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Alice Whalen and Howard Engel
Get Snippy, Get Caught In Lies and Misinformation!
When They’re Caught They Can Get Real Nasty.
But They Sure Can Backpedal
When They’re Forced to Face the True Facts.
Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith announced a proclamation by Coeymans town Supervisor and the Coeymans town board declaring the month of October to be “Anti-Bullying Month.” Now that was ironic, also because at the last town of Coeymans board meeting a resident, M. Driscoll, chastised the Coeymans town board for its bullying of each other! The RCS board of education meeting was a classic example of mass bullying! The bullying was disgraceful at the October 9, 2012, RCS board of education meeting and flew in the face of any proclamation. Shame on you! RCS public! Shame on you, Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, James Latter, Edward Reville! You all clearly validated your status as first-class bullies!
Before I launch into this commentary, I must go on the record to state that this RCS district’s self-loathing and dysfunction ends up being dumped by an infantile minority on targeted members of an elected volunteer group; the vicious minority is spurred on by none other than the alleged educators, the teachers and their minions, to engage in public displays of mass bullying. The contradiction is glaring: out of one side of their mouths they condemn bullying and out of the other they promote it both in their words and in their behavior! You’re a majority of hypocrites! But you can change!
And then, to top all of the disgraceful, bestial behavior we witnessed…
We were floored when Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith took the floor and proselytized on positive behavior education–with the disrespect among board members, the apes in the public gallery, and the general ignorance that predominates at board of education meetings: Superintendent Smith’s cover-all responses, “I don’t know.” or “I wasn’t there.” But she introduced another new program–another do-nothing, spend-tax-dollars, keep-some-useless-meat-busy program:
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support.
What a joke! The Adults Act Like Jerks (Whalen and Engel are TEACHERS!)
and the chimps shouting out-of-order in the audience sure could use some
(Just like they need another anti-bullying law they can ignore and a genuine toothless proclamation of an Anti-Bullying Month. Give me a fikkin’ break!)
In response to some sub-human persistently shouting out from the audience, the board president asked in utter frustration and disbelief:
“Is this what we’re teaching our children? This is ridiculous.”
We Agree! That having been said, the meeting of October 9, 2012, has to go down as one of the most uncivilized on both sides. The board is conspicuously divided by two parties with two incompatible agendas and Yes, it is turning into a bullying session as exemplified by the idiotic diatribe performed by Mrs A. Whalen and the junkyard dog performance by Howard “Backpedaler” Engel. Such outbursts are totally unprofessional and an abuse of the public forum. The audience was a mob and if they are to be taken as role models then we might as well save the $42 million school budget because it’s being wasted. The so-called teachers had no dignity and were soapboxing and grandstanding, enjoying the moment of notoriety and acknowledgement from the hordes of unwashed; it was a cheap shot and was made obviously out of desperation and frustration at not being able to assert themselves otherwise vis-à-vis the majority opposition.
What all concerned should realize but obviously do not is that their personal and political differences are not part of the script to be played out in the public forum but should be negotiated in their so-called executive session, where such inflammatory and misleading comments should be contained or, in the unlikely event of civility among the board members, even discussed.
Mrs Alice Whalen’s protracted, volatile diatribe was totally unnecessary and its obvious intent was to garner the cheap support of the mob who she was well aware would go into a feeding frenzy once she was able to draw even the tiniest drop of blood. She was absolutely and embarrassingly unprofessional and prostituted herself, divorcing herself of any dignity for the sake of cheap political shots.
Howard Engel’s stupid insistence that the president had no authority to call or chair a policy meeting was also a misguided and cheap shot, simply aimed at publicly embarrassing the president and other members in the opposition. He was rightly disciplined and corrected when he was confronted with the actual facts and the rules of procedure. Nevertheless, he took his cheap shots and, like Alice Whalen, appealed to the baser nature of the mob. He was quick to back pedal and to attempt to double talk his way out of the corner into which he had painted himself, but failed to do that as well.
Although we can understand the good intentions, the president of the board of education should in future refrain from citing law or precedent in the public part of the meeting. He should at all times refer such pronouncements to the attorney who should be available at every board of education meeting in an ex officio, advisory capacity. The president, as far as I am informed, has no legal training (nor do I, of I admit, but my statements on law are purely opinion as evidenced by the disclaimer that accompanies all of my statements on such matters).
In toto: The mob, Whalen, Engels fed the press. They did nothing to avert the usual description of this RCS school district as being nothing more than a bunch of yahoos with axes to grind, and once ground, burying them deeply in the backs of their neighbors!
In general, the teachers clique, Whalen, Engel, Latter, Reville, was absolutely disgusting and totally embarrassing. They managed to avoid discussion in executive session and engaged in ridiculous exhibitionist public discussions that should have been held in executive session. The teachers clique took unfair advantage and confirmed our continuing allegations that they are poor role models. It is unfair to the children to have to be exposed to such poor and bestial behavior.
