If you are thinking that those of us who voiced our opinions about the OUTRAGE of having money taken from our children's education and syphoned to finance the superintendent's agenda are wrong, then please read the court documents filed since 2007. Please read the minutes from board meetings. If you can't find the minutes (aka January 7, 2012)... then begin your research into the money trail and who profited from some of those contracts.
I am not a"henchman" as northernohiolifer wrote, nor am I a "venom spewer" as said by saveourcommunity. I am a Mom who watched my hard earned tax dollars go down into a blind hole while my kids had to take (and I paid for) online classes in order to graduate with enough foreign language years for college when it was cut from the coursework. My kids had to sit in two study halls, one with over 600 kids when they could have been in challenging classes aimed at "excellence" instead of sitting in a cafeteria because there were not "enough teachers in the budget". I am the parent who worked hard to pay my bills and who had to deal with pay to play fees and car pools with other parents who are also over-stretched working to raise their families and keep their homes and jobs.
So when you start calling us names, and accusing those of us who dared to speak up as "a disgrace to Northern Ohio", then you have attacked the foundation of who we really are: neighbors and friends in a community that was taken advantage of by other's greediness, by our own negligence in overseeing decision-making, and by the lack of character of our school board to say no to a man who violated our trust.
We are not here to back down and drink the kool-aid, nor do we take pleasure in bringing the ugly truth out to public view (paying off student loans with $172,000 of our money was quite ugly). These months of uncovering documents to provide a trail of accountability have taken toll on many of us who blindly assumed we were all taking cuts to help keep our schools strong and support our teachers. Now we know better, but those of you who "dislike" our outrage can wait like the rest of us for the investigation and audits.
In the meantime, please keep your ridiculous name-calling to yourself. It only reveals your ignorance.
Until the behaviors change, not just the faces on the board, we will NOT see transparency here in Medina. Susan Vlcek and Karla Robinson are the final remnants, however, those NEW MEMBERS of the board must be held accountable in their work. This latest contract doesn't seem to be a good indicator of the performance of new board members.
I still have my protest signs and I'm not afraid to use them...just saying.
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