School board transparency?

| Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

Congratulations to the voters who placed the new Armstrong School District Board of Directors in place. These directors were elected without stating a plan, and it looks like they still don't want us to know what their plans are.

The previous board majority (Stitt, Solak, Smeltzer, Monroe, Yassem and Kozuch) assured that all school board and committee meetings were both audiotaped and televised live so all taxpayers were made aware of school district actions. They had nothing to hide.

The new school board majority (Close, Choncek, Rearic, Lobby, Lhote, Robb and Berdell) don't want us to see what they're doing. In power since December, they have already done the following:

Changed board meeting dates to make it impossible for meetings to be videotaped live for TV. Changed their attorney in their first voting meeting with no public discussion.

While they chastised the other board for hiring a Pittsburgh attorney, the new attorney's office is in a building across the parking lot from the attorney the former board majority hired. The other board hired an attorney at no additional cost to the district. How much does the new board's choice cost the taxpayer?

The board conducted a building and grounds meeting with Kimball Associates on Jan. 16. Did you know they heavily discussed a new high school• Mr. Rearic even questioned about students from Ford City and Kittanning high schools fitting into Lenape Technical School until the new school is built. They can do this now that Lenape Technical is a half-day program for all courses next school year.

Of course you don't know that. There is no recording of that meeting due to "technical difficulty" on behalf of the Armstrong School District.

Transparency is gone from the Armstrong School District, thanks to the newly elected board of directors. Taxpayers beware!

Jane Anderson


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