a. WRITE the Superintendent, first about any issue BEFORE attending a school board meeting
b. Not mention names of district employees
c. The "Onesie Rule": Not speak in support of any issue that anyone else mentioned earlier in the
in-name-only Open Forum
d. Wait patiently by their mailbox !!!--for a reply that might or might NOT come,
weeks after said Open Forum. Seriously. Might come when you win the Readers Digest
The All-for-One True Blue Blood Oath
The school board also seemingly took a blood oath and foresook their integrity, revising their Code of Ethics, (LOL) never to disagree in public with any board position. Especially if they disagreed.
Having watched the Trump administration try this tactic, sending generals out to back up crazy actions, it makes me wonder, how's that working for ya?
|Our SMSD Three Monkeys! New school board president Sara Goodburn--the paper waving scolder of parents making comments--plus former prez Deb Zila, cozied up to departing Superintendent Jim Hinson. Photo by Shawnee Mission Post.com|
Huge praise goes to Jay Senter, publisher of an unrelated blog, Shawnee Mission Post, which has dogged this story ever since they revealed the conflict of interest story when Deb Zila, the school board member who was prez when she hired her 'school crush', Jim Hinson, as Superintendent. And then Mommy Deb snuck through on a consent agenda the CBIZ contract for insurance benefits admin. Her daughter Mallory, former Nordstrom customer service gal, administers the benefits plan for our school district! And Mom Deb didn't think she needed to pull that off consent agenda--and ABSTAIN!
Well, now Hinson has suddenly resigned--before we figger out how to get the Ks. Legislature to fund us so schools re-open in August.
Cheers to the ACLU of Kansas for writing Sara Goodburn and 'splaining the First Amendment to her. (She might have missed that chapter in history class.) Clearly, the SM School Board has spent too much time emulating the KCMO City Council! Suppressing speech, voter turnout, public information, etc.
Sara Goodburn scolded a parent for asking about Deb Zila's failure to abstain, and her conflict of interest on the CBIZ contract. A totally valid point. And, even with the new gag order, Zila is NOT an employee of the district, so the Open Forum rule didn't even apply to her. (Goodburn admitted that later.)
One clever parent threaded the needle at the last meeting asking pointedly, without naming any names:
1. "Will the contract for the NEXT SMSD superintendent have a moral turpitude clause?"
2. "Is anyone on this board currently having an inappropriate relationship with any district employee?"
The board and the audience gasped audibly. Stunned silence. Absolutely NO response! The dead elephant in the middle of the room cinched up his necktie, and stared at his shoes during the awkward silence, till Sara Goodburn asked for another patron to approach the mike.
Question: Do we think the district, or the superintendent, before he leaves this month, will respond in writing???? Or maybe on his way out the door, he will start tweeting...
Here are excerpts from Doug Bonney's great ACLU letter:
See related post about SMSD in RH column.
also, read www.kcmopost.com for other news that will make you so glad you live in Kansas.