Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Legal Counsel, Chair and Trustee Resign From School Board

The Garden Valley School Board Meeting held on Monday, June 6,  was a doozy. Many patrons walked from it, stunned by the behavior and attitudes they had witnessed.  

I am relieved to be able to offer for community perusal the resignations of honest people who have better things to do with their time than serve the current school board in any capacity.
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June 9, 2010

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

Madam Chair and Trustees
Attn: Board Clerk
Garden Valley School District
P.O. Box 710
Garden Valley, ID 83622

Re: Garden Valley School District

Dear Madam Chair and Trustees:

It is with some sadness that we must inform you that after more than 10 years of service to the Garden Valley School District we believe it is in the Board’s and this firm’s mutual best interest for us to resign as counsel for the Garden Valley School District.

The attorney/client relationship is a fiduciary relationship, meaning it is one based upon mutual trust and confidence. It is our belief that in the last six months this mutual trust and confidence has eroded to the point where the relationship is no longer a healthy one. This decision was prompted in a large party by Trustee Alan Ward’s most recent e-mail to other Board members asking “is the Board happy with their (legal) representation?” The very need to ask this question indicates a lack of trust and confidence and this firm will therefore resign as counsel so that the Board can move forward and retain new counsel.

By resigning, we will be better able to focus our time and energy on the clients with whom we enjoy a strong relationship, while correspondingly the Board can hire counsel which they believe will best promote the Board’s objectives.

Also, be advised that we will be withdrawing as counsel of record in the Keddy-Hector v Garden Valley School District, lawsuit.

We have enjoyed the opportunity to represent the Garden Valley School District and wish all of you the very best of success in the future.

Sincerely,

Bret A. Walther


BAW/pk
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June 13, 2011

I have come to the conclusion that this board has lost its focus and main objective: the children of Garden Valley School District. When I first joined the board, I was one of 3 board members who had children in our school district,  and who in my opinion had a vested interest in our school.

Alan Ward, Rob Hazen and Laurie Synder appear to have come with their own personal agenda. There is a vendetta to get rid of the current administration without any factual basis or without merit in any complaints. This is evident with the recent majority voting of this board.

This board has misused its authority and circumvented board policy and violated the Code of Ethics and Idaho Code (Open Meeting Law) for Board of Trustees.

The board and the district will undoubtedly incur further legal expenses due to the recent majority decisions. There is a double standard set by board members acting on their own and choosing to violate our policy.

It appears that the majority of our board members have ignored legal counsel, and thus the entire firm, Anderson, Julian, & Hull, legal counsel for Garden Valley School District, has withdrawn as our legal counsel.

I am not willing to continue serving on a board that believes the end justifies the means and is self serving. Again, this is not in the best interest of our children. Accordingly, I hereby tender my resignation from the Garden Valley School District, Board of Trustees, effective immediately.


Sincerely,

Terry Dee Elmore

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To: Garden Valley School District Board,  June 11, 2011
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I am convinced the board has recently taken a direction that is contrary to the oath of office I took at the onset of my appointment to the board.
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The board has disregarded the open meeting law (Idaho Code). I believe members of the board have engaged in activities far outside of the parameters and responsibility for school board members as identified by the Idaho Department of Education and the ISBA.
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In combination with the aforementioned actions, the board has also made numerous personnel errors and embarked on an ill-conceived and flawed administrative boondoggle. This administrative manipulation combined with previous errors will be expensive regardless of the outcome -- which is assuredly in question. The expense of litigation and decisions that are inherent to such administrative personnel actions will be borne by the school district.
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Such expenses can only result in additional cuts to school programs. I believe these personnel and administrative actions the board is in pursuance of will bring additional financial hardship to the district. This is detrimental to our school and students. At worst, it can initiate the school district’s financial failure.
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I cannot and will not be a part of or associated with the above such actions. I will not yield the oath I swore nor compromise my personal principles.
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Consider this letter as my resignation from the Garden Valley School Board District.
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Jeffrey E. Bass

Effective 1800 hours June 11, 2011

50 comments:

  1. Posted by Rich Smith

    Terry and Jeff’s resignation from the Garden Valley School Board is another sad chapter in the recent history of this board. Given the make-up of the new board, they had no say and little choice but to resign. I for one want to thank them for their unselfish, tireless and dedicated service TO THE CHILDREN of this valley.

