No Response From District Office, Ms. Smith.

21 Aug

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog NOW!

 The Sports Association President and His Entourage Finally Appeared At the Board of Education Meeting and Poured Forth Some Pablum Puking Rhetoric But Said Not Much of Anything, Really. Just Pablum Puking Rhetoric.

Is it me? Or are they double-talking us?

Nor Did Ms Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith Have Much to Say In Response to Public Comment & Questions. Ms Smith Apparently Was Not Up to the Task of Responding to One of Our Contributor’s Requests Made by Email Before the Meeting. That Request is Reproduced Below.

“Regrettably, I shall not be able to attend the BoE meeting tonite (conflicts with the Town of Coeymans meeting).
“I would, however, urge you to address the following:

  1. Publicly announcing, for the benefit of residents and the public at large, that the RCS Sports Association is NOT an official oganization of the RCS CSD, and is an autonomous organization, which has not submitted to the District or to the Board required paperwork to allow it to operate on RCS CSD property.
  2. Publicly announcing, for the benefit of residents and the public at large, that the RCS Sports Association is using the designation “RCS” and the words “Indians Team Football” unofficially and is not associated with the RCS CSD nor with the RCS CSD Indians sports teams; the association is implied by the words RCS and Indians, but the association is not official nor sanctioned [=endorsed] by the RCS CSD or the RCS CSD board of edcuation.
  3. Publicly announcing that parents of students contacted by the RCS Sports Association may make payments or donations to the RCS Sports Association but the RCS Sports Association is not representing the RCS CSD; any such payments or donations made to the RCS Sports Association is made at the payer’s or contributor’s own risk. The RCS CSD does not vouch for the RCS Sports Association in any way whatsoever, expressly or impliedly.
  4. The recent RFP issued and sent out by the RCS district offices was not submitted to the RCS CSD board of education for review and approval before having been sent out to potential bidders; therefore, the RFP is being recalled/withdrawn, pending comprehensive review and reworking, and submittal to the RCS CSD BoE for review, discussion, and final disposition.

“It would be very convenient and appropriate if the Board of Education were to address these meeting conflicts with the Town of Coeymans and in future avoid meeting conflicts as has happened too frequently in the past, and to make it possible for commited residents of Coeymans and of the RCS CSD to attend both meetings in satisfaction of their civil commitments and obligations.
“Please accept this as our formal written request that these issues be addressed in the public part of the August 21, 2012, BoE meeting.”

 We would like to ask Superintendent Ms Elizabeth Smith and the RCS board of education Why? no mention was made of the above request and Why? no statement was made to inform the public of the real status of the RCS Sports Association. The above request was sent also to the entire RCS board of education but no one attempted to respond. What’s the reason?

Luckily a number of residents did speak at length abouth these issues but we continue to maintain that the RCS Central School District must make a public statement regarding the RCS Central School District’s precise relationship with the RCS Sports Association, that is, that they are not connected and that the RCS Central School District does not endorse the RCS Sports Association with any preference over against any other district organization.

Several residents made clear that the RCS Sports Association must present all of the required credentials including registrations, accounting documents for the past five years, and tax registrations at minimum. This must be done before the RCS Sports Association is allowed to use any facilities or have access to any students.

Regrettably, with regard to the RCS Sports Association’s assertion that it spends “100% of its profits” on students, when the RCS board of education was asked by resident Donna Pasquini if they had ever seen any documents or documentation of RCS Sports Association revenues and disbursements, there was an eery silence and a very understated “No.” Ms Pasquini then made it clear to the board that that was to change from this point on. We agree and congratulate Ms Pasquini for giving voice to the sentiments of so many of our readers that they are not ready to swallow the empty rhetoric any more.

It was generally agreed that the recent RFP for sports events concessions was an absolute disaster. The Superintendent and the district administration could not respond to the obvious embarassment of the RFP. Totally unprofessional.

Ms Ann Marie Vadney read a letter submitted by a local business person that enumerated a number of criticisms of the recent concessions RFP and how it disadvantaged local businesses; we hope to obtain a copy of that letter so that we may publish it with comments.

Kudos: It would be remiss of us if we were not to congratulate Ms Audrey Tossaint for her very professional presentation and comments on the RFP. Ms Toussaint made some very poignant and on target remarks and had the backing of her professional experience. She was courteous but no-nonsense, all business, and would not be snowjobed. Bravo, Ms Toussaint. We need more like you!

All said and done, nothing of real consequence was achieved at the August 21, 2012, RCS board of education meeting, that is, not much more than the same old crapola. When are they going to make some really impressive statements or decision is anyone’s guess. We can only hope…and hope…and hope!

Please get together and organize e-mail and mail-in campaigns to deluge the RCS district offices with demands to answer questions until the questions get answered. That’s one way to keep things on the front burner and in sight. Get Active!

Applies to the RCS Sports Association
and to the RCS District Administrators!
The Editor

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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “No Response From District Office, Ms. Smith.

  1. Simon

    August 22, 2012 at 7:48 am

    You seemed to totally miss the REAL news of the meeting… that Ms. Smith is retiring and leaving the district effective in late November.



    • Fides qua Creditur

      August 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Oh, yeah! Real news! Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa! How did that get past me?!? [just being snide] But she was “interim” [did anyone notice that clevery little move] from the start and the move to take a salary increase and get pension benefits on a final salary of $140,000 isn’t a bad move, is it? “Interim” means for the time being, meanwhile. For the year she spent smiling pretty at the head table and promising call-backs she’s going to suck up a very pretty check from the public coffers. Yup, woodchucks, that’s real news. Like it’s not the plan across the board for our self-sacrificing public servants! Try that in the private sector.

      So I guess my quesion would be: Knowing that Ms Smith was “interim” has the BoE been prepping for the big candidate search? Have they been moving forward in the process to find a replacement? Or are they waiting til October 31 to pull someone from one of the schools and have an instant replay of Episode X of the Teachers Clique?

      While everyone is getting teary-eyed and eulogizing the loss of their very own superintendent, maybe we can do a retrospective and see what she’s left the district? What’s her legacy? Kinda paltry at best, if not really scarey.

      But maybe the board can start a real, competent search for her replacement. Someone with some cojones who will get things cleaned up and stop doing the under-the-table jobs on everyone rather than rock the boat.



      • Simon

        August 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        I’m in the group that thinks she was a great principal, and never should have been moved along. Our district has a long history of “promote them or they’ll leave and go elsewhere”. Despite the fact these people get better certifications and are eligible, noone’s ever thinking if these people SHOULD be promoted. Should Ms. Smith even have been considered for the Interim position?



      • Fides qua Creditur

        August 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        I have no personal knowledge or experience of Ms Smith’s abilities as a principal but I have heard good things about her in that position; in the Superintendent’s postion she has been inocuous and invisible enough not to have caused any overly positive or negative discourse.

        As a Superintendent in terms of effectiveness and leadership my estimation of her is that she has been largely ineffective, conciliatory at best, and wishy-washy. She leaves in her wake a tremendous number of unfinished scandals and problems which, had she been more effective, might have been resolved in large part.

        I would give her a C-C+ for her performance. Certainly not good enough for graduate school credit and certainly not worth $140+ grand!




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