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In Praise of Teachers: Remember Who You Are!


It’s very important that you get the word out to all of your friends, family and neighbors before Mary 21, 2013. Do your part get out the vote and to clean up the RCS district and to put good, competent, and experienced women and men on the RCS board of Education!


 We Are Directing this Article, this Letter Actually, to the Teachers in the RCS Central School District, in the Appeal to Consider Who You Are in this Community, and How You are Being Misused and Misrepresented.

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter
But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

I am addressing this letter to you as a colleague, as a fellow educator, as a teacher. I am addressing this letter to you, our teachers, as members of our community. I am addressing this communiation to our teachers and to our community because I am concerned.

Since ancient times, men, women, boys, girls have looked upon their teachers with admiration, respect, reverence, gratitude. Yes, even love. We have a certain spiritual connection with our teachers, whether in the early years, our growing up years, even into our adult years when “teachers” become “professors” and “supervisors.”

i love my teacherWe read the teachings of saints by whose example we are taught how to live a moral and ethical life. We read the lessons of sages and philosophers who teach us the metaphysical, and the transcendent nature of knowledge, mind, life, meaning.

There was a time when teachers were encouraged to be celibate because it was considered such a sensitive vocation, yes a vocation, similar to that of religious orders. By not marrying, they could exist in the world but not necessarily be of the world. Things change and so they ought to, but some things lose some of their special essence when they or the times change, don’t they?

With the workers movements in the late 19th century we saw churches and politics turn towards social justice for workers. We saw the creation and growth of workers unions, collective bargaining, and the improvement of the lot of the working class. Later, professions joined in the union movement. And so we have it today.

That was both a bane and a blessing, dear colleagues. We know why in the depths of our hearts and we can cogitate about it and rationalize it all but when we do so, we must never lose our hold on what a teacher is and her and his role in society.

Who in today’s society has such responsibility where parents, whole communities entrust their children to the care of one group almost every day, almost all day? Who in today’s society can say that they have the power, authority, and responsibility to build young persons in mind, body and spirit? It’s an awesome responsibility and an awesome privilege. Why on earth would anyone allow anyone from within their group to blacken or to diminish that sacred responsibility? Why would someone, anyone abuse that sacred trust?

Well, dear brothers and sisters, colleagues, that has happened insidiously when the teaching profession was taken over by unions and organized from outside of the community in which the teacher lives and works. That’s what happened when the holy vocation of teaching jumped with both feet into the world and became of the world. (We see similar changes after Vatican II when female religious communities were taken from their schools and thrown out into the world; their entire image changed as did their primary concerns. A tragedy!)

Even worse, the situation is aggravated when teachers become politically motivated, when they divorce themselves from their sacred function as arbiters of morality, ethics, and community, and start becoming, for lack of a better description, profane, ordinary, tainted.

Have you ever wondered why many denominations and religions prohibit their clergy and religious orders from running for public office or holding political office? Why judges cannot campaign on issues but only on the promise to be non-partisan in their interpretation of the law? For the same reasons that teachers are discouraged from public political activity and public dissent: they have an elevated status in the community that requires them to remain “clean.”

When one individual usurps the right to be the public voice of all teachers, all teachers lose.

We are all aware that the RCSTA (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association) is the local arm of the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, the teachers union.

 That’s what’s happening now in your very midst. Matt Miller, writing “on behalf of the entire RCS Teachers Association Politial Action Committee,”” is endorsing some RCS board of education candidates and smearing others. Matt Miller the calls this blog “vile,” while publishing vague, ambiguous, and spurious statements on behalf of the RCSTA!  Does the teachers’ Code of Professional Ethics espouse double standards? Is that how the teachers of the RCS school district conduct their business?

We are publishing the full-text of that specious letter to allow the public, this community to make its own decision as to its appropriateness, its intent, and its purpose. Teachers and Mr Miller are employees of this community and the public and this community will be their judge.

Doesn’t a Teachers’ Association, a local teachers union chapter, lose some of it’s sacrosanct status when it jumps into the fray of profane partisan politics—especially when it presumes to endorse candidates of very questionable character on behalf of the district teachers? Since when does our district need a “Political Action Committee?” And shouldn’t that political action committee be advocating that teachers meet their statutory requirements, like training in the provisions of the Dignity Act and ensuring that the teachers are fairly treated. Not acting as the long-arm of local political agendas? Aren’t you embarassed by this display? 

One person, power-drunk, vindictive, retaliatory, egomaniacal is painting our entire community of teachers one single color, is speaking for all of you with one single voice, is announcing to this community one single political message: division, discord, misinformation. How long are the teachers of this district going to tolerate Mr Miller’s agendas?

We would be in a most regrettable situation if we expected our teachers to be clones of an ideal. It’s frightening even as a possibility because our educators must certainly represent not only the diversity of Knowlege we expect them to master but also to reflect the diversity of our world. This is what makes an exceptional education model truly superiorly exceptional. But it also has a darker side because it also means that the community of teachers must also reflect the moral composition of the community, that is, there will be saints and devils. We’d like to think the saints keep the devils in check but devils, by their very nature, are slippery little critters, and they’re crazy clever, too. Tradition teaches us that devils are master deceivers, master liars, masters of disguise. I’d only have to remind you of C.F. Lewis’ remarkable and instructive essay, The Screwtape Letters, for a wonderfully entertaining and eye-opening lesson in devilishness. You have devils among the saints and they are working their demonic agenda to poison this community as a whole, but also are taking a terrible toll on your reputation, on your image in this community.

You must do your own housekeeping, though. You must self-police.

Not only has it come to the point of putting a very questionable character, Gerald Deluca, in a position to spy and report on the RCS CSD transporation department and its employees, even despite the fact that a professionally trained, competent investigator/detective Stephen Prokrym, is on the Coeymans police force; your own union representative, Matt Miller, has gone rogue rabid.

While it is true that Mr Matthew J. Miller, your NYSUT representative, has experienced a number of crushing defeats, starting with the present BoE’s refusal to renew his $18,000+ a year double-dipping scam as “energy manager,” and culminating in recent defeats, it should be obvious that Miller’s recent desperate attacks on the board are more the result of desperation and retaliation in the guise of his official mandates. Miller obviously has lost self-confidence and reasonably has also lost the confidence of his constituency, and as a direct consequence of his personal failures, his professional shortcomings, and his political failurs, he is no longer capable of leadership. While I realize I am probably preaching to the choir, it is imperative that the majority of teachers, which is probably not involved in the deplorable, spurious, and specious political agendas we are suffering in this broken community, take this situation in hand and out of Mr Miller’s hands. He is making a tragic mess of a situation in which he should not be involved.

As you are probably aware, many professions include in their ethical statutes or Codes of Professional Conduct admonitions and prohibitions of multiple roles in professional relations. Put simply, you simply cannot serve two masters; one or both is going to get a bum deal, and that’s what we find happening in the RCS Central School District, particularly in the present example of Mr Miller’s role as teacher, taxpayer, union advocate, and political activist. He is spread all over the place and making a vainglorious attempt to establish himself as a leader. He is failing miserably.

One of the reasons for that failure is that he is not focused, and is blinded by his past failures. His agenda is one of half-truth and misinformation, finger-pointing, and polarization.