    The continuous turnover of board members has risen from the sublime to the ridiculous, and one needs a scorecard to keep track of the list of current trustees. I don’t believe a single trustee has recently completed their elected or appointed term, so now the board mostly consists of unelected and untrained appointees who come to serve with a personal agenda. . Is anyone thinking of the children at all? None of the recent majority board actions have considered what is best for the children, which should drive every board decision. Litigation and lawyer fees continue to eat limited funds, money that should be spent on the children. I can still remember a time when board meetings did not require a lawyer or sheriff’s presence, but that memory is fading. And exactly how does the new board expect to buy out the present superintendent’s contract and pay the salary of an interim one? With another levy? How many teachers could be rehired and programs continued with those funds?

    I don’t know who is right and who is wrong regarding the various complaints aimed at the school administration, and frankly I couldn’t care less. However, I do care that in all this unrest justice has not been served, and neither have the children

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  2. It appears that the open meeting law violation was caused by the direct advice from the legal counsel who just resigned. To have a trustee then ask if the board is comfortable with counsel was not only prudent, but necessary to protect the district from being put further at risk.

    I find the board chair's letter both disingenuous and beyond self-serving not to mention a dramatic display of grandstanding. I don't believe the resignation came for any other reason than her own agenda was not being served.

    Mr. Bass' letter does outline some of the problems in the district - mounting legal fees and mistakes made by administration in the handling of personnel. It appears his main concern is the expense to the district which is commendable. The system has worked. There are five board members and the majority chose a course of action. Because that action did not align with Elmore or Bass's way of thinking, they resigned. It's really no more compicated than that.

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  3. Whitnessing the three remaining boad members is like watching "Dumb and Dumber" all over again. They don't have a clue. To the above, you call that grandstanding?? Give me a break, you and the "friends" have alot of nerve talking about grandstanding since that's all you have done from the beginning of this. Heck, those 3 remind me of the Demoncrat Congress that couldn't pass a budget and the "board" still did it wrong and illegal. One thing about it, the next few months will tell the tale of which administration is best for the kids of this valley. I have no confidence that Dumb and Dumber will assist in that manner and the legal costs will overwhelm our little district all because of personal vendettas and jealousness.

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  4. @10:41 -- I daresay that you really shouldn't put words or actions in other people's mouths unless you live with them or are them. I DO live with Mr. Jeff Bass, and your simplicity of "complication" is unfounded. Jeff accepted the appointed position with no agenda whatsoever. He knew none of the board members, or players involved. In fact, in what now seems a million years ago, he and I both were excited to present ideas on how to MAKE money for the school, before other issues came into play. Our plans for income and coordination with agencies that could generate those dollars were trampled on to make way for a constant flow of emergency special meetings. I cannot speak for Ms. Elmore, but Mr. Bass' way of thinking, as a U.S. citizen, and proud former Marine, is to uphold the constitution, and not break the law. If those ideas don't align with the majority, so be it. Linda Bass

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  5. I don't believe Jeff came in with any agenda but I also don't believe the majority broke the open meeting laws - remember Terry was there as well. It was under the advice of the district's own counsel that the violation occurred and was later rectified in open session. That was the remedy under the law. I understand why he would want to resign, just not two weeks before he would have left office anyway. It seemed to be coordinated with the board chair to be used in another public display which the entire community is tired of.

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  6. To 11:06AM - I remember when a couple of years ago, we had a new board. Previous board members bent over backward to offer advice to help new board members. They said "it is a new board, they don't know what to do". Well - now all we get is people running down good people that are trying to clean up the mess left to them by the previous board members. All the attorney expenses have already been incurred by them, NOT BY THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS. This new board will have to mop up their mess. Give them time.

    At last night's meeting, the tension in the room came down substantially after the Chair and her family left the room. People were so relieved that she resigned. Everyone already knew that Jeff Bass was going to resign; he made that statement a year ago at the Lowman meeting. As for the school's legal attorneys resigning; they were the ones that gave the new board the bad advice which was in violation of the Code of Ethics and Idaho Code (open meeting laws). Yes - the school's law firm gave bad advice! I say it is good that they left.

    As for attorney expenses spent - this was all money spend by the old board - NOT THE NEW ONE!

    It is the new board that will cut costs. When you are honest and have the school and kids best
    interest at heart, and not a self-serving power hungry agenda, real progress can be made.

