Letter to the Editor Re: Final Wi-Fi Argumentes Heard: The Next Steps (unpublished)

Editor, Victoria News

Dear Editor :                                                         Re: Final WiFi Arguments Heard: The Next Steps
On March 4, 2011, Saanich News reported that no timeline has been set for the  Wi-Fi  Committee to report, according to School Board Chairman Tom Ferris.
This is a critical time in the development of a School District 61 Safe Technology Policy.
Effective executives make effective decisions, by concentrating on what is strategic, rather than solving problems. An effective decision is always a judgment informed by dissenting opinions, rather than a consensus of the facts. Effective decision makers strive to find the constants in a situation. They want to know what the decision is all about and the underlying realities the policy has to satisfy. They want a positive impact.
The job of  the School District 61  WiFi Committee is to make recommendations for managing the risk of wireless technology. This means listening to all public input, considering potential consequences of doing nothing, and to manage the risk of this controversial technology at reduced levels. The insights of Peter Bernstein, risk management expert, can guide us:

 “The essence of risk management lies in maximizing the areas where we have some control over the outcome while minimizing the areas where we have absolutely no control over the outcome and the linkage between effect and cause and effect is hidden from us.”

School District 61 Trustees have an awesome responsibility. They must put first things first, and this means doing no harm, especially to the most vulnerable, our children and grandchildren.

It is critical our Trustees do the right thing.

Yours truly,

Linda Travers

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