Dr. Wardynski and every one of the current board members are, evidently, terrified of actually answering questions from the public.
At the “Community Conversations” scheduled to supposedly allow the community to converse with the superintendent and the board of education about their “plan” for redistricting Huntsville, the community is, once again, not allowed to ask questions about the plan.
Here’s the message given to members of the community who bothered to show up to the Lee High meeting this afternoon at 5:00pm.
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. In order to have a question answered, you have to write it on a card so that the district can review your question and then answer the questions that they want, in their own way and time. And like the writing of questions on cards at school board work sessions, they will ignore any question that they do not want to answer.
Our elected officials are terrified of actually having to answer questions from the public.
We’ve Run Off a Third of Our Teachers
At the January 16th special called board meeting at 3:30pm, the superintendent spent 45 minutes of a meeting that was limited to a total of 90 minutes talking about all the wonderful things he has done in his time here. For example, one of his most proud moments came when he shared that he had managed to run of one-third of the teachers from the district.
In his delusional world, that was amazing news because clearly all of those teacher that he’s managed to run off were clearly bad or weak teachers. Of course that group also included teachers of the year, and among the strongest teachers this district has ever seen. Many of those who Wardynski has run off are now volunteering their time to the schools that they left. Weak teachers, indeed.
By the way, the official count according to Mr. Johnny Giles, Chief of Staff (yes, we have a chief of staff) of teachers who have retired from Huntsville City Schools since August 2011 is 177. 134 teachers have resigned since that time. 100 teachers were “not continued for employment.”
Thus, since August 2011, 411 teachers have left the district.
In addition, there have been 158 resignations and 92 retirements of other district employees since August 2011.
Therefore, the district’s official count is 661 district employees who have left since August 2011. That’s 23.61 employees leaving the district every month since Wardynski was placed in charge.
And he’s proud of this number.
Terrified of Questions
So, on January 16th, at a meeting to discuss changes in the school zone lines, Wardynski spent half of his time talking about his accomplishments before even beginning the rezoning discussion.
After he wrapped up patting himself on the back, he then presented the district’s zoning plan. (You’ll have to scroll down to page 30 to see the new plans.)
Following his presentation of the rezoning plan (which does contain changes to the Grissom zoning, despite Wardynski’s assurance on January 14, 2013 that he was not rezoning Grissom), he left a total of 12 minutes for the “public” to ask questions at the meeting.
Mr. Blair, because he is terrified of facing the voters, decided that those twelve minutes should be reserved for the public officials present at the meeting. And so the Mayor, Councilman Russell (who both expressed “full faith and confidence” in both Wardynski and the Board) spoke first. Councilman Showers spoke third and made Wardynski quite nervous as witnessed by his rapid foot tapping.
After Councilman Showers completed speaking, while Dr. Robinson was paying close attention by texting, the meeting was adjourned without a single comment being allowed from the public—who had to fight for a seat as all the district principals were “asked” to attend.
Community Conversations without Conversation
At the conclusion of the meeting Wardynski and Blair shouted down a citizen for daring to ask when the public would be allowed to ask questions. Their response: the public may ask questions at the Community Conversations to be held according to the following schedule:
- Lee High, January 30th, 5:00 – 6:30pm
- Grissom High, January 31st, 5:00 – 6:30pm
- Huntsville High, February 1st, 9:00 – 10:30am
- Johnson High, February 3rd, 5:00 – 6:30pm
- Butler High, February 4th, 5:00 – 6:30pm
- Columbia High, February 5th, 5:00 – 6:30pm
But of douse, as we now definitively know, the only way the public can ask questions is to write them down on question cards and hope that they will be chosen to be answered “at a later date.”
They are terrified of the public that they are supposed to be representing.
Contact the Department of Justice
Here’s an idea. Since our board and superintendent don’t want to answer questions from the public about their version of the rezoning plan, I would suggest going over their head to the Department of Justice.
The DoJ, will after all, have final say about what the plan looks like anyway. (The exception to this is, of course, if Wardynski gets his wish to sue the Department of Justice as he will likely ask the BoE to approve tomorrow.)
Let Sarah Hinger know that the district is completely ignoring public input into this plan. As she stated in her letter to J. R. Brooks dated December 17, 2013, the district is actually required to be involved in the plan to unify the district. I’m sure that she would be interested in knowing that the district is not doing so.
You may contact Ms. Hinger via the Department of Justice at the following address:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Patrick Henry Building, Suite 4300
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 514-8337 (Fax)
I’m certain that since Wardynski is going to soon file suit against the Department of Justice, that she would be interested in knowing how little the public has been involved in this process.
It would seem that the board and superintendent need to look up the definition of the word conversation.