Letters to the Editor
Questions legal fees
At the last meeting of the South
Country School Board, Leslie
O’Connor pointed out the correlation
between students involved in the
district’s music program and students
academically successful. Noting that
the music program has been hard
hit by the district’s fiscal problems,
she asked the board, on educational
grounds, to consider shifting some of
its funding to reinstate the program.
One source of funding that the
district might review is that spent
on legal fees. The district spent over
$1,000,000 for legal fees — far more
than other similarly sized districts.
If other districts can solve their
legal problems without incurring
such outrageous legal expenses,
we should revamp our procedures.
Some of the costs, like that paid
for legal insurance and retainers,
are in line with other districts. The
difference seems to be that we have
paid more than $600,000 in excessive
hourly fees to attorneys for needless,
lengthy litigation with great cost and
little benefit to the district. Now
is the time for the board to review
and overhaul the manner in which
the South Country School District
addresses its legal matters.
Wants position eliminated
I am the attorney who won the court decision
position of Business Services Administrator that
Miglino created for himself, was null and void.
board was persuaded not to appeal the court’s
the matter. This saved taxpayers a bundle.
Now, there’s a new wrinkle. Miglino wants to
court decision and wants the school district to
pay for it
(with taxpayer money, of course). I think the
appeal can be
avoided merely by the school board’s voting to
position Miglino created.
No position — nothing to appeal. Simple as that.
But when it comes to saving taxpayers’ money,
ever seems to be simple. The school board
doesn’t want to
eliminate the position and may even be willing
to pay for
Miglino’s appeal. Are they kidding? It’s our
Let’s end this sad affair once and for all.
Call, write or
email the school board members and tell them
“ELIMINATE THE POSITION.”
That’s it. If they listen, there’s a good chance
this expensive matter finally behind us and
can start focusing on quality education for our
they don’t listen, we’re in for tens of
thousands of dollars
more in legal costs.
Don’t put it off. The school board will be
this matter very soon. Three simple words:
position. Simple as that.
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