A Fox News report caught my eye.
It reminded me of the vicious politics in Huntley School District 158.
Board member Larry Snow was publicly accused of “fear mongering” by other school board members about MRSA, a dangerous antibiotic resistant virus.
Maybe now it’s election season the same board members will accuse Fox news of fear mongering for running an Associated Press story.
You can see from the article, that a case of MRSA is nothing to fool around with.
District 158 administrators had told parents that the buildings would be “super cleaned.” When a president of the teachers union sent Snow an email in which the cleaning company apologized for the job it did, Snow put the item on a public agenda meeting.
Rather than admit how not cleaning blood off a student’s desk was less than praiseworthy performance, administrators and majority board members lauded the cleaning company.
Only time I have seen a vendor apologize in writing for the job it did and a school board majority tell it, that, no, they did a wonderful job.
You have to wonder if the parents of the Kentucky high school student reported on life support would call it “fear mongering,” trying to protect the students safety by actually doing a good job cleaning the schools that were supposed to be “super cleaned.”
If you remember, Mike Skala’s friend, Glen Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, was in charge of getting the schools super cleaned. The meeting turned out to be a rally around Glen Stewart, a public demonstration in his support and a denial a poor cleaning job was ever done.
For good measure board members added an attack of “fear mongering” into the long harangue that was read at the meeting. Newspapers conveniently printed the “fear mongering” quotes and accusations against Snow.
Stewart is no longer Chief Operating Officer at District 158.
With all the praise heaped upon Stewart during the MSRA scare, it seems likely that is not the reason he decided to leave. He also weathered the 8,000 emails and phone calls from over 3,000 parents about leading the charge to cut half the bus routes.