I read with interest the letter from trustee Wendy Leece expressing
her desire to be president of the school board ("Trustee requests board
presidency," Dec. 6). She has thus far been denied this position by the
board for good reason. The board does not trust her to lead in a fair
In trying to decide whether you trust someone, it is best to look at
their underlying motivation. Leece's underlying motivation is to convert
others to her religion. In a free country such as ours, it is
inappropriate to have a leader in the public school system with this as
Our children are precious to us. We give of ourselves as parents so
that they will hold dear what we value as individual families. Leece
would gladly penetrate this inner sanctum where spiritual family values
The reason there is a separation between church and state is to ensure
that the state will in no circumstance invade this personal area. With
all of her talk of values, I don't feel Leece truly believes in this
intrinsic American value, which has brought us greatness as a nation.
Great Sunday editorial ("School boarding is not a team sport," Dec.
16). With trustees Martha Fluor and Dana Black's way of thinking, why do
we need seven members on the board when they only want one mind. After
enduring many years of name-calling (narrow-minded, extremist, etc.),
trustee Wendy Leece must be singing that old playground standard: "I'm
rubber, you're glue, whatever you call me bounces off and sticks to you."
Much has been written about tolerance. Wendy Leece claims she is
marginalized as a school board member because of her "different" views.
However, tolerance means that you do not sit in judgment of another's
views. Leece simply can't claim her colleagues on the board are
intolerant because they do not accept her views as their own.
From watching the board meetings, it is apparent that board members
and staff listen intently to Leece's comments, patiently answer her
questions and tolerate her diatribes and reading of prepared political
In fact, I witnessed a board meeting in which Leece attacked fellow
board member Jim Ferryman's character and called for his resignation.
Ferryman politely accepted her criticism, responded that he respected her
opinion and her right to express it. That to me was the ultimate lesson
* EDITOR'S NOTE: JoAnn Copp teaches at the Davis Education Center in