Huntley School Administrators are No Shows at Community Outreach Meeting

Huntley district 158 posted a five-year financial plan on its web site as part of its board packet.

It was up in advance of the meeting last night of the board’s Financial Advisory Committee.

When advisory committee member and former school administrator Lucinda Nelson wanted to ask questions about it (it was put on the agenda) there was one problem:

No school administrators were there to answer any questions.

When the question was asked by former school administrator Lucinda Nelson about the ARRA Federal Stimulus Funds, there was one problem:

No school administrators were there to answer any questions.

When Nelson asked if the administration was going to stay within budget this year, there was one problem:

No school administrators were there to answer any questions.

Can Huntley school administrators and Superintendent John Burkey make it more obvious they don’t want to make themselves available to answer questions even from board committees and board committee members?

Perhaps the most bizarre excuse for the administrators’ absence, including Controller Mark Altmayer’s, was given by committee member Michael Andre.

Andre explained to committee members how administrators work during the day.

Lucinda Nelson replied,

“Do you think other people on this committee don’t work during the day?”

Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore is a District 158 Financial Advisory Committee member. Grafton trustees haven’t bothered to show up for four meetings so far. Perhaps Superintendent Burkey is allowing school administrators to do the same.

Or, perhaps the Financial Advisory Committee means nothing to the administration and the school board.

It may be normal in most school districts for first-year administrators, such as Altmayer, to show up to meetings for which they are the school administrator.

However, this was not the first time Altmayer was a no show for a Financial Advisory Committee.

How often does the committee meet?

Once a quarter.

For “community outreach” to have meaning, it would seem someone from the administration or school board would have to be present to meet with community members.

Having members of the community show up and talk among themselves reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live skit, “Coffee Talk with Linda Richman,” featuring Mike Meyers.

In the District 158 context, who would say,

Mike Meyers, Madonna and Roseanne Barr in a Saturday Night Live skit.

Mike Meyers, Madonna and Roseanne Barr in a Saturday Night Live skit.

“I’m all verklempt.”

Would that be before or after someone said,

“Talk amongst yourselves.”

Maybe Huntley administrators will show up for meetings when they want more money to spend.


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Huntley School Administrators are No Shows at Community Outreach Meeting — 4 Comments

  1. Excellent article, Cal. District voters should show up at the next School Board meeting and tell the Board what they think of the failure of administrators to appear at Committee meetings!

  2. One problem with these bologna accusations – No administrative presence was requested or even expected by any FAC member with the possible exception of Ms. Nelson. The only items on the agenda prior to the meeting were the discussion of applicants for the open positions and the selection of officers. Mr. Altmayer is an adjunct member of the FAC and not part of either of those processes. Had anyone requested to add items to the agenda PRIOR to the meeting, one might have a reasonable expectation that the appropriate administrators would have attended as they have done in the past.

    Even if you aren’t going to report all of the relevant facts, why not at least try to get a majority?

    Why no mention of Linda Moore’s absence from the FAC meeting? Probably because it is as irrelevant as Mr. Altmayer’s. Or do you want to construct a conspiracy theory of how Ms. Moore orchestrated a boycott of the meeting? That didn’t happen either, but what’s a little misinformation or half-truth here or there?

  3. So, the only purpose of the committee is to “Talk among yourselves,” right?

  4. The purpose of any meeting is to discuss items on the agenda. Items can be added to the agenda at the meeting, but when there is something that someone thinks is important enough to add to the agenda, it makes sense to add it PRIOR to the meeting. That way the appropriate parties can be there and be prepared. That is common courtesy.

    Since the only SCHEDULED agenda items were items that Mr. Altmayer had nothing to do with, why would his presence be expected? Like any member of the public, he would be welcome despite his lack of involvment.

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