I think this whole debate could have been a lot more positive if there had been an official way to channel the whole process through strategic planning. There could have been a lot more problem-solving. Instead of arguing whether we should or shouldn't do one thing (MI) based on speculation about what we can and can't do in the big picture, we could have been getting down to brass tacks to figure out how to get the most with what we actually have.
Several posters have spoken eloquently to the need to discuss MI in the broader context of district needs and priorities. Had this happened, I think this could have significantly decreased opposition to MI and allowed for more creative solutions.
I still don't even have a vague idea of how the strategic planning process will happen, and to what extent the community can be involved. Also, how can community members get access to information about other issues involved in the strategic plan before the discussions begin? Anyone???
It would be great to see people channel all this energy into debating and refining the big picture. Ultimately, we would get more done.