Sadly folks, City Clowncilmen were spotted. Just a thought, but using a school board appointment to fight a political consultant’s third party agenda is ill advised on so many levels, including and especially invoking a new found love for ethics in government involving a school system which has systemic issues complying with basic state mandates on the subject [Lana Noonan’s first hand account for Slabbed is here]. Whoever put that bug in Councilman Buddy Zimmerman’s ear did well in making him appear to be a Clowncilman rather than a Councilman.
Equally amusing but not quite as inane was the question about whether or not a school level administrative assistant (school secretary) had any contact with the children. My own experience is a teacher has a kid for a year, maybe two tops while the same child comes to the same office needing help at various times every year they attend school. By definition a school secretary would have more contact with the children over the long haul.
Just an observation but in all my time attending BSL Council meetings, never once did I see the previous council deny the Mayor such an appointment, even when the Mayor and Council were not otherwise getting along. That would have been true in February of this year had then Mayor Fillingame appointed Maurice Singleton to another term on the School Board.
I am told the reason Singleton was not reappointed when his term of office expired was because then Mayor Fillingame was trying to leverage Singleton into qualifying for City Council against Ward 3 Councilman Reed. It is for that reason that Slabbed presented this post, and accompanying artistic rendition of a Toolman. Last night’s short meeting was the final chapter in that particular saga, such chapter titled “disposal”.
The Mayor’s pick for School Board Trustee, Mrs. Vicki Arnold, ultimately passed 7-0 and the discussion included an enthusiastic endorsement of Mrs. Arnold by Ward 6 Councilman Josh Disalvo and the revelation of a very crass phone call Council President Seal received on the same topic against Mrs. Arnold. Councilmatic sources tell Slabbed New Media that Councilman Seal was not the only City Councilman to catch such grief over the appointment. The consensus of the council overall is that Mrs. Arnold will make a good trustee. For all the venom that was spewed behind the scenes and somewhat in public comments last night, I heard not one reason why Arnold was unfit for the position.
Finally the only advice we at Slabbed could possibly give the new school board trustee is to keep your hip waders close because you will need them ma’am.