We have come to possess a recent letter that demonstrates perfectly all of our above points. The letter was provided to us by a teacher who has had enough of the cloak-and-daggar, it is dated May 4, 2013, it was sent out to “Fellow NYSUT MEmbers”, and it is underwritten by Matthew J. Miller and the RCSTA Executive Committee. One paragraph of that letter stands out as a glaring testimony to the spurious and specious tactics that Mr Miller and his associates employ when dealing with what should be dialogue partners. I am certain you know of the letter and its content but in order to refresh your information and to provide the entire text to our readers, we are providing a copy at RCSTA to NYSUT Members.

Taken in or out of context this single paragraph clearly illustrates the scandal, the mean spirit, the paranoia, the vindictiveness, the despair of the signatories, but especially of Matthew J. Miller, who is writing as YOUR, the teachers’,  representative. It is not a communication that should come from the pen of your representative, from the pen of someone who claims to be seeking consensus, much less from a teacher, from a person or persons to whom we entrust the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of our children. You, as teachers, as professionals, as community members should be shocked that you should be addressed such a missive by a collegue who allegedy speaks with YOUR voices!

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The offending paragraph (read the entire letter at Letter) reads in its entirety, as Mr Miller writes:

“It has become very clear that the present majority of the BOE is anti-tax and anti-government, not to mention anti-teacher. Ignore their rhetoric and examine their actions and this becomes very clear. Mr. Vadney, through his wife and child, still has a $15 million dollar notice of claim against the District while stating at the same time that he is looking out for the taxpayers. He has been arrested for his behavior against fellow BOE members and has a history of making threats against fellow members, yet claims to be bullied. He has been dismissive and rude to the minority and to any community member who does not share his views (and let’s not forget his brother’s vile blog and what info he supplies to that blog). Mrs. Sylvester, who ran as an “independent” voice last year, has voted 100% lockstep with the majority and even refused to speak on record about her stance on the budget. We need to restore the respect and integrity to this school community that these folks have wantonly destroyed in the process of making RCS a laughingstock in the Capital Region.”

I am not going to parse and analyze this text in its acrid perversity. Everyone in this community should be able to read it and process it for what it is: unacceptable and inappropriate misinformation devoid of any credibility. It is an embarassment to the teachers, to the District, and to the community who supports its teachers and which will very soon be voting on a budget that is adequate, responsible, and responsive. Anyone who has taken the time to follow its development and to get the facts straight will appreciate and acknowledge the prudence of the proposed budget.

We do feel we should comment very briefly on several points, however:

  • There is absolutely no basis in fact that the present BoE is anti – tax or anti – government. Absent any documentation or any statement of real facts, the statement made by MrMiller and the RCSTA Executive Committee and Political Action Committee is ambiguous, vague, and ignorant.
  • The editorial contributors to this blog have NEVER received input of any kind whatsoever from any RCS board of education member, much less from it’s sitting president, Mr John Vadney. Mr Miller’s and the RCSTA’s assertion is entirely false and intended to misinform you, the teachers, and whomever else might chance to read Miller’s missive. In fact, if Mr Miller has facts or information to support his accusation, we invite him to publish it. But if he has no substantiation or documentation, it’s your duty to confront him, teachers.
  • While we have addressed the purpose of a Notice of Claim, it has little to do with any lawsuit, less to do with the taxpayers of this district, and a great deal to do with notifying the RCS CSD of a serious problem that is in violation of NYS law and which does expose the District to serious liability and risk if the District administrators, teachers and staff do not get it under control. It has been addressed myriad times both in BoE meetings and outside of meetings. In fact, Mr Vadney’s son was brutally attacked when entering the school building, the event was captured on video tape. The then administration tried its best to keep it under wraps and to sideline the parents (this was not an isolated incident at all) and only when met with the former district administrations’ stonewalling did the parents have to bite the bullet to get the administration’s attention. NO LAWSUIT WAS FILED! So what is Mr Miller’s point? why don’t you ask him, NYSUT members.

In fact, ladies and gentlemen, we acquired evidence that Mr Matthew Miller was actually inciting such bullying but because of his “connections” was never publicly disgraced but did receive discipline. As teachers at the high – school, you are probably eminently well aware of this fact.

  • Mr John Vadney was framed by Mr Miller’s associates, including Ms Josephine O’Connor and her father, Joseph Tracey, O’Connor, whom you know well and also should be aware of her personal difficulties and her relationship with local ringleader Gerald Deluca (the same Gerald Deluca who is spying on your busdrivers). There were many witnesses, including a higher level NYSED officer, present who stood ready to testify in favor of Mr Vadney. The whole issue was a set up as was Mr Vadney’s arrest by local Coeymans police even after an order of protection was granted by a Bethlehem town judge. The matter was after a protracted battle summarily dismissed as having no basis in fact. This is the truth. It is public information and has been widely published in local media. Why then, we must ask you, is Mr Miller propagating this disinformation to his own colleagues and constituents?!?
  • In view of Mr Miller’s unsubstantiated claim that Mr Vadney has been rude and dismissive, the public record, unlike Mr Miller, does not lie. All one has to do is randomly review any of the many video recordings of RCS BoE meetings and make an informed decision. Nowhere whatsoever is there any evidence of rudeness or dismissiveness by Mr Vadney; quite the contrary, he is uniformly courteous, dignified, and respectful. Reviewing those same videos we can hardly say the same for Mr Miller’s various performances, nor for Ms Whalen’s or Mr Latter’s, even less so for Mr Deluca, Miller’s godfather.
  • Miller has absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Mr Vadney’s brother is operating a “vile blog.” If  Miller has substantial factual information to prove his statement, we would be delighted to see it. We are sure you would be, too.
  • Why Mr Miller has to pick on Ms Judy Sylvester is beyond us.  How she ran in the campaigning last year and how she votes is nothing that Mr Miller is competent to judge. Ms Sylvester, moreover, has indeed spoken several times on the record about her position on the budget. All anyone has to do is review the videos! In fact, her finals stand on the budget was to vote to approve it to put it out to the public’s vote! Where have you been Mr Miller?
  • As to the candidates being promoted by Matthew Miller on YOUR behalf, as YOUR RCSTA president, as the representative of YOUR NYSUT teachers union, just a couple of words:
    • James Latter. Mr Latter has a substantial history of misconduct that ranges from FERPA confidentiality violations to verbal abuse of students. We have in our possession internal documents incriminating Latter in some very serious connections that should have resulted in his immediate removal from the RCS CSD BoE, but for some uncanny reason, did not (during the regrettable and dark Smith regime). We are in the process of redacting specific names in those documents and will be publishing them soon on this blog. Once published, Mr Latter’s BoE career will be finished. Miller is or should be aware of these documents but he continues to promote Latter. Perhaps the teachers would benefit from a more substantial reason why Miller is backing latter.
    • Patrick Brown. Patrick Brown, in a very brief space of time as a candidate, has managed to present himself as simply what he is: a shyster who uses lawyer doublespeak to flamboozle his listeners. We’ve already mentioned the fact that he lives and is registered to vote at an address in Feura Bush (town of New Scotland) but said at a recent Meet the Candidate event that he lives in the town of Coeymans. Liar or fraud? Whatever. He then said that he did not support the school budget and would not vote to approve it. Yet his campaign signs are flanked by Vote YES! signs. Which is it? To the extent of our investigations no one has ever seen him at a BoE meeting, much less address the meeting. Now he’s asking for residents’ votes and is supported by your RCSTA president, Mr Matt Miller but no reasoning is given for this recommendation of support. There is no basis for such support in view of Mr Brown’s past lack of involvement in this district.

