Beyond comprehension

Published 11:07 pm Saturday, August 4, 2012

The recent Post article concerning possible State Open Meeting Act violations by the school board is interesting. Votes taken and decisions made without public scrutiny is why we have the law in the first place.

However, all the alleged violations and subsequent delayed ratifications paled in comparison with the real story in that article. In that write-up, VWSD superintendent Swinford stated that she was aware that telephone polling of board members is a violation of the Open Meeting Act. She said she not only knew it was a violation but she stated she would continue the practice. Deliberately doing something she has publicly professed to know was illegal and boasting she plans to keep doing it is beyond my comprehension, especially coming from someone who is in a leadership role.

It is even more troubling when that leadership role involves thousands of impressionable students and hundreds of employees. How would the superintendent react if one of her students or employees said to her, “I know I wasn’t supposed to cut class or cheat on that test, or I know I wasn’t supposed to sleep on my job, or call in sick when I wasn’t, but I’m going to keep doing it?”

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I believe someone would be suspended from school or losehis job. In my opinion, the VWSD needs to find a new superintendent. Dr. Swinford has lost her credibility.