What Do Teachers Make?
The dinner guests were sitting
around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with
education. He argued,
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his
best option in
life was to become a teacher?"
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You were a
Jim. Be honest. What did you make?"
Jim, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness
"You want to know what I make? (He paused for a second, then
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they
I make a C+ student feel like the Congressional Medal of
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their
parents can't make
them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to
know what I make?"
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything
need to know about English while preserving their unique
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand, placing their hand over their
heart to say
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God,
we live in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can
succeed in life.
Jim paused and then continued.
"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me
knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high
no attention because they are ignorant....
You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What do you make Mr. CEO?"
Letters to the Editor
Subject: Pergrines not climate change
From: Art Cooley
Date: March 19, 2012
As you well know most of my emails have been
about climate change. Today, the subject is
the ban on DDT and the recovery of four
magnificent bird species; the Bald Eagle,
Osprey, Brown Pelican and Peregrine Falcon.
Phil Unitt in his book, San Diego County Bird
Atlas (2004) reports that all four species are
recovering from the extensive use of DDT.
With the Federal ban on DDT in 1972, that
recovery began. With the introduction of hand
reared birds, the recovery continued and
strengthened. Today, for the first time since
1936, a Bald Eagle pair is nesting
successfully in San Diego County. Ospreys
increasingly are building nests, one even on
the mast of a boat in a local marina. And,
anyone who goes to the beach will be impressed
with the scores of Brown Pelicans that
regularly soar on the updrafts.
Earlier this month while watching
(intermittently, I will admit) the seals at
the Children's Pool and reading, I saw a
Peregrine fly in, and after 4 or 5 passes,
capture a pigeon and fly off to the north,
presumably to a nesting site. It was
especially significant to me as I helped form
the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the
organization that is most responsible for the
ban on DDT. Today, in a building across from
the EDF office in San Francisco there is a
peregrine falcon's nest. This
leads to a page on EDF's website and a click
away from the image transmitted by a camera
that has been documenting this nesting pair
for nearly a decade. The camera has been
placed and is maintained by the Santa Cruz
Predatory Bird Research Group.
While one is lucky to see a Peregrine Falcon
at the Children's Pool, you are guaranteed a
view of the pair nesting in San Francisco.
This pair now has four eggs with hatching due
sometime later this month. Please watch both
online and at the Children's Pool for
Peregrines and enjoy the remarkable recovery
of the other three iconic species. It is,
indeed, a time of rejuvenation
Environmental Defense Fund
Subject: Updated info on South Country
From: Chris Picini <email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2012
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the BOE meeting this past Wednesday
due to a work commitment. I have spent a good
part of today sorting through accounts from
community members that were there as well as
assessing the letters and op-ed piece in the LI
Advance. As I read the Advance and sift through
the documents I have in regards to these
scandals I’m really confused about the BOE
President and Vice Presidents statements in
regards to Mr. O’Connell’s notice of claim and
when they were made aware of it. In a letter to
the editor today Kevin Kirk claims that he was
notified at the same time as all the other BOE
members about this claim. Based on the timeline
I’ve put together I don’t see how that is
possible. If he or someone else has information
to disprove this timeline please let me know and
I will correct my statements. It is not my
intention to perpetuate any falsehoods.
August 24, 2011: Kevin O’Connell submits a ‘notice of claim’ to the
District Clerk. In this notice he alleges
wrongful termination and claims to have
information about grades being changed for a
standout football player.
August 24, 2011 or shortly after: The District Clerk forwards this
information in an email to; Joe Cipp, Nelson
Briggs, Victor Correa, Kevin Kirk & Doug Spencer
(Guercio & Guercio).
September 23, 2011: Kevin O’Connell submits to an examination by Douglas
Spencer, ESQ. Mr. O’Connell is duly sworn in by
the Notary Public. The examination takes place
at central office on Dunton Ave. We all know
what Mr. O’Connell alleges during his testimony.
Sometime during the first week of December 2011: The NY Post publishes the
now infamous article claiming grades were
changed for a member of the championship
football team. At some point during this week
and prior to the BOE meeting on December 7th the
BOE is given copies of Mr. O’Connell’s
testimony. I believe this is the timeframe in
which Kevin Kirk claims he received the notice
of claim with all the other BOE members.
The above timeline is FACT. It can not be disputed. Last week the office
of Guercio & Guercio sent each BOE member copies
of all communications (emails mostly) related to
Now again if someone from the majority of the BOE wants to reach out to me
and explain how I may have this timeline
incorrect they should feel free to do so. Until
then I will continue to present this as fact
based on the information I have been privy to.