    Brown proudly announces that he is thick in government relations and an advisor to the Cuomos (Mario and Andrew). But aren’t these the very same Cuomos who have a track record of pulling every possible trick to deprive local school districts of state funding? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who have sucked every possible support from local governments only to pad the pockets in Albany and to embellish downstate moneypits like NYC? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who started all of this complicated and ingenuous 2% tax levy nonsense? And your RCSTA president and the RCSTA Political Action Committee are endorsing this Brown shyster?!? What are we missing in this picture? Maybe some sanity?

    • Jason Hyslop. Hyslop is running as a member of the Friends of RCS troika or triumvirate, whichever you prefer. He is vanilla and unconvincing, not that that in and of itself would disqualify, discredit, or denounce him. Our concern is his choice of company and how that will play out in his performance on the board. Can he be his own person or will be an owned member. He is at best unconvincing and his scripted responses do not represent convincing initiative or vision. So why is Mr Miller stuffing him down your throats? Best ask Mr Miller.

James Latter is a complete embarassment and should never have continued on the RCS BoE after the debacle of his having violated the FERPA law and having profanely disparaged a student. Peter Brown is an opportunist who suddenly appears out of nowhere (but he’s the husband of Mary Partridge-Brown, a close social and political associate of Matt Miller). Peter Brown’s record is one that is diametrically opposed to anything that would benefit our local school district. Moreover, Mr Brown has cast certain doubt on his integrity by openly misrepresenting his residence and making contradictory statements on the 2013-14 school budget. Mr Brown is patently a liar and a fraud. Jason Hyslop is his own unfavorable recommendation. Mr Hyslop had the option of running on his own, independently, honestly. Instead, he chose to be part of a troika in union with Latter and Brown. That was a very regrettable choice but it was a choice freely made by Mr Hyslop. Hyslop has thus identified himself and has made a clear statement of his principles and his agenda. Together with his inexperience, his ambiguous, scripted statements, his choice of running mates has spoken volumes. He’s part of the agenda and unworthy of the trust to be a board of education member.

 But the real challenge for Mr Miller is to put up or shut up. It’s inane to send out a letter to a group of sophisticated and highly educated colleagues when such letter is gibberish, a perfect example of a defense tactic. Don’t you want solid facts? Reliable information? Truth?

If one of your own number has had the courage to disclose this letter it can only mean that many more in your ranks are probably feeling the same way. Enough is enough!

But our question to you is this: How long are you going to allow Mr Miller to play his ridiculous games making believe he represents your interests. How much longer do you feel this community is going to tolerate this sort of doubledealing before there’s a backlash…against the very people the present board majority has supported 200%.

How long will the good teachers in this district continue to put up with being fed total nonsense, total dysinformation, outright lies before you step up to the plate and do the responsible thing: Say NO! to the lies, and YES! to the facts. In short be the educators we hope you strive to be and the educators you are being paid by this community to be. Ethical, rational, exemplary.

When all else is collapsing around our ears in this community and beyond, we have to have our ideals, our heroes, if you will. But those ideals, those heroes have to be credible, honest, trustworthy. As always, as instructors and educators, even as public speakers and presenters, we have to be aware of the impression we make on our audience. And it’s time to ask yourselves as community leaders, as educators, is the image that is being presented to us by your spokesperson Matthew J. Miller, the impression and image you want us to walk away with? Do YOU really trust him to speak for you, to represent you, to inform you?

 Matt Miller is spent, he’s passé, he’s in on the slippery slope to nowhere; our teachers are in this for the long haul. Stick with us. We need your support and we need our experienced, honest, and committed boardmembers, not Miller’s political agenda lackeys!

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Stupidity, Denial, Coeymanazis and Silly String

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Greed, Corruption, Denial, Coeymanazis…Actually, Simplemindedness May Be the Real Key to RCS’s Decline.

Claudia Verga “Sillystringed”
Model of Adult Behavior
A.W. Becker Elementary School Principal

Are You Still Wondering That Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Is a Losers Club as a Community and as a District? Read on…

In my day, the school principal was a person who represented authority, was an important role model for students and even teachers, was a source of socialization. But that was before everyone and anyone could do anything and everything because everyone and anyone is his or her own person. And if it feels good you can do it. Look where that bullshit has gotten us as persons, families, communities, as a nation. Right down the crapper!

Note the Principal’s Defensive Posture!
Note the Aggression in the Children!
A Great Lesson…

So, I wasn’t all that surprised to have learned and read of the local principal who made a mockery of herself and became the incarnation of the stupid adult we have today. Where was that? At RCS A.W. Becker where principal Claudia Verga made herself the object of elementary school pupil’s disrespect and aggression by allowing herself to be publicly… SILLYSTRINGED!

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Times Union Editorial: “We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk…”

“We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk”*

(*Statement in a recent Albany Times Union editorial)

Filthy Rags
Another Times Union Editorial

A recent Times Useless (a.k.a. Albany Times Union, a newspaper owned by the Hearst Corporation) editorial sounds like it’s dictated by Alice Whalen or Howard Engel: “We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk…” But to cover its ass legally, the editorial expressly uses the word “opinion” to protect itself from possible liability and lawsuits.

Or, maybe the Times Useless knows what’s best for the RCS community and district. Maybe the Times Useless should vote for all of us and maybe that will save our useless butts. Yeah! Let’s all ask the Times Useless editor to vote for all of us. That will solve all of our problems and we’ll finally get some positive press out of that useless rag! (I don’t really think that’s a great idea.)

Now, think, good readers: When can you remember the Times Useless ever writing something fair, balanced, decent about the RCS community or the RCS school district? The Times Useless enjoys what is called Schadenfreude (pronounced: shadenfroyde), the delight in another’s bad luck or suffering. Is that the best the Times Useless can serve up about our community? There are two possibilities that come to mind when I read something as slanted and biased as the Times Useless editorial:

  1. Either the editorial was written by someone who has no knowledge of the community and the district, an outsider in other words. If that is the case, the editorial in the TU rag is totally unreliable, is the product of ignorance and simplemindedness, calculated only to victimize a suffering community and to make money by scandalizing us.
  2. Or the editorial was written by someone being fed the false facts and what to write. Someone or some group in our RCS community is providing the TU rag with misinformation about the community. In that case, the rag is totally unreliable and is a mere tool of some shadowy crook using it to manipulate public opinion against the RCS community and district. But what’s to gain by destroying the dignity of our community and embarrassing the good, hard-working majority by writing such garbage? Who knows? Christ Jesus was innocent but was sold for 30 pieces of silver…what’s the price of selling out the RCS community and blaming the innocent?  Evil does work in bizarre ways to accomplish its purposes, though.