    And 11:06 AM - watch the name calling - it shows YOUR ignorance.

    I am proud and pleased with the efforts of our new board. We will now see progress.

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  7. Rich - please explain why "they had little or no choice but to resign". Does that also mean that Pete Weir and Rosemary Koenig also had no choice but to resign due to the makeup of THAT board at the time?

    How does anyone know that the contract will have to be bought out? Wouldn't that option only be used if there were no cause for dismissal? From my understanding, there will be a hearing to determine just that. If there is cause and the Super sues anyway, then perhaps you can send him a letter admonishing his wasting of the tax payer's money as well.

    Fear of a lawsuit should not be the reason to keep any employee if they should be dismissed for cause. The process will move forward and those questions will be answered. I doubt if you or I know enough to make a certain determination.

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  8. Thank you Jeff and Terry I know you did your best. Liz

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  9. Thanks Liz, Rich and Linda for signing your name like was asked at the beginning of the comment section. So glad some of the people in this valley can read and follow instructions.

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  10. Thank you Jeff and Terry for your hard work and countless hours towards resolving the many challenges at GVSD. Rick

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  11. Thank you Terry & Jeff for your service. You had the best interests of the district at heart. Elizabeth

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  12. Thanks to Terry & Jeff for all the hard work. I was at the meeting the other night, and I hardly saw relief in the room as the board chair and her family left! I would say I saw gloating, smiles, a patron run out with the phone to call Good Ol' Channel 7 to give them the "good word". What I saw was a group that has beat down this board and the administration until they finally threw in the towel. And you want to be proud of that? Hang your heads in shame! And sadly, most of you call yourselves Christians! Hardly the example I want to be, or have my kids follow!

    I hope the Super comes back with guns blazing and is able to sue all three of the board members who signed his stupid letter! He has every right too, and as a tax payer I say bring it on. Justice must be served, even if the school closes! you can not do this to a person's life, and their reputation. This board better be thinking about what they are doing, before they let anyone go, make changes to the budget, anything...or they will run this school into the ground. Watching that board meeting the other night was horrible! They had no idea what they were doing, had to keep asking the former clerk (whom by the way the previous meeting they didn't want in executive session because they couldn't "trust" her, but now looking to her for advice????)...if they needed to make a motion, or what they needed to do to run the meeting. You have 3 people on your board, who the 3 of them together don't have much experience, a brand new clerk, a school that has no current administration, teachers with no contracts and it's the middle of June, and you think this is all OK?

    Keep in mind that Charles Manson's lawyer never quit on him, even thought he KNEW he wouldn't win. Lawyers don't just "quit"...they love the money. If you were at the previous meetings, you would see that the lawyer would advise them what to do, they wouldn't do it. He'd advise them not to do something, they'd do it. They did opposite of whatever he said. Why would they continue to support us? And by the way...how does ANYONE besides the 4 board members that were in the room that night, know what the lawyer told them to do about putting the super on leave? That's executive meeting information that should not be talked about. Maybe Mr. Goetsch needs to tell the rules of open meeting violations again? Maybe this time the people should listen instead of being so rude!

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  13. To June 14, 11:49 LOL!!! Liz

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  14. Angel, I appreciate this blog so much, I can't even begin to tell you, and I understand that you wish people would sign their names to their post. However, with the way things are in this valley, and the way retaliation is around town, there is no way I can sign my name! I hope that you will continue to let us voice our opinions & concerns, and still keep our names private. It it obvious what happens to you if you sign your name to things! Sad but true!

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  15. To no name June 14 12:47:

    Yes. I think all the trustees who have resigned have done so because as a minority they could no longer be effective. Would you invest time and energy to remain on a board for no pay where your every motiion is overridden? I certaiinly wouldn't.

    Since the cause for board action in executive session is protected, we do not know what aleged transgression was cause for placing Dr. Tomlin on leave or if it rises to the level of a breach of contract. What we do know is that the superintendent is on paid administrative leave and until a hearing is conducted and judgment rendered, the district will pay two superintendents. Should Dr. Tomlin be exonerated, then the board will have to buy out his contract. And how many teachers and programs could be reinstated with this money?

