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Former trustee claims Galt elementary school district violated Brown Act

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Tue Dec 13, 2011.

A former trustee says the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board violated the state's open meeting law last week by not allowing public comments, and a lawyer who specializes in First Amendment issues agrees.

Trustees held public interviews to fill Jennifer Collier's seat after she resigned last month, but board president John Gordon refused to allow a resident to address the board.

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10 comments:

  • Al Baldwin posted at 8:43 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Al Baldwin Posts: 3

    Pat, I;m sorry to see what yiu wrote, "So Al, the next time I see someone treating you as they did me...I will remain silent." . You have supprised me. I will defend "right" when I can and it does not matter who it is. I have done it in the past and will continue to do it. Pat yes you do a lot and for that I thank you.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 1:35 pm on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    The law is the law Al. I thought you knew better. The only growing up tha needs to be done is with some on the Board. Your comments once again show how hearsay can become fact. Nothing Mr Gordon said about me was true...just remarks made to bolster his position as to whom to vote for. It is sad for me to see that you are doing the same.

    So Al, the next time I see someone treating you as they did me...I will remain silent.

    Darrell is correct...the difference is that I go outside the box to find funding, grants, scholarships and methods with which to accomplish a goal...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:22 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Mr Baldwin... 90% of the budget is tied up in wage and benefits paid to staff and teachers. If the budget is the main problem as you state, I see two possible solutions.
    One, cuts wages and benefits...or two, lay off employees...
    Unfortunately, the leadership you described did little of either evidenced by your admission that the budget is still a major problem that the current leadership did not solve.. Seems to me that we have poor leadership.

    Finally, I submit that the budget is not the main item to work on. The quality of education our children get, the system that perpetuates failure do to no fault of the students or parents, is the problem.... the solution is to completely change the system so that teachers can better educate the student population with skills useful in today's economy.

    I do agreee that we should all grow up... which means the school board and teachers union should stop being so selfish and focus on the best interest of the students instead of themselves.

     
  • Al Baldwin posted at 9:51 pm on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Al Baldwin Posts: 3

    Lets all grow up and get on with finding ways to help our childern in school. The budget needs to be the number one problem we need to fix. The board has been working very hard to keep our teachers and staff working. We have good leadership
    and now lets get on with it. Enough of this, lets move foward!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Darrell: It does not matter whether Pat Maple's public post would have influenced the outcome or not...

    Hummm...how are you defining "does not matter" Daniel... as far as you talking about clarity of message... that's rich... very very rich... thank you for the holiday cheer.

    Pat... Its admirable that you decided to offer your time and perspective to the school board again... I think the school lost out.... not you.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 10:04 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    So Mr Bransom...you don't like being called names behind your back? Welllll...neither do I. Aside from that I am not challenging their decision...just the process and procedures. As for your profession of outrage, I would think a man of your stature would be just as outraged that the Board president did exactly what you are accusing me of...and then some. Knowing her parents I am sure Ms Malson will do a fine job...

    A couple of other question for you Mr Branson...have you ever said anything controversial? Have you never put yourself out there? Do you believe you are always right? I think you need to talk to the Boards I served and know the circumstances behind any decision made before you make judgements.

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 9:44 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Maybe the school board does not want to be called horrible names behind their backs. I, for one, can certainly understand their reluctance to entertain any comments from Mr. Maple.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1337

    Darrell: It does not matter whether Pat Maple's public post would have influenced the outcome or not.

    It is more important to uphold the due process of the law.

    Also, I see that your first paragraph is contradicted by the second, but they also don't seem to be related. Therefore, I think I read your post correctly.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:39 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1337

    Pat Maple. I think that's you.

    That was impressive.
    I am also impressed that you offered the board of trustees a remedy for the problem, which was to nullify the meeting and to do it again.

    thank you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:54 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I would be very interested in reading what public posts Pat Maple made that would influence his qualifications to be on this board. I hope this becomes public.

    Maybe it will show that John Gordan's concerns were unfounded. If so, maybe Mr Gordan is the one who should resign if he was just playing politics without having the best interests of the children at heart.

     
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