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There is a growing group of Citizens that feel that there are some bad decisions being made and some that have been made at our District. One of those BAD decisions was to hire Dr. Cullen. I want to keep this as short as possible but please read all of it if you have time and please please please come to the school board meeting, bring your friends and neighbors. This meeting will be very important to our district; because of the financial effects. This month’s School Board agenda that is being presented on Thursday is full of actions items that will lead this district to a deficit of some $400,000 (plus). After everyone that reviews or comment on school budgets state that Districts must maintain a healthy reserve, because the amount of funding is predicted to be less. District 22, just continues to spend. Here are just a few issues that will be addressed this week.
1) Hiring a new Curriculum Director, WHY. District 22 has less than 1000 students, making up three small schools and we need two Curriculum Directors. Again WHY. The interviews are still going on for this position yet Dr. Cullen seems to have already made the recommendation for this position, Dave Finley. Now Dave Finley and Dr. Cullen go way back, they worked together at Hugo for quite a few years and attended the same college. Mr Finley, also worked at a school in Littleton, a number of citizens have made calls, in the past few days. It seems as though Mr Finley left early, as the school put it “they decided to part ways”. It appears that Dr. Cullen maybe offering him, $80,000 a year. Are we really serious about educating our Ellicott’s Kids? We could hire two teachers for that, which we desperately need. Again I have looked through the Board minutes and cannot find any discussion and approval.
2) Just how long has the Elementary Principle and Vice Principle been in their positions? Yet; it appears that both received raises in June of this past year, 2012 ($14,000 and $4,000, respectively). And now it appears that Dr. Cullen is asking for another raise for each. Rumored to be $5,000 each. Again I cannot find any approval by the Board for the first raise. These raises are for two people that have been here less than a year yet we have teachers that have been on a hiring freeze for several years. In my efforts to confirm these raises all I hear from those that are in positions to know is, ” he is never here”. Has the District or School Board determined that we are so much better than a few months ago? You award individuals that are improving things or we!
3) Renewing Dr. Cullen for another year, we should ask the School Board to say NO. I think Dr. Cullen should resign.
I have pointed out the top three agenda items that will have a negative cost impact on the district but seriously all of them will cost our district; it is just a matter of how much. The best thing that you can do for this district is to come out tomorrow night. Not to talk but show your support in numbers. Remember there is strength in numbers. Together we can stop the Bullying!
From a VERY Concerned Taxpayer and Parent
As the Chef, I cannot confirm the above post. But I too are concerned with the uncontrolled spending of our Superintendent and School Board. There is no concern for the future. As I have discussed with other elected officials, there needs to be a change to the liability law so Officials could be sued by those they represent. There are five members to our District’s Board we must hold them accountable, today and tomorrow. I feel that all the Board Members failed the community when they didn’t visit past employers, discuss with past schools and employees/co-workers. No one visited or called Hugo’s District. I have never hire a person in a critical position without one-on-one contact with employers and co-workers, that what leaders do. Maybe it is time for another to announce. Please read also yesterdays post.
Integrity in Leadership
P.S. The Ear voiced some concerns that I posted a comment from an anonymous commentor. Mr Ear the poster is anonymous to you not to me. In fact we spent a couple of hours discussing the posting even before it was written. Mr Ear maybe you should be concerned.