So in my opinion the op-ed piece and Mr. Kirk’s
letter to the editor are bogus, at least as they
regard to Mr. Correa & Mr. Kirk. I have no
knowledge and am not alleging any wrongdoing by
any other majority member of the BOE. If you
consider this timeline and the undisputed fact
that Mr. Correa provided the Bronwyn Black
report direct to Joe Cipp before his oath
allowed him to, how can they claim no wrong
doing? Again, if someone has information to
prove my statement above is untrue please let me
know but I suspect I will here from no one. Even
if the allegation of grade changing is proven to
be false (which is very, very unlikely) the
handling of this claim by the BOE President, VP
and senior administrators is corrupt at best.
Now I’m told that Mr. Kirk claims he was on vacation the week in August
when the original claim was sent to him and due
to an emergency with his home he did not read
the email dated August 24th. That may be true
but to claim that he did not read it at all is
either untrue or blatant incompetence, I’m not
sure which is worse.
Now once again as the Joe Cipp supporters begin to rally around their
patriarch we once again are subjected to attacks
on Kevin O’Connell’s character. He is being
called incompetent and an extortionist. There
are also claims that Mr. O’Connell has a
checkered past with some of former past
employers. I have no idea if he had any issues
with his past positions with either the William
Floyd SD or with Copiague. What I do know is
that Mr. O’Connell received and exemplary
recommendation from his supervisor in Copiague.
And if he had some kind of issues at WF that are
so terrible why was he hired in the first place?
If they didn’t know about it then it certainly
seems convenient to me that they know about it
now. I don’t know Mr. O’Connell personally and
have never met him. His past is none of my
business. The fact remains, he made an
allegation and that allegation seems to be true
based on the report submitted by Ms. Black that
was printed in the NY Post and Newsday. Every
action taken to this point by our Superintendent
leads us to believe he is guilty, from the
alleged intimidation of those that testified
against him to his attorney claiming that Mr.
Cipp has the right to refute the testimony. If
the investigation to this point didn’t prove his
guilty then why would they feel the need to
submit evidence to the contrary? All the while
prolonging this investigation at the taxpayer’s
expense. That doesn’t sound like someone that
loves this community. It sounds more like
someone trying to preserve their legacy.
Now to address the notion that Mr. O’Connell was terminated due to
incompetence, we need to put this into
perspective. The prior year to Mr. O’Connell
becoming principal the High School was evaluated
by a committee from the NY State Department of
Education. This committee is called the Joint
Intervention Team (JIT). This committee
submitted a report (available under FOIL) to the
district known as the JIT report. There was
plenty of controversy and alleged cover up of
this report during Mr. O’Connell’s time as
principal and it is doubtful that the BOE ever
saw this report. This report is important
because it was extremely critical of the
buildings administration. So if this report
showed the principal was incompetent then why
was he elevated to Assistant Superintendent of
Human Resources and not terminated like Mr.
O’Connell. Does it have anything to do with his
history with our Superintendent? You decide.
Now if you take a moment and forget about the grade changing scandal, I
know it’s hard to do but try. As I stated in my
last email we must ask ourselves, is Mr. Cipp
doing such a great job that we should be
subjected to this type of controversy? Decide
for yourself, our High School’s graduation rate
for Regents diplomas is in the bottom 10% for
Suffolk County. The percentage of graduates that
attend a 4 year college is in the bottom 20% in
Suffolk County. Then take a minute and visit
www.greatschools.com. Look up or district and
each individual school and see how they are
doing. When an organization is struggling you
have to look at the top and make a change. Now I
know there are some that will blame teachers for
this, if so call me, I’ll argue with you until
I’m blue in the face. Are there teachers in our
district that aren’t great, sure, but what
organization doesn’t have a few week links? The
question is what are the administrators doing to
foster a better environment for learning? We
have great teachers in our district just like
many others on Long Island. The administration
needs to treat the faculty like the
professionals they are and provided a positive
workplace, proper tools and guidance to better
serve our students. Mr. Cipp may have many
accomplishments on the gridiron but they do not
entitle him to lead and institution whose
responsibility is to educate our children, even
if his supporters think so.
