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Problems at the BOE

A bad night at the BOE

At the BOE meeting of Monday, January 7, 2013 those in attendance unfortunately got to see a political power grab and school governance in an ugly way.  For about a decade and half the BOE had a unwritten tradition of rotating the the BOE president.  Based on that tradition it was expected that Ms. Moredcai would become the BOE president.  However, Ms. Casalino got a second term.  Nothing was unlawful but it was not right.  Braking the tradition makes things more political at the BOE: and in my view sets a bad example going forward.  It would be hard for Ms. Moredcai not to see this as an insult. She has served since April 2010 and has often voted against the majority. It was a case of the majority which now includes newly elected BOE member Mr. Charles getting "political pay back" because Ms. Mordecai did not go along with the majority. The election prompted may citizen to complain of racism as Ms. Moredcai is the only person of color on the BOE.  I will not say this was racially motivated as I have too much respect for Mrs. Lab, Mrs.Brill, Ms. Casalino and Mr. Charlse to call them racist and I can not go inside their minds and know what they think on the issue of race.  However, these four individuals are capable of doing things for political payback.  I will say it was ugly and political at the BOE.  The BOE has to manage a budget of about $140 million and make sure about 7,000 student get and opportunity to have education, as well as manage over 1,000 employees.  The political nonsense has to stop and the BOE needs to focus on what is important. While taxes are high and student achieve in test score is not at the level it should be the citizen of West Orange can't tolerate political game at the BOE. The BOE members need to get along with each other even if they don't agree on every thing all the time. Also the four other members need to realize that even if they don't agree with her position she won an election in a fair and square way and thus Ms. Moredcai should get her say and should get her turn to lead even if votes are four to one with her being the one. I have seen first grade students "play nice in sand box" it is a shame our elected board members can not do the same.

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wohopeful January 15, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Exactly my point Mr. Prignano. These BOE member have very skillfully stripped the public of their rights to the checks and balances needed to protect the average hard working taxpayers. We are no longer able to vote on the budget, we are no longer able to vote on massive buidling projects, etc. The power grab here by Ms. Casalino and Ms. Brill was just another show of bully force to strip the majority of honest hard working taxpayers in West Orange of their rights by a select few who want to control millions of our dollars. The results are clear for everyone to see, failing schools and massive budgets. And in the end the public has no power to do anything about it.
john anthony prignano January 15, 2013 at 03:19 AM
There are certain terms and labels that are in no way apocryphal .One is "an Essex County Republican " Former Councilman Anthony Benevento was a a registered Republican. Where was the substance of his smaller government philosophy? Perhaps he was a Liberal Republican That may explain why he was in sync with the other Council members much of the time - because they were Ultra - Conservative Democrats.These farces are akin to professional wrestling feuds.Over $21k per pupil,and Englert says there are 3 Republicans. Semantics and a corruption of the language..Republican is too generic a term. Ultra - liberal? Liberal? Conservative? Ultra - conservative? Words and terms which are ineffable, and thus are meaningless There's only one party - the Money/Power party.The appearance of resistance is straight out of George Orwell's 1984. It is advantageous to give true conservatives the impression that there are people in positions of power who are of a similar mindset. Look at their VOTING RECORD, not their rhetoric.Look at your tax bill,look at how we pay more and more for less and less service crummy overpriced schools,filthy streets, riddled with potholes ad infinitum., Look at the epidemic of cronyism and nepotism and the acts of overt contempt for the taxpayers our "Republican"office holders engage in.There are still a lot of true Republicans, but these people aint them.If you dare to reach across the aisle,your hand will come back without your wristwatch . .. . . . . . .
john anthony prignano January 15, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Shakespeare ; " Words are but the shadows of actions." Many people claim to be conservatives, uncompromising tax watchdogs, indefatigable champions of the common man, etc. Macbeth ; ..... It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" We must never let propaganda trump performance..
john anthony prignano January 15, 2013 at 08:00 PM
wohopeful. When people are singularly effusive with praise for our elected officials and the state of affairs in West Orange, one must question if they have truly "missed the point." Richard the Third," Slave, I have set my life upon a cast, and I will stand the hazard of the die. "
john anthony prignano January 15, 2013 at 08:11 PM
wohopeful, Ms. Mordecai was punished for being "out of sync " with the other board members and for not being a rubber stamp. In West Orange, the opposite is also true. .People too numerous to count have been, and will continue to be , REWARDED for being { publicly } "in sync" and rubber stamping everything our elected officials desire.

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