The bottom line is: There are traitors in our midst and there are sheeple who believe them (including the Times Useless). But isn’t it great to know we have the support and the compassion of the Times Union to encourage us in our moments of challenge and in the negotiation and decision-making process? Isn’t it great to know that the local rag is so happy at what it seems to think is our continuing descent to despair? Thank you! Times Union for your kind observations. It’s good to know you’re there for your neighbors! Scumbag rag!

The unsigned editorial then continues to describe the RCS school district’s operation as “school district’s follies.”

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Adultery, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Amy Bartlett, Ashley Anne Irwin, Bad Role Model, Barbara McMullen, Betsy Smith, Bill Bailey, Bill McFerran, BOCES, Bottle Blitz, Bray Engel, Brenda Biance Pommakoy, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Bullying, Cathy Deluca, Cathy's Coeymanazi Clucks Club, Child Abuse, Clowns, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Conflict of Interest, Corruption, Crooks, David Bartlett, Deceit, Denial, Diane Malecki, Donna Leput Hommel, Double Dipping, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eleanor Oldham, Election Fraud, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Extramarital Affairs, Frustration, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Incompetence, Incompetent School Principal, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Investigation, Irregularities, Voting, James Latter, James Latter II, Jeff Stambaugh, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, John B. King, John Luckacovic, Josephine O'Connor, Lies, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Matt "the Mutt", Melanie Lekocevic, Michael J. Biscone, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misinformation, Money Laundering, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, Negligent Parents, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, Newspaper Bullying, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Office of the Attorney General, Pam Black, Parent Teachers Organization, Perp Patrol, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, Poll Misconduct, PTO, Pulp Fiction Journalism, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Bottle Blitz, RCS School Board, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Sports Association, RCS Teachers Association, Ron Racey, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Selkirk, Shame On You, Sign Vandalism, Smalbany, Small Town, Sour Grapes, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Sucker Punch, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher on Student Bullying, Teachers Association, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Useless, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Vote NO!, Voting Fraud, Voting Irregularities

 

Atheist Teachers, Criminal Athletic Association, Neonazi Students

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

Atheist Teachers, Criminal Athletic Association, Neonazi Students…Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Has It ALL!

Bully Assault & Battery at
RCS High School

With the New York State Dignity Act, an important anti-bullying law going into effect this month, it is baffling, especially in view of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools’ very poor record in curtailing and preventing school bullying –teacher-on-student, teacher-on-teacher, and student-on-student bullying– how it is possible that a particularly brutal attack could happen in the RCS high school only last week!

Here’s what happened and what was caught on video:

A male ninth-grade student is attempting to pass through a door. Another male student appears to be making way for the first student to pass but then jumps the first student from behind. The attacker brutally hits the first student in the head and then claws his neck, leaving numerous lacerations and fingernail marks on the first student’s neck.

The first student was able to free himself from the attacker’s grip but not without injuries.

The entire incident was caught on video tape. The parents of the injured student demanded that the New York State Police be called; the Coeymans Police responded but were allegedly sent away by the school principal, who was instructed by the parents to allow only the State Police to investigate.

Because of fears of retaliation against the injured student that were expected on the basis of previous bullying incidents at the high school, several of which were directly attributed to the instigation of teachers having made imprudent and inappropriate remarks relating to a student, the parent of the injured student had earlier called the school to advise administration and teachers to be vigilant that day. A lot of good that precaution did!

We have previously reported on the bullying problems at the RCS high school, the reports of a teacher, Matt Miller, proclaiming himself to students to be an atheist when not reciting the “one nation under God” part of the pledge of allegiance (see  “One Nation Under God”…Maybe not.)  (Miller is president of the RCS teachers association/union), two teachers at least are known to have made inappropriate remarks about students or student’s family members which led directly to bullying incidents (see Stop the Presses…EXTRA! Bully Gangs at RCS and  Real Bullying at School is By the Teachers), school administration has either been slow to respond or totally non-responsive to incidents, including even a gun on school grounds (see Gun at School & Budget Vote Irregularities…Did you see… ), and the attacker in the most recent incident, a 15-year-old minor and resident of the Ravena community, Oakbrook Manor, is a self-proclaimed neo-nazi!

Because the attacker is a minor, the New York State Police have allegedly informed the parents of the injured student that no charges can be made against the attacking student! This was clearly a premeditated violent assault and battery on another student without provocation whatsoever! What’s this shite about not being able to charge the attacker? That’s utter nonsense! Charge the juvenile criminal and do it now or expect to see more bold attacks…and more lawsuits, including criminal charges against administrators and teachers! (On top of everything else, the RCS district is plagued with a corrupt and tainted police department and a serious retaliation problem. See Corrupt Coeymans Police Effectiveness Compromised!!!, Can You Explain This, Jerry?, This Is Your Town, Coeymans! Do you like it?).

Teachers are mandated reporters of such violence under the Dignity Act but at RCS they’re involved with the bullying! Many of the teachers don’t have the brains or the training to know the difference between opening their mouths and letting crap fly out and keeping their manure chutes shut!

And Brian Bailey, principal of the RCS high school, allegedly responds that he “Will take care of it [?]” (RCS has a record of non-response (see Schools, Superintendent:  No Response to Allegations of Bullying…)  Idiots! Brian Bailey is barely able to cross the street unassisted (see INCREDIBLE!!!)…what in hell is he going to do about this violent assault and battery on a student on school grounds? A neo-nazi, no less! Bailey can’t even be relied on to implement emergency security procedures when there’s a gun on school grounds! Who cares WHY the gun’s there! It’s there! You ask WHY? after you implement the security procedures, you DORK!

If school violence is not enough for your tax dollars, RCS residents and taxpayers, we also have our greedy little friend Matt Miller double-dipping and getting a stipend on top of his teacher salary (see A Fable of a Swimming Pool and Acquatic Sports and other Horror Stories). We have a RCS Athletic Association that’s come under fire for alleged criminal activity like misrepresenting itself as a non-profit, failing to file the required tax disclosures, illegally misusing Association funds for political purposes (see Sports Scandal Quiz: RCS Sports Association? and James Latter). There’s also the sociopath wanabe teacher, Josephine O’Connor, who does a “He called me fat!” dance for voters (see Josephine O’Connor: A Role Model of Maturity and Mental Stability…NOT!) and then gets a village idiot, her estranged father, Joseph “Joe” Tracey,  to harass and intimidate and then to file a false charge against the president of the Board of Education, getting the innocent man arrested! (see This Is Your Town, Coeymans! Criminals Gone Wild, Part II) And then we have the reall perp and pervs, over and above Josephine O’Connor, who go unscathed despite egregious violations of confidentiality in violation of the federal FERPA law, like James Latter  (see James Latter: Why Is He Still On the Board of Education?).

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Recently Put to The Vote and Approved a $41,729,185 budget for the 2012-13 school year. While the proposed budget allegedly reduces spending by $708,681, or 1.7 percent compared with the current school year it increased the tax levy on property owning residents by an additional 6.8 percent! The final total was 1797 Yes votes to 1602 No votes (53 percent to 47 percent). The very close, almost a tie, provides a clear clue as to the sharp division in the community regarding this highly charged and controversial issue, not to mention the brutality and nastiness of the Yes! supporters in the campaigning leading to this vote. A large number of voting irregularities are currently under investigation by various authorities. (See More Irregularities in the Voting?, Gun at School & Budget Vote Irregularities…Did you see…,, Secret Meetings on Budget at Public School?)