For those of you who have not heard by now, the Cipp supporters have begun
to rally. They are planning informative meetings
and are encouraging supporters to come out for
next weeks BOE meeting, even quoting some of my
emails and accusing me (without using my name
directly) as grandstanding for votes. All this
means to me is that next weeks meeting will be a
circus. At next weeks meeting we will be treated
to a whole bunch of Cipp supporters and a whole
bunch of Cipp critics speaking at the
microphone, I’m just wondering if we will here
from a Cipp supporter that did not play
football. Will any parents come forward and
speak about how Mr. Cipp saved their son even
though he didn’t play football? I don’t know but
I’m curious to find out. My fear for next week
is that it will not be civil. There are those on
both sides of this issue that in my opinion have
behaved in a less then desirable fashion. Recent
facebook posts actually use ignorant terms like
“tar and feather” in reference to criticism of
Joe Cipp and “old west lynch mob”. Those
comments are meant only to further divide this
community by using such hateful rhetoric. It is
incredibly irresponsible during such an
emotional debate. I urge all of those in my
network to speak if they want to but do so
respectably. Do not take the bait and sink to
the level of anyone that seeks to drag you down.
I consider my self to be a person of integrity
which is why you will not hear me screaming at
the microphone for terminations and resignations
or making comments that are intended to provoke
hate. I am simply going to continue to provide
anyone that will listen with the information I
have in a manor I feel respectable. It is
inevitable that the truth will come out and I
believe the truth will prove all of what I have
stated in this email and those of the past few
months. I hate to plead for patience but that is
what we need at this point, but do not think
it’s unimportant for you to attend BOE meetings.
Anyone that is interested should be there to
hear what’s happening for themselves. Also
remember, this is not an anti football movement
as the Cipp supporters continue to claim. This
is about right and wrong, this is about
educating the students in our community, this is
about proper handling of tax dollars, it is NOT
about vendetta’s or grudges, at least for me.
The Cipp supporters continue to lump all of his
critics into one group. They need to understand
that there are a large number of residents that
are reasonable and fair that appose Mr. Cipp and
that we have had enough.
As for the situation involving Mr. Miglino, there’s not much to say. Once
the judgment is signed he will no longer be an
employee of the district, which is not
debatable. What is in question is his appeal.
I’ve talk to BOE members on both the majority
and the minority and it appears very unlikely
that they will use district funds to pay for his
appeal and that they will honor the judgment
once it is signed. I do not know when exactly
that the signing will take place but I
understand it could be within the next week.
What we all must take into account is the risk
the BOE takes in not paying for this appeal. If
Mr. Miglino wins then the district will be
forced to reimburse him for his legal fees and
any back wages between the time of his
termination and the outcome of the appeal. I am
guessing that the BOE’s decision not to fund
these legal fees has to do with the fact that
they believe he will not win. I’m also guessing
that is from the advice of Guercio & Guercio.
What are troubling are Mr. Miglino’s own words
to a resident at this weeks meeting. Mr. Miglino
stated “My appeal will bankrupt this district”,
yes that is a quote directly from his mouth.
Does this sound like someone that’s in it for
the kids like he claims? How on Earth is this
someone that cares for this community? He can
claim all he wants that this is about politics
since Reggie Seltzer is a democrat and he is a
Conservative Republican that actively campaigns
for local politicians. He can’t make that claim
to me since I to am a Conservative Republican.
This isn’t about politics, this is about right
and wrong and I can care less how anyone votes
on Election Day (except for school elections).
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Subject: BOE VP Responds
Date: February 23, 2012
From: Kevin Kirk
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Subject: BOE Meeting Notes
Date: February 18, 2012
From: Chris Picini
Well as expected at last nights
meeting the board decided NOTHING and took no action in regards to either
the grade changing scandal or the improper
hiring of the Building Services Administrator.
I will say that as a community member I was
encouraged by the number of residents
(estimated at over 400) that showed up.
Equally as impressive was the comments spoken
from a number of residents. We heard comments
from both community members that have been
engaged in these issues for some time as well
as community members that were compelled to
speak out of deep sadness for the events that
have consumed our district. We even heard from
a retired teacher with 27 years in the
district that drove four hours from
Pennsylvania to address the BOE. What was
noticeably absent last night was support for
the Superintendent. There was only one person
to speak in favor of his tenure in our
district with repeated calls for “innocent
until proven guilty” along with more negative
comments directed at Kevin O’Connell. Mr.
