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Letter: Board of Education Accountability

Reading the Sunday Times on Dec. 27, 2009, I was struck by a front-page article in the Business Section. The writer lamented that many of the board members from companies that failed miserably during the meltdown are now board members at other large companies. The writer pointed out how these board members have failed to take responsibility for their own actions and have acted as if nothing has happened.

Unfortunately, it seems we have a similar situation in our small town. We now know that: 1) in 2005, the board failed to disclose the fact that we would be sued by the bus drivers; 2) in 2005, the board failed to factor in the cost of the litigation and potential (now certain) drivers’ compensation into the 2005 cost analysis prior to the outsourcing vote; 3) in 2009, the costs put forth in the comparison of outsourcing vs. insourcing were skewed; and 4) we still don’t know how much this debacle has cost us and will cost in the future and when if ever, our financial obligation to the unit will end.

Now, the board is moving forward with its plan to pay off the illegally fired bus drivers and hope they go away rather than take comparable jobs in the district. Is this the face that we want Manhasset to have?

This whole episode has left a black mark on our school district that we need to start repairing.

Please come to the board of education meetings on Jan. 7 and 21. Demand accountability! Get involved in the school budget process for next year!

Chris Sessa Allen