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The Board of Education and Promises Broken

Recap of 1/14 Board of Education meeting.

I went to the West Orange Board of Education meeting tonight Monday, January 14, 2013.  The contract with the teachers union will not made be public until tomorrow which is after the meeting and after the vote that passed five to zero. So we have a contract until June 30, 2015 and the public does not truly know what is in it and what it will truly cost. I asked directly to the board “under this contract what is the mean cost in salary and benefits per teacher would be?”  I could not get an answer other than we don’t know at this time.  Since I could not get a honest direct answer to a basic and fair question: this gives me a strong reason to believe that this contract was voted on without the Board Members having a true understanding of what is the contract is all about and what its implication will be on the taxpayers.

The labor attorney for the board Mr. Stern indicated that it would have been legally permissible to release contract to the public before the meeting as the West Orange Teachers Union voted on a few days before the board voted. In fairness to Mr. Stern he did question the wisdom or releasing the document before the vote. 

So it my view the promises of fiscal responsibility and transparency made by Mr. Charles, Ms. Brill, Ms. Lab, Ms. Mordecai, and Ms Casalino while campaigning for the respective elections were broken in this meeting.       

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wohopeful January 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM
It is not surprising that the information was not made avaialble. There is a pattern with the WOBOE that they are stripping the public of their rights as we no longer have the ability to vote on the annual budget, no longer have the ability to challenge through inittiative and referendum any major project, Administrators dismissed costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars with no explanations,etc. Instead they have chosen to take a path of secrecy and want to manage the WOBOE like they are playing a game of cloak and daggers. This is unacceptable and we must put an end to it with the last right we have left before they take that from us as well. We must vote to remove these cilprits from the WOBOE and replace them with honest people who understand that they must provide a quality education at an affordable price.
john anthony prignano January 15, 2013 at 04:48 PM
wohopeful Terrific comments. .

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