O’Connell should be applauded for blowing the
whistle on this scandal even if it did bring
us to the point we are now at. He should not
be vilified. It was also evident that there
wasn’t much support in the room at for the
Superintendent based on the level of applause
anytime a statement was made in his favor. It
begs us to ask the question, is his loyal
network of supporters subsiding due to this
So now we wait. We wait until March 7th when the
will be presented with the final report from Bronwyn Black. Board
President Victor Correa stated last night that
any persons proven guilty of improper action
will be dealt with accordingly. This is the
first time the BOE President has made any
comments that indicate they will take the
necessary actions, even if we do have to wait
another three weeks. He also stated last night
that the investigators report will be
available under FOIL. It was indicated
previously that they would not make this
report available under FOIL because it
contained personnel information. A statement
was made that the attorneys are currently
redacting any information that they feel
violates employees personal information, once
that is complete the repost will be available.
As I expected there was no real discussion about who may have leaked this
report to the media. The reason the majority
can make no attempt to find out who leaked this document is because the
BOE President gave this report directly to Joe
Cipp. This is a clear violation of Mr.
Correa’s oath as Mr. Cipp has no right to
receive this report. The report was prepared
for and only authorized to be viewed by the
BOE. Now that some of the reports details are
public the BOE should be compelled to release
the entire report to the community and not
force us to submit a FOIL request.
As much as I’m willing to wait the three weeks I do think the
lacked moral integrity by not taking any proactive action to date. Based
on the information we have all seen from the
leaked report in either the NY Post, Newsday
or on News 12 there are clear cut conclusions
that can be drawn. At the very least the
Superintendent, Asst Sup for Human Resources &
the HS Principal should have been suspended
until March 7th. I am more hopeful today then
I have ever been during this scandal that the
truth will be told and those responsible will
be terminated. My hope is that we keep this
issue on the tips of our tongues for the next
few weeks. This is no time for a lull in the
conversation. We can once again expect the
media coverage to quiet down so it is up to
us, the community, to keep this issue from
being forgotten about. We do not have the
luxury of waiting until a few days before the
next meeting to start the conversation again.
I encourage you all to reach out to the BOE
members directly. It should be obvious to
anyone that was there last night that the
pressure is mounting on the majority members.
I am inclined to show sympathy for anyone that
is in a volunteer position and is faced with
such combative circumstances but we must
remember, if the majority of the BOE would
have taken a decisive action early on, we and
they would not be in this position. We also
could be spared any further angst if those
that are responsible would show some integrity
and admit what they did and resign, relieving
this community of further controversy and
humiliation. Many speakers last night drew
comparisons to the “Character Counts”
initiative with our students. Character should
count to our BOE and administration but they
have shown at this point that it does not.
As for the recent NY State Supreme Court decision in regards to the
illegal hiring of the Building Services
Administrator. It was widely rumored this week
that the position would be abolished and the
BOE would create a new position for Mr.
Miglino within the district. This did not
happen. In fact the BOE once again took no
action on this matter. We heard from the
districts legal counsel that they are not
required to take action until a judgment is
filed with the courts. This has to do with how
the decision was written by the judge.
Apparently the plaintiff’s attorney, Reggie
Seltzer stated that she has filed this
judgment and it is only waiting for the
judge’s signature. Once that happens the
district must abolish this position and Mr.
Miglino will not be employed as Building
Services Administrator. Now before anyone
celebrates they can and most likely will
appoint him to a new position at the next BOE
meeting on February 29th. For the most part
much of this paragraph is speculation on my
part as I can not say for sure what the BOE
will do until they do it and it must be noted
that I am not an attorney so I may get some of
the legal details wrong, but I do think I have
a good grasp on the issue. What is troubling
to me is that the BOE did not take action even
though they had the ability to do. They do not
have to wait for the judgment, they just chose
to. Why they continue to prolong the
inevitable is mind boggling. Is Mr. Miglino
that valuable to this district that they
continue to defend him? Is he such an
effective administrator that we won’t be able
to find a replacement? The answers to those
questions are for you to decide. We must
remember that the district is spending
precious resources on defending this action.
Did we really need this on top of the other
scandal? I urge you once again to reach out to
the BOE members and voice your concerns.
As with all my messages I encourage you to look into these matters for
yourself. Don’t just take my word for it. We
the public have a voice even if we think it
isn’t being heard. We can speak as loudly as
we want on Election Day. These current
scandals are all the more reason for us as a
community to not be apathetic towards the
school elections and budget votes. For far too
long school elections have become an after
thought, we no longer have the ability to turn
a blind eye or use the excuse that we are too
busy to pay attention. I would argue that the
school elections are the most important
process we as citizens can take part in. Our
tax dollars are directly affected and those
that we elect to positions on the BOE are
given a tremendous responsibility to provide a
positive education for our children and
appropriate administration of our tax dollars.
