Friday, July 6, 2012

IISD #20: Ducking for Cover

IISD Admin Lunchroom Chatter #20
Nosher #1:  Well, you know the ‘cat has been properly kicked’ and the veil of secrecy parted when the Floundering Four had to call in our PR folks to shovel another load to cover their latest escapade.  Seriously, do these folks think no one is paying attention to their furtive actions and allegiance to following the Super’s will?  The way they slipped a salary increase for the Super in executive session without full disclosure in a work session, open meeting or in a performance review setting just speaks volumes to what this group might attempt.
Nosher #2: Also, does the board president (Huffstetler) really think that by having a staff member pen a letter for her signature to the editor of the DMN regarding the article* covering this issue that it would magically make the concern go away or appear that it never happened?  It is almost comical how Huffstetler’s letter even states that the Floundering Four (Huffstetler, V. Jones, Craig and Christian) want “complete transparency” on all board actions.  Is that a joke, or what? The spin and pablum of Huffstetler’s letter to the DMN editor just reeks of attempting to provide cover for the stealthy handing of this matter.
Nosher #1:  Yeah. If they ever wanted complete transparency, then why didn’t they share the salary survey information and already prepared resolution with the three board members they treat like red-headed stepchildren prior to the executive session?  The critical question could be: If all or some of the members of the Floundering Four knew about the salary survey and the resolution that Christian had already prepared for the Super’s salary increase, then did they violate the Open Meetings law?  Especially, since they may have excluded some members of the board as to the actions that were ultimately taken with regards to the Super’s salary!
Nosher #1:  I agree.  Someone really needs to shine a bright light on this salary increase issue and determine who knew what and when did they know it.  And if materials were not handed out until the executive session, how many of the Floundering Four already knew that there would be items distributed?  Apparently, the three board members who the Floundering Four continue to isolate were certainly in the dark on this covert action.  After all, the vote to approve this salary increase was 4-3 with the four bloc votes of the Floundering Four passing the measure. 
Nosher #2:  What is truly sad is that any good the IISD might be accomplishing is stained by the mindless actions of the Floundering Four.  When will they ever learn?     

A note from counsel: These “candid” lunchroom conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles.   Mark Holbrook