    Rich

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  16. Rich...they will have to buy out his contract AND anything else he wants. I believe he could have all 3 of the board members that signed the letter removed from the board, because obviously it is a retaliation thing. THEN he could sue all 3 of them individually for a multitude of things...embarrassment, ruining his name in the state of Idaho with IW stories, Channel 7 coverage. It will get very messy I'm sure. Just think think he'll come back or get paid his 2 years is just scratching the surface. As a mom that has small children in the school, I would hate to see that happen, but the better part of me says "go get 'em"...because you deserve it after what they have done to you!

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  17. Rich and 11:10,

    Probably not anything else he wants, but the intentional announcement by trustees to staff of executive session information ended the deal for the board - which means the district. That "leak" hit the news and Tomlin now has "damages." Unless he is found guilty of whatever they put him on leave for - he wins, and gets extras. If he is found "guilty" he still likely has damages for the intentional leak.

    Some of us suspect he will not want a 2-year buyout, but more likely his job back, and damages. He is that stubborn.

    So one scenario is Tomlin reinstated, untouchable, with your money in his pocket.

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  19. 12:39...wrong-o! They have done wrong to HIM, and now he needs to defend himself, as any sane person would! You can't tell me if this happened to you that you wouldn't do the same! This board has all the sudden got this cowboy & Indian thinking going on, and it needs to end. Get back to following rules, laws and managing the money. All the money that has been spent on legal fees is because of the careless ways the new board members are acting. In a "normal" school board..they listen to whatever the super says, knowing that HE knows the laws much better than they do as lay people. No, not our board...they questioned it all, the pointed fingers. If you remember correctly, THE COMMUNITY is the ones who originally asked for legal council to begin to make sure everything was done to code. Now you have the firm dropping us, because as I watched myself at the previous meetings, the board chose not to listen to the council. Why have them there if you aren't going to listen? talk about setting yourself up for a suit...this is the perfect way. I hope there are folks in the audience at future meetings keeping track of all the things the new board does wrong. I guess I need to warm up the old video machine so that we have it all on tape.

    IMO....go get 'em Tomlin...make them pay for what they have done to you. Then get back in that office and run the school the way you know how! And hopefully...just hopefully along the way people get sued, people lose their jobs to pay for what they have done to you!

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  20. I know there was a post regarding this earlier, but I'm not sure how I understand what happened. They had a budget meeting, went into executive session and decided to illegally put the super on leave. Came out of the meeting and said nothing to the public...but I read on Channel 7's website that very next morning that he was put on leave. How did that get out to Channel 7 before it was even released to the GV community? I almost think I saw it was our beloved GV IW reporter that was quoted in the story. Either her or the pastor's wife...I saw her name on the "skuttle" story. How are these ladies getting information out of executive meetings before it's even released? Some board member is talking...we need to find out who!

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  22. It was the board's legal counsel who caused the violation of open meeting law. The attorney admitted that in open session - so go ahead and warm up the video camera because that's what happened. That is one big mistake but who knows how many more there were that the public doesn't know about. To then question counsel's effectiveness is the right thing to do. Attorneys are not perfect and they need to be held to quality standards just like everyone else. This was a huge mistake on their part.

    And 12:57 - there would be no need for a board if they just listened to and did everything the super said as you state happens in "normal" schools. I think if you'll actually do some research you will find that is not the case.

    The community did not ask for legal counsel - that came from the board after several missteps from the then board and particularly the board chair.

    Right now, the best thing the community can do is to just let the process work. Mr. Tomlin is allowed due process. If there is no cause for these actions, then he will be reinstated. If he is reinstated and then sues the district, I would be surprised. If he is on paid leave and gets his job back he has not been financially harmed and his only reason for suing would be to hurt the district and the children he has sworn he has ultimate concern for. That would be sad on many levels.

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  23. 1:42 - That one gets my vote!

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  24. Annon 1:59..I did not say there would be no need for a board...I said the board would not need legal council if they would just listen to what the super says, who is trained in the laws of school. I have talked to several different schools and they are blown away by the fact that our board does not listen to the administration. They said that is unheard of, and should be dealt with. Board people are just normal every day folks who volunteer to come to a meeting once a month for about an hour and listen to what the administration wants to do (in a normal school mind you). Not our school. Nope, we have people who think they know it all and try to run the school themselves. I hope the whole dang board gets let go and we can try to find some normal people to run it. Get back to the way it used to be. Hour long board meetings once a month...super does all the talking. I remember going to meeting when we first moved her. Koshuta did ALL the talking..ran the whole meeting. The board just sat and listened to what he had to say, gave him some thoughts & opinions, and it all worked out well. Lets get back to that time.