Please stay engaged.
Thank you for reading,
Subject: Request from Art Cooley
Date: February 11, 2012
From: Art Cooley
I have a request for my retired teacher
colleagues about a document I would like to
I have a copy of the program for the Earth day
event we had in April 1971.
But there was a similar event the year before
I believe which I think was called
An Environmental Evening. It began as I recall
with the music of whales with
Bob Fehring and Teddy Travis putting together
I would love to get a copy of the program for
Do think anyone has a copy?
Thanks a bunch and hope you are well.
(Address supplied on request)
Subject: Request from BTA President Wayne
Date: February 10, 2012
From: Wayne White
Dear valued BTA alumni,
Our union has been through a lot in the past
four years. Despite our turbulent times, we
have all continued to do our jobs to the best
of our ability. Many of you have gone through
similar hard times. However, you and your
efforts have helped paved the way for Bellport
Teachers Association to remain a respected and
dignified unit in our community. Rest assured
that your hard work and commitment was not in
vain. On Wednesday, February 15th there will
be a Board of Education meeting which is
scheduled to take place in the auditorium of
the Bellport Middle School at 7 p.m. It is
expected to be a well attended meeting by the
community. The BTA needs your support now more
than ever. A massive show of unity by the BTA
and you as our respected alumni will show the
community that teachers are concerned for the
integrity of their schools and the future of
our students. I am asking that you please come
and stand next to your current BTA members to
send our community this very clear message:
Teachers are, have always been, and will
continue to be...the backbone of our schools.
Yours in unity,
P.S. Please be at the middle school no later
than 6:45 PM because of the expected crowd. If
you have a black shirt, that would be
preferred but your presence means more than
Subject: Request to BTA President Wayne
Date: February 10, 2012
I am unclear about who or what we are
being asked to support.
Can you please supply more information about
this request to gather?
Subject: Reply from BTA President Wayne
Date: February 10, 2012
From: Wayne White
We are in the 4th year without a contract and
we are very close to settling but we need that
extra help from people who have been there
As for the grade changing scandal, we want
closure to this situation as fast as possible.
I'm not sure if you have been paying attention
to the news, but you may find it interesting
how it has polarized the community. I publicly
cannot choose one side or another in an active
investigation when our members are on both
sides of the issue. All I can do is invite you
down to see where most individuals stand on
the situation. You will then have a better
idea of what's going on.
I hope this explains why I want you to attend.
If you have any questions, please feel free to
reply. Thank you for your interest.
Yours in unity,
TO: The South Country School Board
Re: Fishman et. al. v. Board of Ed et.al.
February 10, 2012
Why the South Country School Board Should Not
Appeal Judge Baisley’s Decision
In the Baisley decision,
the Court held that the hiring of Miglino was
illegal and null and void from its inception.
New York State Education Law prohibits any
school board member from being an employee of
his/her district. The purpose of the law is
to prevent members of the School Board from
misusing their authority to benefit themselves
at the expense of the taxpayers. This is
substantive, not procedural, law.
Here, Judge Baisley,
after reviewing all the evidence, concluded
that the Board conspired with Mr. Miglino,
then President of the Board, to violate the
education law and therefore, on its face, the
creation of the position and hiring of Miglino
was illegal, null and void. In addition, to
the substantive violations of the law cited in
the decision, the Court also concluded that
there were procedural violations. While the
procedural violations may be corrected by
starting all over again, the substantive
violations of the law can not. Moreover,
while our original lawsuit was filed against
the School Board as an entity, there would be
nothing to prevent district taxpayers from
filing lawsuits against each individual school
board member and seeking reimbursement from
them for monies unlawfully spent. Those
members of the School Board who conspired with
Miglino have personal liability and are not
protected by the immunity given to the school
board as an entity.
Since there are no valid
grounds for an appeal and Judge Baisley’s
decision did not impose any costs or other
obligations on the district, common sense
dictates that Judge Baisley’s decision should
not be appealed. Clearly, an appeal will cost
the District taxpayers thousands of dollars
and the only beneficiaries will be the
attorneys. Thus, I respectfully ask that you
accept the Baisley decision, eliminate
Miglino’s position and proceed with the
important business of running our school
REGINA SELTZER, ESQ.
