Public information: It amazes us how many school boards — and their solicitors — know next to nothing about public information. The most recent case in point is the New Kensington-Arnold board, which fired a teacher who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Pennsylvania's Right to Know law clearly states this information is public, yet the district refused to release Joseph Melnick's name until the VND filed a formal request, wasting taxpayer money while reviewing it. Now, the board may have to vote publicly on the firing again because it was done incorrectly in May.
A home run: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knocked it out of the park in his remarks to Franklin Regional parents and seniors at last week's baccalaureate service, commending all for their response to a student's stabbing spree at the school in April. His message was clear and straightforward: “It was you being strong, it was your kids being strong. It's going to make a difference in everything you do for the rest of your life.” Hear! Hear!
Poor form: When the Pittsburgh Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero a few weeks ago, they gave the clear impression that it would be up to a new GM to determine the fate of Head Coach Dan Bylsma. Well, Mr. Bylsma was fired last week by new GM Jim Rutherford after Bylsma twisted in the wind for three weeks. And it's more than suggested from Mr. Rutherford's statements that “his” decision was a fait accompli. Why play such a game?
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