A key role of the board is effective engagement with the community at large. Community members regularly speak out at meetings for safe schools, safe transportation to and from those schools, and equitable facilities. They also testify against the massive costs tied to the digital initiative implemented by our former superintendent. When hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to lease a laptop for every student — all 113,000 of them — what is lost, especially in a county where nearly half of the students live in poverty? When every line item of the budget is raided to fund this as-yet unproven initiative, what is left to address the most basic needs of students? For example, how can additional support staff be hired to prevent teachers from being assaulted?