Friday, January 4, 2013

From the Desk of...Really - otra vez?!?

Just saw the latest addition of Board of Mythomania President Gene Maeroff's - From the Desk of Gene Maeroff! Seriously now, we've gone from the 'Musings of DiMuzio' to the now the 'Take-offs of Maeroff.'

I took a look at his December 20, 2012 take on all things Space Shortage wise. You can read it here if you like.

Now, not for nothing but I take it his crystal ball wasn't working too clearly so the board decided to hire a company to do a demographic study of our school system. Isn't that nice? Money well-spent, I'm sure. Seems like he's got a whole bunch of data from the report as well as some mention of the state's facility efficiency standards (FES) to help him sell his future bond referendum plans to the captive audience.

Hey, wouldn't you like to know what we spent that money on - things like what did they ask to be done, how many companies they did ask to quote on the project, who actually bid on the project and how much did this thing actually cost? I know I would so I asked - and as soon as they let me know, I'll pass it along to you. But I digress, so let's move on.

But wait, it gets better. Seems 'it will be up to the board of education to propose steps for dealing with the space shortage.' Geez, that's a tad bit scary. Maybe it's me, but it might be a good idea to get the residents involved. Anyhoo, Maeroff's potential solutions - redistrict, building additions, 1 or more new schools or do nothing! Really - who writes this kind of stuff - do nothing!?! About the only thing this is good for is to scare the captive audience into submission.

Here's a big DUH for this latest take on things in Downtown Edison!

Who doesn't know that there's been a space shortage in the school district for years. How many ambushed, bloated and ill-conceived bond referendums have we gone through over the past few years - including one that they did twice in a row without changing anything, hoping for a Yes vote from the residents the second time around? You know what they call that kind of treatment of the residents. Here, take a look:
There's a reason why the residents keep rejecting these bond referendums and this board needs to acknowledge the reason and do things a tad bit differently this go round.

The problem isn't the residents - it's the board's inability to produce a well-thought-out and meaningful plan that's up front with the residents and put forth in the most cost efficient way possible. Telling the residents that 'doing nothing' is an option if you don't agree with them - is self-serving scare tactics on Maeroff's part.

Do yourself a favor - do not accept anything on any bond referendum put forth by this board without checking it out yourself. With this kind of early self-serving rhetoric from Maeroff, looks like they're going down the same old path to try and get  another one over on you.

But hey, what do I know? Maybe Super Dr. Richard "Build the Trust" O'Malley earned that extra $350 in bonus money that the board gave him by finishing the other half of his long range plan with a timeline for the facilities!

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