Vulgarity in education?

At the end of a spirited school board/council meeting in Roxbury last night Mayor Kathryn DeFillippo made a frank observation. The issue had to do with cutting the defeated school budget.

DeFillippo said some of the e-mails she received from those opposing cuts were “vulgar” and “unprofessional.”  OK, people do get carried away. But wait, the mayor said some of these distasteful e-mails were from school administratiors and board members themselves. Fascinating.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

5 Responses to Vulgarity in education?

  1. P says:

    Fred – Make a FOIA request for those emails. They are not privileged and the public has a right to know what was said regarding the budget and potential council action.

  2. art daughtry says:

    Hi Fred

    I’ve read quite a lot about defeated BoE budgets across Morris County. The reality is I believe there is a magic number, which is 1 percent that ends up being the cut amount relative to the proposed budget.

    So I ask the question, what is the big deal?

    I’ve never seen a budget that can’t be cut by 1 percent especially in light of the size of these budgets.

    Please check out what I’m saying. Take a look at the 12 budgets that were defeated and the subsequent adjustments made by the town councils. I don’t think it would take much time at the DR to get the numbers and I would think some of your readers would be interested. I would also like to see if my limited analysis is accurate.

    Referendums are an entirely different story. In these economic times it was just about suicidal to put a referendum before the voters in any town.

    Without taking anything away from all of the volunteer members of the BoE’s across Morris County, and if they are aware it’s typically a one percent cut, what would you do in preparing a budget?

    Regards
    Art Daughtry

  3. Art;
    You are 100 percent correct. It is NOT a big deal, but school boards and districts really have changed in the last 20 years, They are so protective of the status quo, they have become totally inflexible.

  4. TaxedToDeath says:

    Fred,

    School boards are largely made up of PTC members and others who can’t envision anything besides spending more money. They are often literally in bed (husbands/wives) with those who have a vested interest in increased budgets.

    You’ve written about it many times so you clearly know: the status quo of keeping BoE elections seperate from general elections is not only wasteful but ensures that mostly those with an interest in spending more money are the ones who vote.

  5. Pravelon says:

    1 percent IS a big deal to me. From now on, everytime I go to the township municipal building to pay my property tax, I’ll say that out loud.

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