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Behind our backs???

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Category: Middletown City Schools
Forum Name: School Board
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Printed Date: Feb 19 2019 at 8:02am


Topic: Behind our backs???
Posted By: Mike_Presta
Subject: Behind our backs???
Date Posted: Feb 01 2019 at 3:58am
Well, this week seems like the School District has been learning some tricks from city council.

Not only did they bring up the plan to spend the $10,000,000 with nearly no notice to the public (instead of just saving it and lowering our taxes a tad).  But then, after they shot down that speedball plan by the superintendent, they had "an early morning, special meeting hastily called"!!!  There was way less than 24 hours notice in the electronic Journal-News, which I guess is now our newspaper of record.

Just like with city council, they seem to be adopting the "keep the public in the dark...all they have to do is pay for it" mode!


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Posted By: VietVet
Date Posted: Feb 01 2019 at 4:21pm
The 10 mil overage was not in the plans at the time the levy was voted on. Because the school people have an excess from the levy approval of our tax money, they should approach the public with a request for disposition. I would like to see the overage returned to the taxpayer regardless of the amount dealt back to each household in Middletown. They have no right to keep this money and spend it on yet another school addition that was not in the plans before we all voted on their dam levy. The superintendent is whining about 28 kids per class. We once could do classroom instruction with 40 per class and were good at it as to results. Now, they try to make it as easy as possible with drastically reduced student numbers to teach.

It is not your money school board and Mr. Superintendent. It needs to be returned to the people. I noticed that option was never discussed at the regular school board meeting nor at the early morning emergency meeting.

You are correct Mike. The secrecy continues in this city from both the school board and the city council on certain issues. Hasn't been an open government nor open school board for decades around here. Seems we have a bad habit of electing candidates of entitlement once in office. All forget who they are suppose to be working for after being elected. Vote them all off both school board and council next time. Neither is effective in executing their duties. We deserve better as to open dialogue.

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I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.


Posted By: buddhalite
Date Posted: Feb 01 2019 at 4:22pm
I saw the emergency meeting was called about three hours after it was over...but have not heard what happened there. Anyone have insights on the outcome?

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"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."—Henry David Thoreau


Posted By: VietVet
Date Posted: Feb 01 2019 at 4:32pm
Originally posted by buddhalite buddhalite wrote:

I saw the emergency meeting was called about three hours after it was over...but have not heard what happened there. Anyone have insights on the outcome?


At 7:30AM, with few, if any in attendance, the superintendent apologized to the school board for not informing them in a timely manner. He gave the "I'm sorry, it was my fault"....."I will inform you well beforehand"....."I will work on another proposal that will gain more favor from the school community" speech and the school board was appeased with the response. About it from the video played from what I saw.

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I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.


Posted By: middletownscouter
Date Posted: Feb 01 2019 at 11:02pm
The $10 million overage plan for using it at Central Academy first was published in a J-N article back in October, and then again on January 3rd.
https://www.journal-news.com/news/local-education/middletown-elementary-get-million-addition/mFw5IeIJ5scePKc4R6hfYN/" rel="nofollow - https://www.journal-news.com/news/local-education/middletown-elementary-get-million-addition/mFw5IeIJ5scePKc4R6hfYN/

My understanding from the special meeting was that any actions are being postponed for one year to allow for further review.


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There are two types of people: those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. People who walk the walk sometimes talk the talk but most times they don't talk at all, 'cause they walkin.'



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