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Monday, July 30, 2012
What You Would Have Heard at This Mornings Omaha Public School Board Meeting
We thought it was important to share with you the comments that Doug Kagan, head of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom intended to share with the Omaha Public School Board this morning before the incompetent, elitist, self-serving, uppity Freddie Gray moved the boar into executive session preventing Kagan and other members of the public present from expressing their opinions.
Oh, and once again we have yet another report that Ben Gray and 2 of his thugs tried to intimidate our NTF members at the board meeting when they insisted on the right to speak.
We fully agree with Kagan's assessment and request for action:
"Good morning.My name is Doug Kagan, 12320 William Street, and I represent Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
Our organization has followed closely the embarrassing and financially troublesome search for a new Omaha Public Schools superintendent.After evaluating the most recent revelations surrounding this situation, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom formally requests the members of the school board to publicly censure and demand the immediate resignation of Freddie Gray, the board president, following full disclosure of school board emails between herself and the former Des Moines Schools superintendent.Furthermore, we urge the board to join with the administration to cancel its contract with the Baird Holm law firm and excuse its current employee now advising the district from further offering her services to the district.
We suspect that collusion among the school board president, Baird Holm legal counsel, and the disgraced would-be superintendent misled the board and prevented taxpayers in the Omaha School District from discovering in a timely manner information that would have led them to demand the selection of an alternative candidate.We further believe that the school board president and legal counsel had an ethical obligation to immediately inform all school board members and top administrators of a possible scandal and exhibited incredibly poor judgment in failing to do so.Let us do a bit of public school math.The board selected a search company, a rather poor selection, apparently, at $48,130. A candidate presented by this firm would cost over $325,000 in salary and benefits annually.Though this company was contractually obligated to conduct another wholesale search for alternative candidates at no extra cost, the board voted to spend an additional $8,750, excluding expenses, on another consulting company.Other, incidental costs from a delayed appointment, “x” number of dollars.Not responsible spending.
We suggest the board quickly institute new rules that specifically state how its members are accountable to each other and the public, more transparency.Our members who reside in the district expect OPS board members to conduct themselves in the same ethical environment as those they choose to hire. We suppose that prospective candidates for superintendent would feel likewise.We look forward to your prompt response to our requests."