Thursday, April 11, 2013

Roundup: BOE News Update

The more things change the more they stay the same.  Last night’s Board of Education meeting was just that.  The administration would speak, the entire board (minus one gadfly member) would drool (or maybe it should be spelled drewl).  The current members were elected for change. They showed up fired Mikey, hired Pat, hired a few other new folks and then put their hats and sun glasses on and said that was too much like work.  Now they sit in their lawn chairs (or in some cases stand on a porch) and watch the tax paper bend over more and more each year.  Here some highlights from last night’s meeting you may or may not have missed. Lots of $$$$$$$$$BOE$$$$$$$$$$

1.       IT Director $102,191.00 a year.  “Hey Mayor What Happened?  Shared Services, NO?  Really? So, were back to two IT Directors in the City? And you had time to go see Obama on Monday? Is he helping Middletown? “

2.       The board is so tired from working sooo hard, Mitch, Eddie, and everyone’s (especially Ryan Kennedy) favorite TED dy Bear didn’t show. Thanks for representing the voters. (Absent).

3.       The board approved the approval of hiring a temporary Facilities Director from a private company called Sodexo. They won’t even tell you how much this is costing. 

4.       No. focus group, no workshop, doesn’t even tell the people who are affected. Just jam it down their throat and they will have to deal with it.  WESU suburb, the Pikes Ravine area, was moved to Macdonough Elementary back in 2009. Bad times, people sold their house because of this. Now less than five full years later back to Snow Elementary and Farm Hill they go.  People need to ask if one board member who lives in the village district had anything personal to gain.  The committee who recommended this is chaired by Ed McKeon. His neighborhood now gets moved back to Farm Hill School.  Fishy?

4.5   Sheila Daniels- If you speak against something, most people would then vote against it.  We all know you’re related to Earle, but you do not have to act like him...

5.       The board went into executive session to discuss non-renewing of contracts.  What the Insiders sources at the BOE building are saying is Mayor Drew lied again.  No layoffs????  Not so much!!! Over 50 layoff notices went out to teachers. Tommy’s son is safe, is yours?

6.       Also, did anyone hear Ryan Kennedy mention the BOE met on Saturday morning- 9am?  Hello TRANSPARENCY?? I think Seb Giuliano needs to send Chief McKenna over there again to chase those fools out of there? Shake em down!!!!  24 hour police presence, I think so!

7.       Why was Former Councilman David Bauer outside peeking into the Chamber?  It was seventy degrees out and this guy is wearing a winter hat!

The Board of Education will be in front of the Common Council for their budget workshop on April 16, 2013 at 7pm. Phil & Joe – we get it, it's for the kids. Drinking game anyone?


  1. Ed4Ed was busy helping MM shred documents and unable to attend Tuesday's meeting.

    He was however at the illegal Saturday meeting after being escorted off a porch. No tasing was involved as that is reserved for children, the infirmed and elderly.

  2. Very good. Well,if the son of the former mayor gets laid off, pops can front him some cash from his pension. I mean when you make that type of coin and you color your own hair with KiWi black shoe polish I'm sure your pretty frugal all the way around.

  3. I read Ms. Daniels' comments in a different article and had to go back and reread the vote cause from what was said, I'd thought that she'd voted against it.

    BTW, what went wrong with the redistricting that was just done that it needs to be changed again so soon?

  4. Why would you send capt coverup aka chief make it up as I go, anywhere? Send someone with professionalism , excellence and integrity . If you can find one. There may be a few left. Maybe!

  5. Spot redistricting is a tool by which a town can remedy variances from the mandates stemming from the Sheff v. Oneill case. It means that no one school (i.e. MacDonough) can have a minority rate 20% higher than the townwide average.
    When the number of students involved is under fifty, you can spot redistrict, versus redoing all the districts lack happened last time.
    So, MacDonough got a little too dark, and moving these kids to (White like) Snow and Farm Hill will put the City back into compliance.

  6. Bravo to you guys for taking a stand against Ed's hypocrisy! He likes to brag how he got more votes than the mayor and Nocera,too big an ego.

  7. Ed4Ed is now illegally "attending" BOE meetings by skyping his vote in! Of course the BOE rules don't allow for attendance this way, but it's okay for Ed4Ed, not the rest of us!

  8. Ed4Ed skyping from Molly's front porch!

  9. Years ago when Evelyn Russo asked to do this via phone or video phone because of a disability she was not permitted. WOW guess party matters

  10. So if the rules don't let someone phone or video participate in the meeting, does Ed4Ed's vote count?

    Did new city lawyers tell him he could skype the meeting?

  11. The BOE is breaking all kinds of rules - latest is they handed over management of the cafeterias (not a bad thing) to Sodexho without going out to bid. The federal school lunch rules require that they go out to bid.

    Maybe they thought no one would notice, or they are too dumb to know?

  12. That is a very legitimate question as to why this contract for cafeteria services was not put out to bid. The modular unit to be used for the Veteran's Museum, the services for an alternative city hall addition to be used as a senior center, and the services for the Complete Streets plan as $20,000 contract were all also not out out to bid to our knowledge. We hope to be able to find answers.

  13. Read the memeo in this link from the state department of education which says that you "must conduct a formal bid process" for a food service management contract.


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