Who is watching what is going on in the School District? The Independence School District is probably one of the largest employers in the City and certainly has one of the biggest budgets of any enterprise here. Decisions made by the School Board and its administrators impact thousands of students and their families as well as influencing property values and livability perceptions throughout the community.
Typically, a local newspaper such as the Examiner or the Star would help keep any decisions transparent and public and, to some extent, assist citizens in holding their elected representatives accountable. Yet, even to the casual observer, the Independence School District often gets a "pass" in the local media. The Examiner is basically just another vehicle for the District to publish its press releases.
No one is watching the "hen house" - so to speak. And when that happens - especially when money is involved - bad things can happen. (Remember what happened in the Liberty School District?)