It certainly seems that way – it is clear that Al Letizio Jr. and Dennis Senibaldi don’t want ‘Grok friend Ken Eyring (the current Chair) re-elected to the Windham School Board. Those two, and their Good Ole’ Boys (regardless of gender) seemed to treat that Board as their own fiefdom. Once elected to the Board in 2014 because of just bad practices, Ken started to put internal controls onto their processes. They hate it and now like what we are seeing in DC, the “Deep State” is fighting back by trying to get him thrown off.
I know this situation well – having been on our SB2 Budget Committee in the past, we saw a lot of our hard work just ignored. In an SB2 budget, we had to review and budget on a line by line basis to finally come up with a bottom line overall number. However, once that is done, and dutifully voted on by the voters, the School Board could transfer any amount of money from one line to another – and they did so even though they knew that was NOT how the voters told them to spend it and on what. I call this “the middle finger syndrome” – my School Board transferred over $100K to give raises to employees last year AFTER the BudCom said no and the voters approved seconded that “No”
It seems that the previous Windham School Board was in the same mode: screw you, we’ll spend it the way we want. Until Ken got on the Board. For instance, let’s just take
- 2014: Budget total $45,133,742 – 827 transfers totalling $5,527,619 – 12.2%
- 2015: Budget total $46,278,622 – 463 transfers totalling $2,717,529 – 5.9%
Now, this may sound and look rather wonky and boring, but given the percentage of transfer totals to the overall budget, that is OUT OF CONTROL. While Ken is being accused to not doing the job financially, making both the Board and the actual Administration start hewing to the actual voted and approved on budget is a big deal.
In one year, decreasing the out of control transfers by half? Seriously – 12%? That’s spitting in the eye of the voters. Windham should put Ken back in. They should reject the two pawns that Al Letizio Jr. and Dennis Senibaldi want on the Board to return the good ole’ boys back to the good ole’ times.
You know, when the taxpayers got screwed.