Tuesday, January 29, 2013

IISD #25: Dejá vu Secrets

IISD Admin Lunchroom Chatter #25 

Nosher #1:  Did you laugh as hard as me last evening when board president Huffstetler went into her scripted talking points/rant aimed at fellow board members she has never accepted as being duly elected members of the board?  If I thought she could spell hypocrisy, it would fit the occasion for her babbling rhetoric. 

Nosher #2:  Really, it seemed as if she was even having difficulty reading what someone else had apparently written for her.  And for her to bring a quote of Hemingway into the discussion was actually comical.  Do you think she believes that Hemingway’s is a pub in Las Colinas?

Nosher #1:   What was really appalling, unprofessional and stretching board ethics is how she insinuated that board members -- those she does not accept -- have been conducting “secret” meetings and micro-managing issues of the district.  Perhaps, Huffstetler’s hypocrisy also causes her to have short-term memory loss.

Nosher #2:  No joke.  I guess she has conveniently forgotten the “secret” meetings she had with folks when they were petitioning her to remove former superintendent Singley.  Or, maybe she doesn’t remember discussions with the former superintendent about the principal of MacArthur HS that she was seeking to have replaced based on her meetings with interested parties.  There is no doubt that she probably spread the word -- before the meeting for her staged performance -- to her “cheerleading squad” to be in attendance.  Truly a sad reflection that is void of leadership one would expect of a school board president. 

Nosher #1:  Right!  In her many years on the board, she could be the poster child for “secret” meetings, micro-managing operations, and meeting with staff and campus personnel to promote or push items outside purview of the board.  And you could place the original Kroger’s alcohol zoning case in her file for discussions not held in open board meetings.

Nosher #2:  If there is a divisiveness on the board, then board president Huffstetler only has herself and a couple of her board-cronies to thank.  She has spent more time in “secret” meetings to thwart genuine reform and progress of the board with her combative, condescending and self-serving interest than probably any board member in recent history.  And these actions have actually cost the district thousands upon thousands of dollars in legal fees.   

Nosher #1:  Amen!  Maybe this was her swan song for not running for re-election...unless she can get the Irving chamber of commerce to send her a congratulatory-endorsement resolution.

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