District 158 administrators were ticked.
What did board member Aileen Seedorf ask for that got administrators up in a huff?
Not to read during the meeting, but to have it sent to her after the meeting.
She also asked to be able to read the correspondence from the vendors to the district.
What were the administrators’ replies during the meeting to Seedorf?
Provide a written request for the information.
In what was an exchange that went on for ten minutes or longer, administrators refused to agree to provide the documents to Seedorf without a written request.
Outright stubbornly refused. Not once or twice, but again and again.
Is there any other group of school administrators around–or in all of Illinois for that matter–who arbitrarily insist a board member give them a written request to obtain a set of public bid specs?
Superintendent John Burkey was among those obstinately refusing to do so during the meeting.
Later during the same meeting, Seedorf asked how it is the superintendent wasn’t making a recommendation whether the district should be doing a survey on a new high school or expansion now or waiting a year.
“Why would you want the Superintendent to make a recommendation?”
To which Mrs. Seedorf replied,
“Because he’s being paid to do this.”
It seemed the other administrators were amused.
Are there any other school boards in Illinois where an “experienced” board member asks publicly why a board member would want the Superintendent to make a recommendation? This is Gentry’s third year on Huntley’s school board.
The empty seat to Burkey’s right is that of Board President Shawn Green.
When the meeting ended, after telling me that President Barack Obama would not be granted access to classrooms in District 158, he hurried to speak to Seedorf.