Toledo Public School Board Meeting-Transparency Where?

I witnessed the Toledo Public School Board of Education meeting tonight and it was a barrel of laughs, around the "horseshoe" many concerns by myself and other spectators and maybe violations of the sunshine laws, by the board members. But then what do you expect, that was how Three for Children was born, Larry Sykes (he's baacck), Deborah Barnett and Steve Steel.

The first concern was the absence of Jack Ford with no explanation given for his non appearance. While the cat is away, the mice will play. And play they did. Not a lucid moment was recorded at the meeting. In order to bring clarity to my concerns, I will list them in order:
1. Usually the unions (TFT, TAAP, and AFSME) give a report or pound the table demanding something but tonight, the only union rep that spoke was TAAP and what he said was so innocuous that I don't even remember what he said. This quietness, two months before their contracts expire with the ME - TOO's was very disconcerting.

2. Facing a 33 million dollar deficit, there was no mention of any cuts that may/will have to be made.

3. No real discussion of who will replace John Foley as superintendent who resigned effective the end of the school year. However, Larry Sykes who before the election at a candidates forum at DeVeaux Middle School said that John Foley should be fired, said tonight that he hoped Mr. Foley would consider the offer that they (the new 2010 Board) gave him which is a two year extension of his present contract. I have no idea when the board met to discuss and make the decision (in executive session) to offer Mr. Foley the extension of two years. I could be wrong but wouldn't that have to be discussed between all of the board members? I know Jack Ford was against anything longer than a year contract. Maybe that is why he was not in attendance.

4. Robert Vasquez offered the information that he had met with the prosecutor and the auditor concerning the Dan Burns fiasco. How he would have anything to offer is beyond me, as he was not on the board when any of that took place, unless he had private citizens investigated during his watch.

5. There is going to be a levy put on the ballot soon because there is no new money coming into the schools (according to the board members) and students leaving the district as was so eloquently mentioned during the public speaking segment of the meeting,. But that was barely mentioned at the end although they did come up with a meeting date to discuss putting a levy on the ballot, one that incidentally Lisa Sobecki said she might not vote for -"liar, liar, pants on fire." Why would she not vote for it? It would not be tied to any substantial or sustained changes that need to be made. Her children will be taken care of, which brings me to #6.

6, Resolutions accepting the lowest and responsible bids in connection with the construction of the New Ottawa River Middle School Addition, totalling millions of dollars. This is just so wrong. There are schools that have not had a dime spent on them and Ottawa River's hand is in the pot again for millions, a move to keep certain students out of Leverette, a school plagued by teacher apathy, student failure and a staff that can't keeps its hand off of the students. But Lisa Sobecki's children will attend this school and she is on the committe to make sure this happens. Nepotism at it's lowest.

Anyone reading this should start questioning this board, it's actions and lack of actions. If there is not a credible school system the city WILL not prosper.

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I saw a commercial today called Homefinders.com. Their "spiel" is for you to call them and they can sell you a home where there is a good school system. If this board continues having meetings with no substance the district will NEVER improve and no houses will be sold in Toledo..

Also there was a mention that TPS should be sending books that are no longer in use to Haiti. Mr. Foley stated that they had already been sending school desks to Haiti. Excuse me, I don't think, desks or books are a priority in Haiti at this time. How out of touch is this board and superintendent?

Good notes from the BOE meeting tonight - glad I got to attend. Couple of issues that I noted....the District has received 69 resumes/applications for them to consider hiring an on staff attorney. This idea was brought forward for the first time years back by Steven Flagg after he reviewed the expensive high cost of attorney fees which are often spent to defend the district when suits are brought forward. Any idea on what took so long?

Good point on Mr. Sykes comment at the end. Many may not have even picked up on it. Big question is - did they offer John Foley a 2 year contract extension and was this done without tranparancy or a boe meeting held? I think the fact that there is no RFP to select a search firm yet once again speaks loudly to more of the same.

Finally there will be a special board meeting next Thursday to consider a levy - more taxes, less Toledo taxpayers who have been hit hard by job losses, pay reductions or furloughs in 2009, higher costs on most family expenses - anything from milk to health care during a very difficult recession - no changes at TPS and an auditors report detailing the of lack of internal checks and balances and still no statement from the LCty prosecutors office yet. Help me understand this - maybe best way to sum it all up is = business as usual.

report. It is very usefrul.

That All Of BOE members are GUN SHY and afraid to say ANYTHING PUBLICLY . GUILTY?
THE CITIZENS ARE WATCHING THEM and they know it. So nothing is going to be accomplished by these Politicians BECAUSE THEY CANT GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. FYI, The only thing in the middle of the road is the Yellow line and a Dead Skunk.
What about a RECALL?
KEEP THE SPOTLIGHT ON THEM AND THROW THE ELECTED MEMBERS OUT & SEND ALL OF THE BACK-ROOM-FRONT-OFFICE-GANG to jail.

MISS DEEJAY!!!!!
YOUR INCOHERENT THOUGHTS ARE WELCOME, BUT PLEASE STOP CAPITALIZING HALF OF WHAT YOU -- yes, you!!!! -- TYPE. IF YOU WANT TO SHOUT, ROLL UP YOUR WINDOW AND SCREAM AT THE NEIGHBORS. This blog WELCOMES RANTS but please use traditional upper and lower case while doing so. I GET A HEADACHE -- A HEADACHE!! -- trying to read YOUR STUFF!!!!

Patience is a great virtue.

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Thank You donwert for your suggestions I hope that your head explodes. lol Is that incoherent enough for your little eyes,

Now that's what I call comedy! :0

if TPS puts a levy on the may ballot I along with all my family and friends will do all that we can via text, tweet, email, facebook, myspace, blogs and more to block it and not support it at all.

they use money for investigations that are not needed, they fire people that should not be fired and keep people that should be fired, they have sexual predators (3 in one building in 3 years), and people stealing over a half millioan dollars and they want us to pass a levy???? wtf are they thinking?

this is from the blade:
According to records, Mr. Foley's signature appeared on a 2006 check paying for the investigations of the district critics. The superintendent says that check was "signed with an automated procedure" while he was on vacation. That suggests the practice of automated signatures needs a thorough review.

foly is not an honset man and should be fired!!!!!! he already lied about not knowing of complaints on steven riddle before the sexting issue.

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