Here is a direct quote from Claude Rolo:
During a joint meeting this week, Salisbury board Chairman Claude Rolo talked about the difficulty of the region getting things done. He said the environment is such that it’s not conducive to significant changes in the district. “I question the logic of spending resources on attorneys, litigation, threats — we can’t get off the dime in that kind of environment,” Rolo said.
Where was Mr. Rolo’s concern about litigation caused by questionable actions of the Region One administration in the the past two years?
The suit against the Superintendent that the board settled for around $200,000.00. (click on link below for suit)
The suit the assistant superintendent brought against Gale Toensing settled with another buy-out (retirement they call it!) around $200,000.00.
Where is Mr. Rolo’s outrage of the non educational money the administrations screw ups has cost this district in the past two years?
That is $400,000.00 dollars taken from the taxpayers of this district to defend questionable actions by the top two administrators in the district, not spent on education..not a dime.
Now he complains?
Now understand, I agree that a NEW agreement should be negotiated and signed by the Region One Board and The ABC Committee (yes committee as they have no spending authority). But, as I have stated before, one of the benchmark decisions in the formation of Region One was that every taxpayer would pay the same amount per student. If this foolish “1/7th” rule is finalized, that will not be the case…and that is just plain wrong, and is contrary to the original guidelines that set up Region One.
The A.B.C. committee and Region One board with the “1/7″ rule have opened ” Pandora’s box” (For those of you unaware….the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences.), and the possible resulting reactions to Mr. Rolo’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy are now just about a certainty.
Considering the money the ABC and Region One board have thrown away on buy-outs,not education in the last two years..the taxpayers in Region One can relate to an old saying….”Pay me now, or you can pay me later”.