Your Tax Dollars Working For You and Your Children!

Bullies are Pussies!

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The Coeymans Rule: “When Truth Fails, Just Lie!”

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

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the Truth” John 16:12-15

It Seems That When the Personal Attacks and Self-Esteem Problems of a RCS Central School District Board of Education Member, Josephine O’Connor, Don’t Gain Any Ground–And She’s Shown to Be A Liar–She Enlists Her Father and the Corrupt Coeymans Police to Defend Her Dishonor!

The Fat Bastard Will Be Named Soon!

It’s a Psychological Fact That When People See A Picture or Read a Text, They See What They Want to See or Read What they Want to Understand. Imagine What Can Happen When A Sociopath or An Illiterate Foul-mouthed Oaf Enter the Equation! Then Add the Compromised, Corrupt Coeymans Police and It Really Gets Ugly!

But one fact is abundantly clear:

Another one? Can you afford it, Coeymans?

If there was an arrest made without probable cause and, given the circumstances that point indisputably toward an agenda of wanton retaliation, and if law enforcement acted imprudently on the merest allegation of an already known perp, and on that flimsiest of evidence failed to make due inquiry as to probable cause and failed to exercise the least damaging but effective power to prevent a crime or disturbance, there will be law suits and there will be prosecution. Don’t be mistaken! There had better been solid evidence on which to proceed, and a known loose cannon and  liar’s word is NOT, at least not in this country (yet), probable cause; at least as of this evening we still have a principle of due process.

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk System
Is this the American Way?

We’ve already reported on the Coeymanazis and the compromised and corrupt Coeymans Police Department (see our article Corrupt Coeymans Police Effectiveness Compromised!!!). And we’ve also reported on the underhanded, scandalous practice in the High School of teachers enlisting students to bully other students in retaliation (see our articles  Schools, Superintendent:  No Response to Allegations of Bullying… and Stop the Presses…EXTRA! Bully Gangs at RCS). We’ve reported on James Latter’s misconduct and his involvement in the RCS Athletic Association’s allegedly fraudulent activities (see  James Latter: Why Is He Still On the Board of Education?). And we’ve reported on Gerald “Jerry” Deluca’s conflicts of interest in his so-called “public affairs” and political influence business while an employee of the scandalous Coeymans Police Department (see Can You Explain This, Jerry?). Do you really need to be reminded of some of the irregularities before, during, and after the 2012-13 school budget vote? (If you do, please see our article, More Irregularities in the Voting?).

Wisdom & Justice

The phenomenon of the BLOGGER…that disembodied VOICE in the heads of the Coeymanazis…has become an obsession, the monkey on thier backs driving them absolutely nutters! So like any good gang of psychopaths, they lash out at the harpies, the black flies that are driving them to distraction…but they’re fighting a spirit: the Spirit of Truth! The Spirit of Fairness! The Spirit of Justice! And they want to destroy it in any way possible.

Which brings us full circle to the most recent events of what sick minds can do:

We recently published an article, at Josephine O’Connor’s explicit invitation, reproducing and commenting on her antics at the RCS High School (see Josephine O’Connor: A Role Model of Maturity and Mental Stability…NOT!). It appears that Ms O’Connor not only has self-esteem problems and hearing problems, she has problems with the truth, and she seems also to have problems with her eyesight and her reading. But those are mild compared to the problems O’Connor’s most recent antics are causing!

First of all, we hear, one of O’Connor’s relatives, allegedly her father [pending verification of name], from whom O’Connor allegedly was “estranged” for a number of years, appeared at a local business and put on a disorderly display of foul-mouthed, local low-life misconduct that was excused for what it was, considering the source, but the fat fool couldn’t let it rest and accept his good luck. No! He then called the home of another RCS board of education member and launch an avalanche of obscenities and threats which, in fact, later got him arrested later that evening.

Did he stop there? No! Of course not! Far be it from him to have learned that civilized behavior is rewarded, he had to retaliate in the only way a true low-life could: He made a false allegation, with no proof or substantiation whatsoever, and filed a false instrument to have the person he originally verbally abused arrested! (Now what’s that saying about the apple not falling far from the tree? Can you help us out here, Josephine O’Connor?)

It’s A Bad Habit but It’s Yours!

This is an example of the desperation of sick small-town minds, the minds we have to deal with on a daily basis in this area, but especially in that den of Coeymanazis in the double-wide and their friends.

As it turns out, O’Connor will be leaving the RCS board of education in a couple of weeks and has been trying to do some damage–as if she hasn’t done enough already–and where her underhanded coup-d’état to have a board member removed was thwarted, and she was shown to be a liar in her “He called me fat!” idiot performance at the RCS High School, she’s apparently bound and determined to hurt someone before she leaves, and she apparently doesn’t care who it is! She’s even enlisted her father as a willing, albeit a somewhat addled henchman! Now, is this O’Connor charactr the kind of person you want teaching your children? She claims to be a teacher! (We exposed the misrepresentation the “Since I’m a teacher…” statement! She is not teaching anywhere; she is not a teacher.)

It seems that certain of the RCS board of education members are not above treachery to accomplish their evil, and are not above taking advantage of the corruption of the Coeymanazis in the Coeymans Police Department, either.

You have the facts, some of you provided those facts to us, we published them. What are you doing about it? James Latter, Gerald Deluca, Matt Miller (self-proclaimed atheist teacher at the RCS High School and president of the teachers union), Josephine O’Connor, the Pieter B. Coeymans PTO members (RJ DEsposito, Marlene McTigue, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Donna Leput Hommel) who ban parents from their official PTO site, allegedly retaliate against children, and advocate a policy of punishing Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk businesses who don’t support their political agendas (see our report We Asked…You Responded: Thank You!),

How is it that you can’t get the Coeymans Police to investigate a real crime where there is real evidence and real damage but they will respond to a fabricated charge where are no witnesses and no proof,  a he-said-he-said situation, and no probable cause! Why? It’s called retaliation, my friends! Random shots in the dark. They gotta hurt someone, anyone, and they don’t care whom! Sound familiar?

Stay tuned for Part II of this report…we’ll publish details but we need first to obtain the documents.

P.s. If anyone has any information on who owns the Coeymans Police Department, we would like to know that information. The Coeymans Town Administration simply answers “It’s part of the town corporation.”  Some residents don’t believe it’s a town department and may have been sold to a private company…that’s simply a rumor but wouldn’t you think that the Town of Coeymans would know?  And be prepared to answer with a simple Yes or No? Maybe if enough residents ask the question, they might remember Who Owns the Coeymans Police Department?

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Trailer Trash In A Double-Wide

Somehow It Seems Appropriate That the Coeymans Town Administration and Police Department Should be Housed in What Appears to Be A Converted Cargo Container or An Oversized Double-Wide Trailer

Town Of Coeymans
Town Hall

It’s also not surprising that search as I may, I just can’t find a photo or an image of the Coeymans Town Trailer? Can it be that it’s such a gem of the Hudson Valley, such an Objet d’Art that they need to keep it a secret?

