Further answer to Lisa Marciniak — 8-8-2012

From: http://townconnection.com/riverside-illinois/forums/topic/tim-scanlon-and-the-future-of-rb/page/2/

I appreciate the capitulation. Not so much the characterization.

As the parent of a soon-to-be-RB-sophomore, I am as concerned about RB today and tomorrow as anyone.

Here is what my today and tomorrow at RB look like:

If a parent volunteers, there will be a background check. If they have half a dozen arrests, including several for drugs, their access to our kids will be restricted.

If a teacher or administrator is not certified, s/he will be walked off the property.

If someone gets an idea to squeeze honors kids to jack up AP enrollment, sticking those kids with low grades and their parents with $85 AP test fees, they will be stopped.

If the school asks for $58 million, it will provide the community with an accounting for every dime, validated by a serious audit.

If a construction program results in malfunctions, leaks, chloramines’ odors, and an empty shelf where our maintenance and operation manuals are supposed to be, the district will vindicate our rights before they toll.

If a group is given plenary fundraising authority in the school and the community, the Board will condition that privilege on ongoing demonstrated actual state and federal compliance, so parents will know they are dealing with well-run organizations.

If anyone has a cockamamie idea about vocational education, with no curricular plan, they will be stopped before the school pours $600,000 down a rat hole.

If there is a negotiation, then the board will actually represent us and not rubber stamp union demands in exchange for a campaign endorsement.

If general economic conditions deteriorate, someone at the school will tell the truth about our financial position.

If anyone gets the bright idea to campaign illegally from the school, those in charge will find out and stop it, not hook up for a videotaping that is itself so obviously a transgression it is withheld from public for 17 months, and then burphel when questioned by the RB Landmark.

If a “superintendent” promotes an employee with whom he is having a personal relationship, and then lies to the board, his colleagues and the D208 community, such that we must pay a private investigator to determine what the “superintendent” knew all along, the “superintendent” will be walked off the property.

And more and more…

All very different from our recent yesterdays, Lisa.

It is all institutional integrity, basic management and administration. This is day-in, day-out governance, Lisa, and every great school lives by it. Of course, people argue that it’s past-obsessed and personality-obsessed and politically-obsessed and whatever else they may say.

That’s when those folks sound more OK with yesterday’s RB, which fostered those horribles, than they are with the fresh start we made on July 1, 2011.

They should not be. I am not OK with any of it. A great school wouldn’t be OK with any of it, either. RB will not be a great school until we as a community reject it and demand better.

But they argue, attack – and then fold — and ask for a new hand of tomorrows.

Lisa, you quote the Illinois constitution. You quote the general theory of public education. But you cannot bring yourself to either denounce or explain what was done in our name to our community’s kids. Why credit your view of the state constitution if you cannot see the obvious impropriety of these events?

And in your blindness to what is obvious, I cannot imagine your answer to the kids who had their “one chance at high school” while all of this was going on. There is a brazen disregard for those who bore that burden, as you piously – and conveniently — claim ‘don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.’ Perhaps “callous” describes that disregard better.

Here is what I wrote about “tomorrow” in May 2011, replying to PAR4 at riversideinfo.org:

“The community has definitively found RB, great things going on there notwithstanding, to have serious problems and thus to be in need of similarly serious improvements. Revanchists may get with that, or they may report back to fantasyland. Looking backward to false interpretations, and trying desperately to advance them as new ideas, may be the best [they] can do. The rest of us are finished with all of that. In fact, thousands of us took part in ending it. We have already moved forward.” (https://chrisrobling.com/2012/02/25/connecting-with-facts/)

This is a nice way of saying the less than 21 percent, and especially those with cotton in their ears about their blessed “new revenues,” aka, “tax hikes,” are stuck in the past.

Lisa, my position is to cleanse and improve the school before asking for another referendum. I think yours is to hike takes, throw money around and be OK with all of Tim’s transgressions. I invite you to take that program to the voters.

Its time is over. We tossed out that approach. Just as the board you are obsessed with attacking tossed out the flawed budget instructions from its predecessors.

One predecessor even attacked the new board for doing so in the RB Landmark. Here is the quote from the September 20, 2011 RB Landmark: “You’re going to have to ask Buttimer and Robling why their hand-picked board failed to pass Budget 101 when they had a crib sheet that told them exactly how to do this… They need to own this. This budget was supposed to be balanced, and it’s far from balanced.”

Result? RB ended 2011-2012 with a $300,000 surplus.

Regardless, Lisa, you want to debase the board. About whom are you talking? Again, from May 2011: “Look closely at the seven. There are advanced degrees, professional distinctions, personal accomplishment and real-world expertise. We have a university-level medical educator and practitioner. A successful businessman. An attorney/MBA and an MBA who has served as a CFO. An IRS investigator. A designer of new products (who is more in touch with the emerging economy than that?) and an evaluator of medical doctors. To suggest that any one of these will place any concern ahead of his or her considered judgment of what is best for the community, taxpayers, parents and students is unsupported fatuous nonsense, odiously similar to the unsupported fatuous nonsense the community has been debunking for years.”

Folks who hate the broom will always complain about the sweeper. It’s their right.

Meanwhile, RB is on a new path.

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