Some of the unbelievable quotes from Board Chair Jonathan Moore of Kent after the budget defeat:
Region One Report will answer them quote by quote (in italics)
Mooreism 1) “Does the board have a choice?,” he said. “Sure, we can offer to buy the two administrators out, to the tune of at least three-quarters of a million dollars in addition to new hires. So, ultimately, it will be about money and who runs the district.”
Our reply: The board HAD a choice at the last meeting, just watch the video when they shot down the Sharon representatives motion to simply ask the administration to negotiate buy outs. Oh, and by the way, the current contracts will cost around a million dollars if completed, so a buy out of three-quarters of a million dollars saves a quarter of a million dollars to put towards a new Superintendent and a new Director Of Instruction (in place of the Assistant ), combine that with some early retirement packages and you can keep the cost around the same!
Mooreism 2) “The only change: I am afraid our principal may have had enough and may be seeking employment elsewhere.” This statement is not fact, but a strong intuition.
Our reply: The Webster definition of intuition: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference. (Now that sounds like our chairman!)
Wow, Mr. Moore finally admits he makes statements that are NOT facts! Did Mr. Moore have a conversation with Mr. Harnett? If Gale Toensing is not allowed to speak to the teachers, why is Mr. Moore?
Mooreism 3) “Overall,” Moore continued, “if the referenda are not about money, they certainly have nothing to do with education. That is clear now. It is about power. A group of people, the core of which drove the last superintendent out 13 years ago, want to get rid of the superintendent and her assistant.
Our reply: The good news, FINALLY! After four votes, Mr. Moore gets that its not about money!! The bad news his “intuition” about what it is. If only Mr. Moore knew the person who leaked the story that eventually led to Mr. O’ Brien’s exit. A hint Mr. Moore..an up-and-coming star in the Central Office. There are plenty of people who worked in the region then that know the truth….hmmm where was Mr. Moore back then? Oh, maybe it’s his “intuition” operating on overtime again!
Mooreism 4) “They did not participate in the process; instead they are using the budget to overrule a majority decision arrived at through due process,” he concluded. “The people who are following them need to think about why. Are they basing their votes on fact or innuendo?”
Our reply: Not participate in the process! Watch the videos of ALL THE BUDGET sessions with the public. A petition of over 200 students was presented, people lined up and spoke at length about what they did not like not once, not twice, but three times! And four votes. A.B.C. meetings are purposely held in small rooms, limiting access to the public, who is he kidding? The public is basing their votes on the total lack of leadership, and the confused, irrational behavior of the board. Oh, and by the way, 62% NO from the taxpaying public is a majority that trumps a decision of 6 every time….
Comments like these will NOT get the budget passed. Mr. Moore, almost 800 people voted no on the 23rd of July. 62 percent of the public that voted. Mr. Moore, significant changes are coming to the board, and it’s our “intuition” that you get out of the tub if you don’t want to be thrown out with the bath water.