Or is it, more accurately, because it’s such a den of corruption and iniquity that only those poor bastards unfortunate enough to have to appear there and be humiliated by the ignorant but arrogant town justices, an ex-cop and a former cafeteria manager, or abused by the hirelings of Coeyman’s police department chief Gregory Darlington and his troupe of  sadist pervert investigators and Albany PD rejects (McKenna and Johnson, included). I’d go for this latter option.

Moreover, it’s really unfair to even use the term “trailer trash” when discussing the town hall thugs. Trash they are but it’s doing a terrible injustice to those poor persons whom the elite disparagingly call “trailer trash.” There’s plenty of so-call “trailer trash” who would put the community élite to abject shame in terms of morality, virtues, values, and ethics. So, understand that I am using the term “trailer trash” in it’s most literal form, not in the manner that the hypocrites might use it to disparage persons less fortunate than themselves.

Now That I Have Your Undivided Attention…

That may at first blush sound pretty uncharitable and it probably is if you don’t think about it. But that’s the problem: You simply don’t THINK about things; more accurately, you don’t REFLECT on things, and you really ought to.

It’s only natural… that when someone comes and stirs up the scum in your pool you’re going to get pissed because the scum is stirred up, not because you were negligent and didn’t do what was necessary, the work, to keep it clean. Same thing for your community.

It’s only natural…that when you find that someone is pointing out your fat ass, and mentioning that it means trouble for your overall health that you become indignant at being called “fat,” and curse the person for the insult. But you know you’re fat and you know you eat unhealthfully and you know you don’t exercise enough but still, he called you “fat.” Same thing for your community, you know what’s wrong but you decide to live with it, deny it, work around it, and then you’re pissed because someone tells you something’s wrong and that you can fix it…if you care to.

It’s only natural… that you should all rise up and complain: “All teachers aren’t greedy!” Or “All teachers aren’t bullies, there are some very good ones.” You cry this out but you don’t also take into consideration that teachers, police, doctors, judges, men and women elected to public office are all in a special position in society; they want special respect but in return society holds them to a higher standard. Either they tow the mark or they go.

You want to wear crown? Well…

These privileged statuses also want to do their own dirty laundry, take care of their own. And so, when it becomes public that there are bad apples in the barrel, it becomes the task of the good apples to clean up the bad ones…or they can be included in the bad bushel, too. You want to wear the crown and wield the authority, enjoy the perks, do the dirty work guys and gals; clean up your litter boxes.

Find’em and Fix’em

It’s only natural….that because it was YOU who elected them to their privileged statuses that you will get pissed and want to kill the messenger when it becomes obvious that you or those to whom you have delegated your decision-making authority have put jerks in those power positions. But rather than kill the messenger, why don’t you bite the bullet and lay down the rules for the perps and pervs; you put them where they are and you can kick them out. Why do you let yourselves be silenced by those at the head table? Remind them that they are public servants, not tyrants!

Caught cookie-handed!

So you’ve been caught with your hand in the cookie jar?  It’s really humiliating for the crook to be found out and actually be called a crook. And it’s those types that get the angriest and the most vindictive when found out. Rather than ask forgiveness, seek reconciliation and change their ways (turn around), they retaliate. Same thing in the community: You call the crook a crook and he lashes out at everyone within reach. Low self-esteem is a very volatile condition and that’s what makes bullies, student bullies, street bullies, teacher bullies, cop bullies. But if the community were to have done its duty and if the community were to be a moral example and conduct its business ethically, Guess what!? Most of these uncomfortable situations could and would have been avoided.

Morality is a question of character; ethics is a question of what you do. If you are a liar or a cheat, that is immoral, it is a question of character: your character is who you are. Character doesn’t happen overnight, my friends, it starts as behavior that becomes habit that becomes character, the person. It is your character that governs what you do, when you do it, and why you do it. So, if your character that of a liar or a cheat, your ethics is that of lying and cheating. Your character is you; your ‘you’ doesn’t change unless you truly do something about it.

We can only hope that more Laszlo Polyaks, more Donna Pasquinis, more Ann Marie Vadneys, more Jerry Bogardis, more Pam Powells come forward and speak out like those citizen residents do on a consistent basis. Only then will this community be able to rid itself of the tyrany of the Jerry Delucas, the Gregory Darlingtons, the Donna Hommels, the McTigues, the Matt Millers, the Bartletts, the James Latters, the Josephine O’Connors. Only when the community spirited among you become the role models can you take back control of your lives, property, children; the fearful and anxious majority in this community must shake off the fear and anxiety and return to controlling your lives and your destinies.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am teaching here. I’m not calling for lynch mobs, for banning, exiling, or ostracizing anyone but what I am preaching is that some really tough love might be in order for you to forgive, not forget, and to reconcile or not to reconcile with those individuals who have blackened and darkened this community and kept you silent all these years. It’s time to call out the bullies and to discipline them; its time for fair play, justice and fairness. It’s time to put them outside the community and allow them back into the community only after their moral and ethical lesions have been cleansed and are no longer a threat of infection to the rest of us.

It’s time to teach–not just talk about–the lost values of honesty, integrity, charity, simplicity, respect, humility, and generosity, teach those values to the children you all claim to love and cherish; why then do you expose them to indoctrination, propaganda, and indecent role models? They’re your flesh and blood; you have to fill them with morality, good ethics, and love. Smiles covering fear and anxiety just won’t work; nor will convincing them that sacrifice is a bad thing. Teach them good judgment not simply judgment.

Do A Family Virtue Pick!

Listening and watching the videos of public meetings you hear trembling voices, high-pitched tension, you see downcast eyes, suspicious, defensive  body language. People these are not the signs of a happy hobbit community; these are signs you’d expect to see in a concentration camp! Look at yourselves!

When self-interest and self-preservation lock horns and complacency becomes the only coping strategy, there’s no compelling religious, spiritual, civic alternative–community evaporates and each one of you becomes an island with only the delusion of freedom in community.

We are going to give the RCS Central School District a bit of  a respite for the time being; we are going to give the community the opportunity to step up to the plate and to help itself, to file their complaints with the New York State Education Department, the Office of the Attorney General, and other authorities,  and give those authorities some time to show their colors and to do their jobs,  investigate, audit, discipline. There are fish to fry in the town hall and in the police department; we’ll busy ourselves with them in the next several weeks. Stay tuned!

