Loyal PureBunkum reader Richard Holodick has asked to address this website’s readers on a subject near and dear to his heart. So without further ado, please allow Dr. Holodick to explain why he believes it is crucial to attend the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board’s Dec. 3 meeting.
The Children, the Children, and the Children!
Without question, a Times Leader editorial cartoon depicting a school bus heading off a cliff dramatically illustrated the damage being done to our children. The poisonous mushroom portrayed the perilous effects of nepotism.
Admittedly, four board members at least attempted to do the right thing by contacting the PA School Boards Association to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Then, in an in-your-face show of arrogance, the five majority board members threw that $10,000 investment out the window by prematurely ending the process.
They defied the will of four board members, taxpayers and, no doubt, the faculty and staff who must be completely embarrassed by the actions of these and past board members.
Surely, the execution of this vote to hire the in-house person violated the state’s Sunshine Act.
Some may feel that three back-to-back newspaper editorials sharply critical of this board borders on overkill. Why single out the WBA School Board when there are other boards in our area guilty of nepotism, power plays and back-room deals? Why? Because those other boards pale in comparison to the corruption poisoning the WBA School District. Despite the past indictments of a third of this board, the dysfunction continues.
I am perplexed by the inaction of so many parents. What doesn’t surprise me is the number of parents pulling their children from the system and enrolling them in cyber and charter schools the first chance they get.
I got nowhere when I asked Wilkes-Barre City Mayor Tom Leighton and the city council for help. I got nowhere when I approached our new county manager Robert Lawton, county council members and the Chamber of Commerce to get involved. It’s discouraging to say the least. Is the news media the only concerned organization out there?
So, why aren’t more people outraged? Maybe they are but have simply accepted that this is par for the course. First and foremost, we need to think about this district’s children, some of whom are being taught by teachers who offered bribes to get their jobs and are being led by an ethics-challenged school board.
What we have in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District are students failing to meet academic standards and buildings desperately in need of renovations, possibly consolidations or closings. And you know who will pay for the failings of this board? Of course you do - already overburdened taxpayers.
Taxpayers, community leaders and lawmakers need to get onboard here. They must stress to this board that their destructive actions will no longer be tolerated.
This opportunity is right around the corner. When the board meets on December 3 in the district’s administration building, located at 730 S. Main Street in Wilkes-Barre.
There are three reasons you need to be there: the children, the children and the children. Not showing up only enables them to do whatever they want, whenever they want. And we’ve seen where that has gotten us.