Timberlane Superintendent Metzler: your “free speech” must have my prior approval before I will allow you to freely speak

The Earl of MetzlerSeems like the Earl of Metzler is coming up against “the rabble” (normally called students and people paying his salary) more and more.  So he has arbitrarily decided to become like those college campuses that haven’t the foggiest idea of what the First Amendment Free Speech clause is all about.  Instead – he “deigns” to decide who can speak, where they can speak, where they can speak, and when they disagree with him, not to speak at all.  Free Speech?  Ah, outmoded like the Second Amendment! After all, “safety” is the bugaboo of tyrants and totalitarians (and those that threaten Power) everywhere (reformatted, emphasis mine):

The superintendent of the Timberlane Regional School District is defending his decision to have a small group of student demonstrators removed from school grounds during a peaceful protest over possible staffing cuts Wednesday night. Approximately 15 to 20 students and adults with signs of support gathered outside the school administrative offices at 30 Greenough Road around 6:30 p.m., but police ordered them to leave the property and move their vehicles out of the parking lot. The demonstration was held amid uncertainty over whether dozens of teachers and other staff members will get pink slips because of a budget shortfall. Plaistow resident Kathy Slade — one of the adults who participated in the protest — said they had to park elsewhere because they were told they were not allowed to park on school property, including at the high school next door even though it was after hours. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was disappointed,” she said.

Metzler said the reason why he didn’t allow the demonstrators on school property was because the group had not communicated with him directly before the event to explain exactly what was planned and how many people would be participating. Metzler said if the organizers “took the responsible precautions and notified us, we certainly would have assisted,” he said. Metzler said it all came down to the safety of students and protecting school buildings and property.

How DARE they violate his Royalness, his Royal Washington Monument Syndrome tactic, and his Royal Property –  it’s not the taxpayers, it’s HIS to do as his wont. “Safety” – the last resort of CYA scoundrels everywhere. Really, he hates the idea of dissent of his Royal decrees, this Earl of Metzler.  He really does believe that not only students but adults need Government School Nannies as well:

He said neither he nor anyone else from the administration planned to be at the office during the demonstration and he was concerned about what could happen if a large group gathered and there were problems. “We had no idea of the magnitude,” he said. Metzler contacted Police Chief Kathleen Jones earlier in the day to discuss the issue and explained in an email to her that while he “respects the value of citizen voice and the right to demonstrate, he directs the demonstration not be permitted on school district property.”

No, he doesn’t respect them at all.  Just a smooth talker, this one – wrap that iron fist into that ever so soft velvet glove.  So instead of just giving the police a heads up about this and letting them do THEIR job, he kiboshed it all.

Metzler also stated that while he felt the demonstration would be “civil and peaceful,” he was still obligated to “ensure all district properties are safeguarded from any threat of disruption or damage.” After they were ordered off the property, the group ended up standing along the side of the road with their signs. Slade said she felt that moving them to the road created more of a safety hazard. “We were only allowed to stand basically on the shoulder of the road. If he was worried about safety, why put us on the side of the road?” she said.

And a local taxpayer is now seeing the effect when a hired hand, a bureaucrat employee, decides that he is the boss instead of knowing his place as an employee:

Stefanie Dube, a Danville resident who recently resigned from the Timberlane Regional School Board, also joined the protest and expressed her disappointment that they weren’t allowed on school property.

“I personally think it’s asinine to ask students who were demonstrating peacefully to park off-site and relocate off premises. We pay taxes, this is school property, paid for by those taxes and this was nothing more than the superintendent trying to manage the message. The kids stood out there for almost an hour in the cold and they should be very proud of themselves, as we in the community are proud of how they are standing up for their teachers,” Dube said.

Oh, but wait!

Metzler did praise the students for their support, saying, “I think it’s absolutely awesome that the students are going to bat for their teachers.”

The school district has a student protest policy, but it only addresses demonstrations that occur during school hours. Metzler pointed to another policy that gives the administration the authority to ask any visitors who show up without permission to leave school grounds, even when school isn’t in session.

As an employee, he and his sycophantic School Board are forgetting who the real landowners are. I hope Stefanie Dube runs for School Board.  And gets some of her friends as well.

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And Earl Metzler can’t do math either – or is assuming that the adults in the Timberlane School District have all graduated with Common Core math backgrounds (so anything makes sense):

Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler has said that more than 50 staff positions could be cut after voters defeated the proposed $72.8 million school budget for next year. The defeat forces the district to operate with a default budget of $71.9 million.

So, in my ancient math class pedagogy, I learned that subtracting 71.9M from 72.8M leaves one with….wait…I’ll get it….soon….working on….  Ah, a difference of $900K  or a 1.2% decrease. That’s hardly even a rounding error.  But wait, what’s Metzler’s numbers?

Metzler has described the default budget as “significantly underfunded,” which means the district is short $700,000 for special education, $500,000 for transportation and $350,000 for food service.

So, let’s unpack that, shall we?  $700K + $500K + $350K; wow, that add up to….more than $900K, doesn’t it?  In fact, it adds up to $1.55 million.  I’m shaking my head here as I only got through multi-variate calculus in college – who’s right, me or him on this basic math?  And I guess I’m really bad.

If he’s ready to cut 50 positions, that means at a shortfall of $900K, that’s a fully burdened cost of $18,000 per person.  What the heck?  A mid-range teacher is generally making $40-50K and that’s without benefits calculated in – add another $30-$50K all in.  Sure, paraprofessionals and some support people make less so that hits that number.  Even if you take his bogus number of $1.5M, that a fully burdened cost of only $30K – salary + benefits.

Go ahead, ask the Earl of Metzler more questions about the healthcare costs: singles, family, and that nasty “We’ll pay you most of the cost of a plan as long as you don’t take the plan” that many municipalities / districts have in place.  Singles can run $15K, families $20K plus.  And often, part timers (at least in my district) can have the full health plan – we pay more for their insurance than we pay them in wages.

I’m not going to say he’s outright lying, but he certainly sounds like the snake-oil “doctor” of yore.

But that’s the governance you get when you don’t go after the details…

(H/T: Union Leader)

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