House Bill 1741
We all know that the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board wants to push the events of November 19, 2014 under the carpet and move on. But, apparently the PA General Assembly is also concerned about the events of that night as well.
“I don’t know that it would be beneficial to the district or the union,” said Brungo, whose firm represents several school districts. But state Rep. George Dunbar — a co-sponsor of the bill — cited the public outcry in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, where a recently re-elected school board member abruptly resigned during the same meeting in which his colleagues hired him for an unadvertised, newly created $120,000-per-year administrative job with a five-year contract.
House Bill 1741 which is displayed below and linked so you can get the most up to date version of it, adds the text that is directly related to the nights of November 19, 2013.
OR UPON ANY PROPOSED
EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR A PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR WHO IS NOT A MEMBER OF AN EMPLOYE ORGANIZATION
Maybe the position was needed and desired, we know that both Ms Diana Kazour and Mr Larry Pantuso stand behind their votes that night. Ms Kazour stated this on December 19th and Mr Pantuso on January 8h. The other board members still remain silent. I am glad that the state is taking an interest, maybe this Wednesday the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board will begin the process of taking responsibility and remove Bruce E. Dice as solicitor as mentioned by Ms Karen Brown during board comments.
Personally, my problem is NOT with who was given the job. My problem is how the job was created and appointed. Looking at the sequence of events, anyone that looks at it objectively can tell this was a prepared maneuver, in my opinion.
Why did Mr. Martin Schmotzer make motions to appoint the new board president, 1st vice president and a new board director (Patricia Nixon) BEFORE resigning?
Why did Ms Patricia A. Nixon abstain from two votes (claiming to be uninformed) and then vote yes for the creation of a new position and appointment to said position to the person who nominated her to her board seat?
Why did Mr Elliot Rambo make the very first vote of his political career a vote for a job of $120,000 and vote to appoint a board member who just resigned moments earlier?
Just the fact that Ms Nixon and Mr Rambo did not abstain from voting for a position creation as well as Mr Schmotzer’s appointment is alarming to myself and the district at large. Since there is no possible way they could have been privy to the information pertaining to the contract and job description how could they in good conscious being to vote discussion.
I think we deserve to know the answers to this questions, but alias we are not allowed to ask questions of board members….