The lack of coöperation, collaboration, consensus and the public’s frustration, largely because some members refuse to allow the dysfunctional board of education to function with the freedom they need (at least when the teachers clique is not trying to trip the operations up). The educators on the board of education do absolutely nothing to foster coöperation, collaboration, consensus; in fact, they inappropriately fuel the holocaust.
Of all persons to take the floor to talk about poor performance in academics, morality, and ethics, Matt “the Mutt” Miller spoke as the president of the RCS teachers association (the teachers union!) in opposition to the hiring of the new interim supervisor. Mr Miller is a poor example of morality and ethics, as our reporting on this blog bears irrefutable testimony. Matt “the Mutt” Miller should be the last person to take the floor to pontificate on morals and ethics. He is receiving a full teacher’s salary while on reduced teaching load to allow him to do his teachers union work on the taxpayer dime! Talk about special-interest conflicts of interest! He’s also the double-dipper who was collecting a stipend of $10,000 a year in addition to his teacher salary to act as so-called “energy manager” during the same time he was receiving the teacher’s salary, doing the teachers union work on school time, etc. This is the same Matt “the Mutt” Miller who got really pissed when the non-teacher RCS board of education majority gave him the boot and did not renew his contract as “energy manager.” He’s also the same Matt “the Mutt” Miller who was implicated in inciting students to bully other students, and who violated policy by discussing confidential information with lunch aides in the presence of students! It’s incredible that Matt “the Mutt” would have the balls to make a public statement on behalf of the teachers union opposing the hiring of the new superintendent on moral and ethical grounds! And this is one of the teacher role models to which RCS parents are exposing their children. Blind bats!
As far as the lengthy discussions of the A.S.A.P. (After School Activities Program) program went, and as far as I was able to discern from the whiney presentation by the director of that program, Alice Christiana, it quickly became obvious that it is simply a subsidized aftercare program that benefits largely the parents who opt to each work and delegate their parenting to a program which they expect the public to pay for.
Mark Silverbush,referring to his daughter, “…she gets her homework done…socializes…has a safe haven.” (Hang on, Mark, isn’t that what home is for? And parents?) Maybe if one of her parents were home, she’d be getting that from her parents! Nicholas Abrams, another resident, describes his family as “both working parents” and is “rely highly on the program just to get by Monday through Friday…until their parents pick up their children,” and is concerned that the program is being charged rent. (Gee! Fancy that!) This babysitting notion is continued by another resident Jo Lido, both parents working, who states “to really rely on it heavily much as the other parents have mentioned…we are thrilled to have a programs like that in the school that are after school where kids can go while we’re still at work…” Whoa! Free daycare, babysitting? Get outa here! ASAP is an after-school program, an extracurricular, which was described almost unanimously by supporters to be important to them because it allows both parents to work without having to be concerned about where their children are. Those very parents are outraged because the program may have to pay its way and the working parents won’t be getting a freebie at the public’s expense. Now isn’t that a dirty shame!?! While those very parents are the ones who would likely scream socialism they want the convenience that socialism would provide. In the alternative, they obviously want their cake and eat it, too, but object to having to buy the cake, that is, they want to enjoy the benefits but avoid paying for them. That’s not the way it happens.
That having been said, I was appalled that our wet rag superintendent took the safe path and let the frenzy go full steam and kept her mouth shut when she should have spoken up, I’m referring specifically to the A.S.A.P. director’s whiney presentation. Business as usual.
While on the subject of ASAP, it needs to be mentioned that the director of the program, Alice Christiana, is misdirecting her frustration to the board of education, as usual targeting the president, when her real beef is with the superintendent! The president attempted to explain to the program director that she had to talk to the superintendent, to the district business manager, who would consult with the school-district attorney to respond to her needs.
Even the Superintendent, in a rare moment of lucidness, admitted that it is not the board’s job to negotiate contracts. It is the superintendent’s job. The president of the board of education, too, indicated that she had to talk to the “persons on either side of me,” again emphasizing that she had to talk to the Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith and the RCS CSD business manager about her situation. Duh! What’s not to understand, Ms Christiana?
This babysitting notion is continued by another resident Jo Lido, both parents working, who states “to really rely on it heavily much as the other parents have mentioned…we are thrilled to have a programs like that in the school that are after school where kids can go while we’re still at work…” Whoa! Free daycare, babysitting? Get outa here!
But, it’s incomprehensible that so many people should make public statements to the effect that ‘we don’t understand why we’re paying for the ASAP program.’ Please help us to understand, people, why shouldn’t you pay for the program? It’s extracurricular, it’s after school, it’s doing your parenting for you!
Lukens, Robbins, RK, Sylvester & Vadney were champs at cool, though!
More GOOD NEWS is:
The Times Useless Star Illiterate, Dayelin Roman, Has Left the Area!
More to Come…
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