“End the lawsuit” — 5-24 and 7-26-2012

From the RB Landmark website, http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=9028&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Article comment by:
chris robling

End the lawsuit

The lawsuit is hardly as serious as the infractions documented by the Landmark to which it objects.

It has shed numerous defendants, counts and theories. Already, the attorney was suspended briefly for
failure to complete adequate continuing legal education in a given period. It now appears he faces such serious ethical questions that he is particularly inappropriate to advance claims based on allegations of improprieties by public officials and employees.

I said in The Landmark’s pages, before the election last spring, that the paper had demonstrated the school’s egregious disregard for the legal ban on politicking by the school. In short, Tim Scanlon
ran the referendum campaign from RB. His bosses either were incompetent or complicit.

None of this warms the heart, all of it showed how off-the-track RB administration had gone after years of neglect followed by caretaker disregard.

But it is now more than 56 weeks ago.

My heart sunk when the lawsuit was announced. In a New York minute one could see the board’s conflicted
holdover attorney (he advised the prior board and prior administration during the very period of alleged violations) advised abandoning its pledges for an investigation, simultaneously saying that a) the suit is frivolous and fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted and b) we CANNOT investigate
because to do so would create discoverable documents that might cost the district dearly in money damages at law.

The argument makes and made no sense when taken as a whole. It now appears — as plaintiffs proceed with essentially their third try at a complaint — that “a” was true. But, if “a” is true, then “b” cannot be true.

Now, no one wants to go back, especially with numerous folks gone and campaign manager Scanlon within 45 days of retirement. (Scanlon, sadly, now faces health issues from which everyone hopes he recovers quickly and fully.)

There is no accountability until someone is held accountable. For the flagrancy of our HS becoming campaign HQ, we deserved an investigation. And accountability.

Instead, for all of the wrong reasons, namely the imploding goofy lawsuit with its bedraggled lawyer for
plaintiffs, and our conflicted lawyer calling shots for us, it appears we are not going to get one.

That means “breathe easy” time for all staff who used public facilities to campaign.

The taxpayers’ “breathe easy” time will come when we know that staff knows in RB’s new culture violating the law will not be tolerated.

Dr. Kevin Skinkis’ leadership sets the right tone, but the parade of horribles to which we were exposed shows the new Board’s constant vigilance is itself irreplaceable.

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