—How arrogant. These people that have bullied and/or bought and/or have tricked their way into positions of “leadership” in Wichita have really shown themselves to be uninformed of how govn’t is supposed to work . Either uninformed , or just plain ignore it and take advantage of the fact that too many of our citizens anymore are “low-information” voters and really don’t know what is going on, or are too busy watching TV or their IPAD to really care or find out. This is sad and scary that the Wichita BOE and city council get away w/ this stuff………

  5. Mike Howerter

    What a fool! Did this make the front page
    of the Wichita newspaper?

  6. the Red Queen

    Anothert Scarlet Letter in our midst! Only this time the A is for Arrogance. Who is running against Aronld and where do I send a check?

  7. the Red Queen

    I stand corrected; after watching the video… it is not a Scarlet”A” but rather, a big fat scarlet “B”….
    Arnold points her finger just like Obama when he talks down to the Ameican public.
    How disappointing she supposedly represents her district and what a shining example to our children.

  8. Excuse me?!? Do the people at the meetings pay your salary? I think I know someone who needs to change her tone, as she doesn’t have the slightest clue about what she’s saying.

  9. Someone needs to run against her simply to put her in her place.

  10. sue c.

    This elitist behavior should not be allowed. She reminds me of Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake!”

  11. Cindy D.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. The only thing changed here are the names and faces. School board still acting like community speech Nazis.

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