    I think if (when) the super gets his job back, I don't know that he'll sue the DISTRICT, after all, he got his job back, but I sure hope he sues the 3 board members! Someone has to pay for what was done. He just can't be put on leave, find innocent and come back without someone paying a price for the embarrassment.

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  25. 1:42...are you smoking crack? I don't believe the super even KNEW about it until the next day, how could he have leaked what he didn't know? The answer is simple....someone, and it's not rocket science here, leaked the info to the famous IW reporter who then leaked it to her buddy SE on Channel 7. Pretty easy to figure out!

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  26. This is quickly becoming like the women's argument blog. Tammy needs to get something new up and quick.

    Don't start rumors about what you know nothing about - two trustees went to the school the next day and told people Tomlin was on leave, and told staff how to respond to questions. That's what empolyees told me. No secret about the leak - it was trustees Slick and Hick.

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  27. Good that we have solved who spoke openly about what happened in executive session (Slick and Hick). Now we need to solve the vandalism mystery and just why did 3 board members not want the Sheriff involved??

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  28. No ID, no comment. Libel and you're out.

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  29. So Angel, it's not libel to call someone Hick and Slick? You mean, "Don't agree with me, and your out!" Lots of Tomlin supporters on here with no ID, you should at least delete them to to keep up the appearance of impartiality.

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  30. Angel - Thanks for providing this forum for us GV folks to express our thoughts; openly, unless we step over the line. And contrary to anon 4:25's comments, this is your blog site and you are the rightful judge of what's acceptable.

    LGO

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  31. There is no question of impartiality. I clearly support Mike Tomlin and his administration. I always have. He is a good man, a friend, a smart and financially capable superintendent who has been denigrated,unjustly smeared by Kathleen Wilson and the IW; the Fiends of the Garden Valley School District and their disciples; Channel 7 KTVB and Scott Evans; and people in the community who do not know him but believe the lies because it suits their agenda or they know not what they do or they simply do not want to find the truth and repeat lies.

    Mike has been smeared beyond what anyone should have to deal with. If this had happened to you, how on earth could you ever bear it? He has.

    I have seen enough of the people who have hurt Mike and Terry and me and Elizabeth and Janelle to know they are wicked, vicious, corrupt, and yes, self-serving to a degree that has become dangerous. How has any of this helped your children? What did it ever have to do with your children?

    If you don't like the fact that I support Mike Tomlin, get off my blog. You have your ugly blogs to spew your poison. This blog is about letting the public know the truth about Mike Tomlin, Superintendent of Garden Valley Schools. This blog is about healing the pain Mike and the rest of us (including parents, kids, teachers and community members who suffer emotionally and psychologically from seeing this happen in our city) have had to endure.

    This blog is about truth and discussion to understand and reach that truth and give a balance to the lies of the county newspaper, blogs, current school board, some teachers and parents. This is also a news blog, in case you haven't noticed. One that supports Garden Valley and the school, like the IW does not. If you want lies, go there. If you want lies, watch TV; if you want lies, talk to the fiends, the current school board and the people who support them. Don't come here.

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  32. Angel, Kathleen Wilson has NEVER written anything or said anything about you and I do not believe you should about her either. Kathleen has only written facts in the IW. She is not partial and has only written the truth. I think you should go back and read the articles. You are obviously confused. You are the one that is smearing Kathleen.

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  33. 8:12 PM:

    YOU are obviously confused. You need to go back and read Angel's comment again. She didn't say that KW had written about her. She said that KW had written about Dr. Tomlin, using lies and innuendo as facts.

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  34. Angel 7:22

    Thank you for your comments/support of Mike and others in the administration -- I totally agree and support you in your statements. Mike and Sue are also friends of mine, and they have definitely been brutalized by this community. The worst thing that could happen to this community is that they leave. God forbid that the evil in the community get what they want.

    Hang in there girl!

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  35. So let me understand. The board meeting happened Monday night and you have the exact resignation letters and the letter from the attorney posted here on Tuesday? The attorney's letter is addressed to the board. So how did you get it? You couldn't have had time to submit a public records request. It must have been a leak from one of the people who resigned. You are just keeping the pot stirred up and clearly trying to bias the community.