The Editor

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Albany Police Rejects, Anti-Community Activity, Arrogance, Bill McFerran, Blogger, Board of Education Member, Brian Bailey, Building Community, Bully, Bully Cops, Bully Gang, Bully Teacher, Bullying, Bullyism, Cathy Deluca, Church of St Patrick Ravena, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Comment Troll, Community, Conspiracy, Corrupt Police, Corruption, Crooked Cop, David Bartlett, David M. Steiner, David Soares, Dayelin Roman, Deceit, DeLuca Public Affairs, Donna Leput Hommel, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Ethics and Morality, Ethics in Schools, Failing Schools, False Prophets, Father James Kane, Fr James Kane, Frustration, George Dardiani, Gerald Deluca, Greater Coeymans Ravena Area Community Business Group, Greed, Greedy Teachers, Greene County, Guns at School, Hakim Jones, Head in Sand, Histrionics, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Immorality, Innocent Bystander, Investigation, James Kane, James Latter, Jeff Stambaugh, Jerry Deluca, Josephine O'Connor, Lazlo Polyak, Liar, Lies, Main Street Small Business Coalition, Marlene McTigue, Matt Miller, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Misfits, Morality, MSSBC, New Baltimore, New York, News Herald, NYCLU, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSED Office of Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Pam Black, Parent Negligence, Parent Teachers Organization, Parents, Perp Patrol, Person of Interest, Perv Patrol, Pervert Teacher, Pieter B Coeymans Elementary School, Pieter B. Coeymanazis, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, Police Rejects, Police State, Police Thugs, Poll Misconduct, PTO, R J DEsposito, Rat Pack, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Athletic Association, RCS Board of Education, RCS Central School District, RCS Community, RCS School Board, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Sports Association, RCS Sportsman Association, RCS Teachers Association, Role Model, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Schizoid, Schizophrenic, School Security, Secret Police, Selkirk, Sick Teacher, Silence of the Press, Skunks, Smalbany, Small Town, Sports Association, Stifling Diversity, Stifling Freedom, Stop the Bullying, Student Abuse, Student Supervision, Students and Guns, Superintendent of Schools, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher Negligence, Teachers Association, Terrorism at Home, Times Union, Town Justice, Trauma at School, Trollettes, Vampire Teachers, Verbal Abuse, Village Justice, Voting Fraud, Voting Irregularities, Weapons at School, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

 

James Latter: Why Is He Still On the Board of Education?

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

In March ’12, A Gang of Coeymanazis Ganged Up on A Sitting Board of Education Member and Demanded His Resignation Because He Was Contesting His Tax Assessments and Because of His Political Leanings. He Was Libeled in the Times Useless, Too!

But nearer and dearer to all hearts, closer to home, we have Mr James Latter and citizen’s demand for his resignation and investigations into his involvement with the shadowy RCS Athletic Association.
Why haven’t they started the investigation?
Why hasn’t Latter resigned?!?!
Why’s Latter still on the RCS Board of Education?!?!

Residents Speak Out!

Citizens Demanded An Investigation.
Where is it?

How Quickly We Forget…Yet in November 2011, a Parent Stood Before the Board and Recited How James Latter, a Sitting RCS CSD Boardmember Had Flagrantly Violated Confidentiality by Distributing a Confidential Communication, Endangering the Parent’s Children. She also reported how James Latter verbally abused a special ed student in front of other students. Her Outrage Was Shared By Several Other Residents who Also Addressed the Board and the Superintendant, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, Demanding an Investigation and Latter’s Resignation. No Investigation. Latter’s Still There!

That’s not all! In that same November 1, 2012  RCS CSD Board of Education meeting, other residents took the podium to ask why the RCS Athletic Association could not substantiate its status as a non-profit organization, why the RCS Athletic Association has not filed the required IRS 990 Form disclosures, why the RCS Athletic  Association has been the subject of allegations of misuse of Association funds by Latter to support partisan political activities! Latter is the RCS Athletic Association treasurer and stepson of RCS Sportsman’s Association president, Jeff Stambaugh! Oh those connections! His wife is a teacher and so he’s also part of the notorious teacher’s clique on th RCS board of education!

It’s On the Public Record!

At the November 1, RCS CSD Board of Education meeting, Pam Powell (an RCS parent) states, while qualifying herself as not being related to any board member or any  individuals associated with any organization involved here:

“I am here to make the public aware of some recent activity regarding board member, Mr James Latter…I drafted an e-mail to the board members and to Ms Smith ONLY, and Within 29 minutes of sending the e-mail, I received an e-mail from Bob Doren, subsequently followed by an e-mail from Ron Reese, then from coach Ron Vanderzee…Mr Latter took it upon himself to forward my personal confidential e-mail to all coaches JV and Varsity football as well as to Mr Reese and Mr Bailey. Mr Latter added a title of “FYI.” Mr Latter broke the very same protocol he has consistently preached that others need to follow, and has quickly called for investigations of others he has accused of doing the same. Protocoll and Board of Education rules need to be followed. Mr Later, maybe you should start to practice what you preach!

The speaker continues:

“Because of your breach of protocol last Friday I received a text message from my son at 11:26 a.m. asking me, “What did you do now!” This was exactly 2 hours and 11 miniutes after I sent my first e-mail. How my child…became aware of that situation lies directly in your hands…Mr Latter, FYI is not a “concerned title” My conclusion: Hidden agenda? I asked Mr Latter to resign. He refused…Mr Latter said he had asked others about my children…My husband and I would like to know, Mr Latter, what gives you the right to ask questions about our children? You’re not their teacher, principal, coach or any other person in their school who would have anything to do with their education or sports.”

At a the last board of education meeting,

“It was stated that a certain board member told a special ed child to stop acting like a f—ing retard. I am here to state that that member is Mr Latter! My child is a witness to this event. I wonder if you’re going to deny it now. Will you, call my well-rounded and very respectful child a liar? As I should have asked last year, when it happened, I will not ask now but demand that you resign! As a board member you are to act as a whole and have no inherent powers this doesn’t change when certain organizations are involved [Editor’s Note: Latter is an officer, whether secretary or treasurer, it’s unclear, of the RCS Athletics Association, which should also be investigated! See below.] Again: Practice what you preach!

“In closing, I believe that an investigation should be in order here. The fact is Mr Latter forwarded a confidential e-mail which placed myself and my children at risk of being harassed and treated differently, not to mention speaking to a child on school property in such a manner and in front of other children, one of them being my own child. For the sake of the children and the parents, Mr Latter, one way or the other, you need not to be a board member any longer. I now implore the board to demand he resign.”

James Latter’s Policy

James Latter is still on the RCS CSD board of education. No investigation was done despite these serious concerns. Why is that? Another instance of the teachers’ special interests (latter’s wife is an RCS teacher!) being cultivated on the board. Demand an investigation and boot Latter off the Board; He’s corrupt!

Another speaker, Mr John Allen, took to the podium like a fish to water, very eloquently and very articulately:

“What disturbs me as a citizen and I’d like to know is when an individual contacts the board or the school…, that information should be held in confidence and investigated through appropriate channels; not communicated with the various people that are involved in the sporting events or the other activities until the board itself or the school administration has had an opportunity to investigate and to appropriately respond. I’m more concerned after learning that Mr Latter is associated with members of the auxiliary that supports the various sporting events when that auxiliary has used its not-for-profit funding to actually fund “public education campaigns” and I’m being generous here, during times of election which, as I understand is, under IRS not-for-profit law, is expressly prohibited for a not-for-profit charitable organization to actually use its not-for-profit funding to fund such activities in an election campaign. And to take out a full-page add and other things against certain board members or even supporting other members is contrary to public policy in terms of not-for-profit status. The fact that you’re directly associated, I undertand, relatives are involved in that [Editor’s Note: Latter’s stepfather, Mr Jeff Stambaugh is president of the RCS Sportsman Association.]

