In the next few days, we will be writing in greater detail about tonight's (8/26/13) Board Meeting, but after listening via live-stream, we felt the community deserved to hear immediately from us a list of the meeting "low lights:"
1. Three days into the new school year, at the first "business" meeting of the Board of Education, we were shocked that there was NO "new business" on the agenda. The lack of new business speaks volumes. Guess Dr. Schuster has very tight reins over what the Board is asked to discuss.
2. New meeting, NO NELSON! Not really shocking, since we've come to expect his empty seat. Last meeting, he was not physically present, but at least he called in. Tonight, he didn't even bother to do that. Out of 18 meetings this year, he has only attended 7. He's missed 9 entirely (50%) and only been present by phone at 2. His seat has been "empty" for 11 meetings. Disgraceful. Please resign Mr. Nelson. You have shown no commitment and should give up your seat on the Board.
3. A new low was reached tonight, when Dr. Schuster and the Board (other than Board Members Heneghan and Garg) refused to allow Community Member Matt Bousquette -- an appointed member on the "Smart Goals" Subcommittee created at the last meeting -- to participate in the presentation and discussion on the proposed Smart Goals. Dr. Schuster and the Board should be embarrassed by the hypocrisy shown -- not to mention the disrespect -- in refusing his participation. More later on that fiasco.
4. There was confirmation that seven administrators (not six as previously reported) attended Kurt Schneider's "on the side" symposium and that access to the materials they received while attending the conference has been denied to Board Member Heneghan. More later on that waste of taxpayer money.