Subject: Important information in regards to
the South Country SD
Date: February 9, 2012 1:57:42 PM EST
From: Chris Picini
As the media attention into the grade fixing scandal subsides I can assure
you that there is still plenty happening. Just
this week on Wednesday the NY State Supreme
Court ruled that the appointment of Greg
Miglino as Building & Grounds Administrator
was done so illegally and in violation of the
civil service laws. This ruling was a result
of a lawsuit filed two years ago by Reggie
Seltzer a local attorney acting on behalf of a
few residents. I do not yet have a copy of the
ruling but I am told that the district should
remove him from this position immediately. I
think we all know by now that the majority of
the BOE has trouble doing what is right. We
can also assume that the district will appeal
this decision and further tie up this matter
in the courts for the foreseeable future. All
in all I don’t expect Mr. Miglino to be
removed anytime soon but this is a moral
victory as well as additional evidence that
this district is run as a conspiracy.
The next question is what can we do as a community? Well I am of the
opinion that the community must show up in
force at next weeks BOE meeting. My hope is
that we can fill the room with new faces that
may not have been actively involved in the
matters pertaining to our district. I don’t
believe there is any reason for calling out or
any vocal protest, just simply a show of unity
to deliver a message that we will not stand
for this type of behavior from our BOE and
school administrators. It will also be a great
chance for any of you that have not been to a
meeting to experience first hand the
stonewalling tactics of the BOE majority.
I also wanted to use this email to inform everyone (those that don’t
already know) where the loyalties of each BOE
member reside. It is increasingly concerning
to me that there are calls for “all BOE
members must go” on the blogs and comment
portions of the media coverage. Please note
that my list below of BOE members and how they
vote are from first hand experience attending
BOE meeting as well as conversations I’ve had
with a few of the members.
The first group I like to call the “Good Guys”. These three BOE members
have shown the courage to stand up to the
majority and voice their displeasure over how
the majority conducts business and continues
to be manipulated by certain administrators.
Rob Powell (up for re-election)
Lisa Grossman (up for re-election)
The “Middle Man”. This BOE member has in the past sided with the majority.
My source tells me that he is a vote for the
good guys in regards to the current issues
facing our district.
Victor Correa Board President
Kevin Kirk Board Vice President (up for re-election)
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There has never been a more critical time in
our districts history. We face dire
consequence from these scandals. The last
thing we need is for a state takeover of our
district, which is a very real possibility if
the BOE majority continues on this course. The
information that I share here is confirmed to
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I hope to see you at the next BOE meeting which as of now is scheduled for
Wednesday February 15th at 7PM. I am told the
meeting will most likely be held at the middle
school however that is not confirmed at this
Subject: South Country SD/BOE
Date: 1/20/12 10:30:51 AM
From: Chris Picini
As many of you know I have been a vocal critic
of our school districts performance and
policies for some time now. For a good part
of the past year I have been mulling a run for
the BOE. I have finally decided that I will
indeed run and hope to have your support.
There are just too many issues that I don’t
believe are being address properly and in the
best interest of our children and taxpayers.
I implore all of you to take an interest (if
you are not already) in what is going on,
please consider attending BOE meeting or at
the very least keep your ear to the ground and
come out and vote on May 15 th .
These past few weeks have been particularly
difficult for this community in regards to our
district. What you all should know is that
the investigation conducted by Browyn Black
into the alleged grade changing incident is
just about completed. On Tuesday evening all
the BOE members were sent a report detailing
the investigation. I believe it was noted
that Ms. Black is waiting for one more piece
of information but that it is not expected to
change the outcome of her finding.
Regardless of what the report contains, and
note that I have not seen the report, the BOE
failed to take any action. This to me is
just plain ludicrous. If the investigation
showed that no wrong doing has been committed
by certain administrators, they would have
been screaming it from the hilltops. The
fact that no details of this report were
presented to the public at Wednesday’s meeting
leads me to believe that the finding prove
what many of us thought all along, guilty as
In addition, over the holiday break I obtained
a copy of the Notice of Claim given by the
former High School Principal in which the
original allegation of grade changing was
brought to light. After reading this
testimony I came away with a feeling of shock
and bewilderment at how poorly the
administrators of our district conduct
themselves and the lack of basic knowledge
needed to be in the positions they hold.
Even if you disregard the grade changing
allegation, the comments about the inability
to manage basic functions of our schools is an
eye opening revelation.
Change is needed in our district. Even if
you don’t agree with me or my opinions I
encourage you to get involved and be informed.
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