Mr Allen continues,

“As I’ve looked at the not-for-profit status I can’t find any registration with the Attorney General’s office, which is required for not-for-profit status for that organization, I can also find no 990s, the tax filings for the last couple of years for that organization which are also required by not-for-profit charter. So I would ask that the board investigate this sports organization. Let’s look and ensure that it’s operating legally, that it’s filled its appropriate 990 returns; those are publicly available online and if they’re not it means that they haven’t been recently filed, and that we look at information specifically about the use of those funds as related to school operations and particularly on board election election returns. I think that’s very disturbing. And so, in light of this new revelation where you’re sharing confidential emails, I think that members of the public have a right to expect that communications to the board are held in confidence until the board as a whole decides to act on them or until the administration takes appropriate action…but certainly children should not be put in jeopardy because of personal or other agendas. And so, like others here,  Mr Latter, I would call for your resignation. I find this totally inappropriate and highly questionable, given the other activities that I’ve outlined.”

It seeems the only confidentiality James Latter respects is the secrecy of the RCS Athletic Association’s finances!

Still no investigation of Latter or of the RCS Athletics Association and its secret operations and finances. When can we expect this investigation, Ms Superintendent Elizabeth Smith, RCS CSD Board of Education. James Latter & Co., so quick to demand resignations of others but when it comes to a teacher-connection, sweep it under the carpet, right? NO! We demand an investigation. NOW!

Ms Donna Pasquini, who we all know shoots straight from the hip with deadly accuracy:

 “I have nothing against the Sports Association..both of my children played sports and I enjoyed it. Honesty, integrity…whatever you want to put forward as standards for the board also includes all these clubs and all the extra activity that goes on in school, and honesty goes a long way. Let’s be honest, let’t tell the whole truth. that if there’s something wrong within, there’s something wrong within. Let’s fix it! And I’m hoping that this board will understand that any protocol that stands for you as board members stands for every one of you…for every organization in the school, every teacher, every principal in the school. Nobody is above the law!

We Agree, Mr Latter, Come Clean; What’s with the Finances and Your Involvement?

At that same meeting, Mary Partidge-Brown says: “This meeting has been kind of a rollercoaster…like so many of these meetings…rehashing the old business and the old frustrations coming up…and trying to get back to the business of education.”

Well, RCS CSD Board of Education, Ms Superintendent Elizabeth Smith: It’s now May 2012, a new school budget has been passed, but old business is still plaguing the RCS community. Where’s the investigation!!!!

Mr George Babcock, another voice of the community:

 “…Mr Latter, maybe now you won’t be so quick to ask for someone’s resignation without a full communication with all your boardmembers, as you ask for of fellow boardmembers. The Sports Association has no reason not to come forward and reveal their finances, if they are aboveboard…And Mr Vanderzee*, Shame on you! If something is unsafe, I shouldn’t be turned on because kids won’t have french fries, YOU! as a coach should know What if? [Editor’s Note: Mr Babcock is referring to the unsafe electrical conditions and fryolator operated in the  (see article:  Fryer-gate heats up: Latter, Traver call for investigation (Daily Mail, October 13, 2011) , and
Sports concession stand closed, igniting controversy (News Herald, September 29,2011) )

*Ed. Note: DumbAss Vanderzee previously took to podium to state that he saw nothing “Political” in the RCS Athletic Association’s flyers and ads reading “Support Your School Budget.” Get these illiterate senile DumbAsses out of the schools! Pleeeeeezzzzz!!!!

 DYes, Mr Babcock, you’re right. If the RCS Sports Association and with James Latter as their treasurer, can produce the defense that at least three residents demanded back in November, they’ll be “aboveboard.” But that’s unlikely.

AND THE TAKEAWAY MESSAGE IS…

But guess what? They can’t play fair because they’re just as corrupt as just about every other organization in Coeymans from the Coeymans Police Department right down to the RCS Athletics Association.

To answer Ms Partridge Brown’s question: the old business and frustrations keep appearing because they are never resolved!

And guess what, the word is: O’Connor (outgoing member), Traver (outgoing member), and others in the teachers association clique are now secretly trying to oust a sitting BoE memberthe teachers on the board lost their majority in the last election and the only way they can keep their majority is to try to get another member removed. Those rats never give it a rest!

Demand this investigation but first get Latter off the Board of Education! He’s a hypocrite and it looks like he’s involved in illegal operations in the RCS Athletic Association!

The next RCS CSD Board of Education Meeting is on May 22nd; Go there, demand James Latter’s resignation! Demand an investigation into the finances and operation of the RCS Athletic Association! Get corruption out of the schools!

The entire November 1, 2011 Board of Education meeting can be viewed at Nov 1/11 BoE. The Latter accusations were also covered in the local press. In the News Herald article (see  After accusing BOE president of protocol breach, Latter accused of the same (News Herald, November 10, 2011)) it seems many Board of Education members called for fact-finding, an investigation, but it seems the ball was dropped again! Of course those close to Latter were of the opinion that the board should get on with business as usual. That’s the problem, isn’t it?  Business as usual! That’s been the problem for decades in the RCS community!

At the next RCS Board of Education  Meeting on May 22nd STAND UP and:

CONTACT! RCS CSD Superintendant Elizabeth Smith at:

RCS CSD District Office
15 Mountain Rd.
Ravena, NY 12143
Phone: 518.756.5200
e-mail: ersmith@rcscsd.org

And the entire RCS CSD Board of Education at
e-mail: BoardMembers@rcscsd.org

and demand an investigation and a public report by the Board of Education and the Superintendant.

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Abuse, Adultery, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Amy Bartlett, Anti-Bullying Law, Atheist Teacher, Bill McFerran, Board of Education Member, Board of Regents, BOCES, Brian Bailey, Bully Teacher, Cathy Deluca, Cathy Long, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, Daily Mail, David Bartlett, David M. Steiner, Deceit, Donna Leput Hommel, Dumb Ass, Education Commissioner, Election Fraud, Elizabeth Smith, Emergency Procedures, Endangering a Minor, Failing Schools, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fraud, Gerald Deluca, Greed, Greene County, Gregory Darlington, Guns at School, Hakim Jones, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Incompetent School Principal, Innocent Bystander, Intimidation, Investigation, IRS 990 Tax Filing, James Latter, Jeff Stambaugh, Jerry Deluca, Josephine O'Connor, Marlene McTigue, Matt Miller, Melanie Lekocevic, Misfits, New Baltimore, New York, News Herald, Not-for-Profit, NYSED, NYSED Office of Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Pam Black, Parent Teachers Organization, Parents, Perp Patrol, Perv Patrol, Pieter B Coeymans Elementary School, Pieter B. Coeymanazis, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, PTO, R J DEsposito, Rat Pack, Rats, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Athletic Association, RCS Board of Education, RCS Community, RCS School Board, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Sports Association, RCS Sportsman Association, RCS Teachers Association, Rodney Krzykowski, Sarah Berchtold Engel, School Budget, School Health, School Security, School Sports, Security Procedures, Selkirk, Sick Teacher, Smalbany, Small Town, Snakes, Sports Association, Student Endangerment, Student Supervision, Students and Guns, Superintendent of Schools, Taxation, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher Negligence, Teacher on Student Bullying, Teachers Association, Trollettes, Vampire Teachers, Verbal Abuse, Voting Fraud, Voting Irregularities, Weapons at School