Thursday, April 23, 2015
Perhaps it is good that a present and hopeful physical disability-a bad rotator cuff- is interfering with my comfortably writing my blog.
Years ago I had given up on attending the BOE meetings since their format including the agenda presentation and the habit of going into prolong executive session shortly after convening the public meeting was designed to discourage public participation or even attendance.
Although the elections were supposed to be non-political it was obvious that there were annually at least two slates; one sponsored by Jerry Green although he always denied any interest in the BOE elections, and the other more successful and beholden to John Campbell. Other independent partial slates have tried very unsuccessfully to compete until frustration has caused a sever lack of public interest in to what is the biggest single local source of public money expenditure.
I had always not been an advocate of an elected BOE since too often small pressure groups with a self-promoting agenda would secure seats. The appointed Board had its advantages in that there was a responsible party to hold accountable, although during the past administration and for decades before the selection of memberships to various Boards, Authorities and Commissions were too politically tainted.
Despite its claim of transparency the local BOE and the public school system has been beyond public scrutiny. It may well be an even bigger source of nepotism, patronage, and questionable fiscal practices than the city government over the past few decades.
But we need not fret; we now have two civic minded Campbells on the Board.