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  36. You go Angel...and like she said, if you don't like the comments of the Tomlin supporters, get off this blog and go back to your evil blog where only the other side gets their comments posted. Angel post all comments here...the other one does not. If that's what you like.....c'ya!

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  37. Posted by Rich Smith

    I have to laugh when reading about the complaints of "leaks", especially the one from an illegal executive meeting. Some folks seem to be more worried about leaks than potential crimes. The executive meeting violated open meeting law, so any action taken in that board meeting, including the vote for paid administrative leave and subsequent letter to Dr. Tomlin, was void and illegal. A complaint about the violation of the open meeting law has been filed with the Boise County prosecuting attorney. Members of the board who knowingly participated in this illegal meeting could be fined. It was proper for Dr. Tomlin to ignore the letter sent from some board members that he had been placed on paid administrative leave and the demand to return his keys. Then because the keys were not returned, superglue was inserted into the superintendent's office locks. Isn't vandalism a crime and why have those who admitted to this juvenile act not been charged?

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  38. Really Rich? Who filed the complaint? You? Do you know what the penalty for the violation is? And as has been stated and admitted to by the boards attorney - the board was ADVISED by the attorney on the procedure. I hardly think that rises to the level of knowingly violating the law. If the violation was comitted and not remedied (as the board did) then possibly the complaint would have a leg to stand in. As it stands now, it just doesn't. So go ahead and waste more taxpayer money by filing a complaint with the prosecuting attorney.

    RRG

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  39. "So let me understand"...The current board members can collude to gain control of the board and the school, the IW (guess who--don't have to go far, just read the article)can call Channel 7 after the (private) executive session and divulge Tomlin's illegal leave (hmm, where did she get that info?)but a news blog can't get public information legally from those involved without "stirring the pot"...

    **Correction, Rich. Tomlin was not given the time to return his keys, before the office was broken into. He did not ignore the illegal letter.

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  40. The complaint was not filed by Rich. Get your facts straight. The person who filed the complaint stood up at the board meeting and TOLD them that he did, and that they had 14 days to address it, or the fines would take place. They have no legal council...remember....the legal council for the school FOR 10 YEARS dropped this crazy place! Now what will they do? Maybe when they each have to pay the 500.00, they will at least stop for a minute and think about things before they act so foolishly!

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  41. It's $50 not $500. Send the bill to the attorney.

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  42. And by the way, it WAS addressed in a special meeting. Which is what is required.

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  43. It's a minimum 50.00, up to 500.00. And it has to be publicly printed in the paper (good luck trying to get the IW to write THAT story)...saying in full that they did wrong and admit they broke the law.

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  44. June 16, 2011 8:46 AM:

    The letters were read into the minutes of the board meeting, therefore they were immediately public. No records request was required.

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  45. Wah-wah! The other evil blog decided it doesn't want to play with us anymore...closed their blog and now you have to be "invited". Kinda takes the fun out of it...don't you think? As long as they stay off this one, then that's fair!

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  46. 9:39 - Ya that one is evil and this one is all sunshine and light. Get a life. You must "visit" the other blog regularly or you wouldn't know if it's up or down.

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  47. 4:59...back at 'cha. You must visit this one often too. I DO go on the other one, or should I say did, until it became a "member's only" club. I love a good argument, and will fight for my beliefs! I think it's silly to have a blog with only one side of a conversation, but whatever, enjoy it! It's nice to have a break, and not get my blood pressure boiling when I read the nonsense things that are wrote over there!

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  48. I could say the same thing about this blog - being one-sided, that is. So what's the difference? You support this blog's point of view and not the other. So what? You call the other blog evil and I call the articles written about school controversies on this blog evil. Again, so what?

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  49. An article describing yet another Board meeting...From KTVB ..."There were two or three folks there who have been Tomlin supporters, but the majority, well the rest of the folks were people who were at least neutral if not concerned about Tomlin continuing as a superintendent," Al Marion said.

    "At least neutral" .. you're neutral Al !? Shirleane Abbott, "neutral" ? Bob Powell "neutral"? John Haworth "neutral" ? Hey and the "if not concerned" must have been Dave Gardner ! What a slanted view ! And how about you Al? A real big advocate for educating our kids ? NOT!

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  50. Great job on your interview Al. I appreciate your calm mannerism - unlike one of the regular attendees who makes wierd hand gestures to the board members and basically behave badly.

    I know you're an advocate for education - thank you.

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