Enough is enough. Let's take a hard look at board member Smith and her agenda. What does she want?
According to the newspapers, the audio files of board meetings, and the email recently blasted to OFK members, Smith is a real troublemaker. As proof, consider this: Smith wants to see the actual expenditures made by the district. Can you even imagine? What nerve.
Think about this OFK folks: A sitting board member, and member of the board's Finance and Audit Committee, wants to see how the district spent your tax money. That's it.
Yet, to the rest of the board, this request is a burden for the treasurer and her department -- yes, she has a department.
Now this is 2008, so the Smith request does not mean employees thumbing through filing cabinets and paper folders, looking for receipts, etc., to be followed by days running the copy machine.
No, this is the computer age. The info that Smith wants is likely three or four mouse clicks away. Yet the other board members see this as an unreasonable request. Really?
A six month cat-and-mouse game just to stop a board member from reviewing expenses. Hmmm.
OFK folks, email Feasel and ask her: "What is the district hiding? Why can't Smith have her expense report?"
Smith's other issue is also a non issue. From what I gather, Smith wanted the board to discuss (inter alia) replacing a few art classes with a few new technology classes. This was to be just a discussion. Yet ...
This simple request rattled the district. The union flexed its muscle while Hooie read the ultimatum:
Board, You must play by our rules. No independent thinking allowed.
The district employees showed their teeth and the rest of the board rolled over in submission.
Folks, that's it. That is the Smith agenda. Seems reasonable and sensible. Yet the board, administration, and employees are afraid. Do they have something to hide?
note: OFK folks, while you're at it, ask Feasel about an assistant treasurer collecting two salaries over the summer. That's just a hint, let Feasel fill you in on the rest.