Tahoe Truckee school board doesn’t adopt Speak Your Peace; could be agendized at later meeting
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; School district trustees on Wednesday chose not to adopt the region-wide Speak Your Peace campaign after citing concerns about how it was devised.
Speak Your Peace aims to improve the civil discourse in the community by asking residents and groups to accept the nine tools of public civility and#8212; pay attention, listen, be inclusive, donand#8217;t gossip, show respect, be agreeable, apologize, give constructive criticism and take responsibility.
The campaign is spearheaded by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.
Trustee Bev Ducey originally made a motion to adopt the campaign at Wednesdayand#8217;s Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board meeting, and trustee Lisa Mohun objected.
and#8220;I donand#8217;t think this resolution belongs at the board level,and#8221; Mohun said.
Mohun said the board already follows a series of norms, including Californiaand#8217;s Brown Act, and doesnand#8217;t need to adopt the nine tools as they are already followed by the board.
Trustee Kirsten Livak expressed reservations about TTCFand#8217;s decision to follow those specific norms, saying the group didnand#8217;t follow its own rule of inclusiveness when coming up with the rules.
and#8220;They didnand#8217;t ask for community input on it,and#8221; Livak said. and#8220;The organization itself wasnand#8217;t inclusive.and#8221; Livak also sheand#8217;d like to see a cultural/linguistic sensitivity piece in the norms.
Board President Kristy Olk said the tools would serve as a visual reminder to the community on how to comport itself in public.
The board and#8212; sans trustee Bill Kraus, who missed the meeting and therefore could not offer his opinion and#8212; eventually tabled discussion on the item after Ducey withdrew her motion. It can be discussed at another meeting.
Mohun encouraged individual residents to sign up for the campaign, but reiterated again it wasnand#8217;t appropriate to adopt at the board level.
Other community boards, such as the Tahoe City Public Utility District and Truckee Town Council, have adopted resolutions to adhere to the Speak Your Peace campaign.