How credible is it for a school district to have two meetings with its teachers union and no one can officially remember when either one was?
Huntley’s answer was it can’t recall.
Administration does recall that it wasn’t at the district’s offices. Seems a bit odd not to have it at the administration building unless you don’t want other people to see you’re having a meeting or who else is actually in attendance.
There are Open Meeting Act prohibitions against too many board members attending.
If you believe the district’s response below, four people meeting together to discuss union business was “informal.”
This is probably code for not informing the entire board, including Aileen Seedorf, what was going on.
You see, Kevin Gentry and Aileen Seedorf were representing the district when they met with the teachers union for months after the current teachers’ contract was signed.
Obviously Gentry didn’t want Seedorf along to witness or listen into whatever side deal he was offering or discussions he had with the teachers union.
Apparently four individuals attended, one board member and three teachers, and no one wrote down anywhere when either meeting was.
Apparently there wasn’t any email or text messages to set up or confirm either meeting date.
Apparently Supt. John Burkey can’t remember when the meetings were, if he discussed the results with Gentry.
If you believe the district’s response Gentry met with three teacher union officials all by himself. If Gentry took notes of what was said at the meeting you have to believe he forgot to put a date on any notes. You also have to believe Supt. Burkey’s administrative assistant made no note in her calendar of when either meeting was held.
You can ask the Huntley district for meeting dates, and as you can see from the letter below, the district officially can’t recall. I wonder why all of the teachers can’t recall. Or did the district not bother to ask their teacher employees for the information that’s within their control?
Here’s what I requested:
“Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the dates of meetings held with the Huntley Educational Association’s bargaining agent in attendance after September 30, 2009 to present.”
This is District 158’s reply:
“This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of June 7, 2010 in which you requested, ‘Subject: Req for HEA Bargaining Dates Since 9-30-09, I request the dates of meetings held with the Huntley Educational Association’s bargaining agent in attendance after September 30, 2009 to present.’
“Board of Education President, Mr. Kevin Gentry attended two informal meetings held outside of the district offices, each with Ms. (Kim) Aschenbach, Ms. (Julie) Lutter and Ms. (Christine) Laird in attendance. Unfortunately, he is unable to recall the dates of the meetings.”