Comments as read by Scott C. Vetter to the D155 Board of Education on May 17th, 2016:
After serving in the United States Navy, I decided to transfer my newly acquired leadership skills to the manufacturing world.
I am, today, considered, what is called a “professional manager.”I can walk into any situation, any industry and bring about any level of balance or improvement needed.
After 35 years of making good and bad decisions, I have honed my expertise into a very successful career.
While I have a strong reputation as an efficient manager, I am not without my mistakes.
One of these mistakes cost me my job.
I quote from my own, one and only resignation letter:
“Monetary mistakes that are made because of a manager’s inability to see the need for robust and in-depth research or ignoring the possibilities of that decision based on research or the lack thereof, is a devastating mistake by even the best of managers.”
“And to think otherwise is nothing short of defying an organization of its possible potential for greatness.”
These business ethics are very comparable to what we are discussing here.
In the real world, Mr. Superintendent, you would be fired because of your gross incompetence that, as any CEO would agree, is likely to recur.A mistake of this magnitude could not go overlooked in a corporate setting.
So why is it being overlooked now?
This is our money, they, the Board, are mismanaging.
We, the citizens of D155, are the CEO.
This board should be talking about demanding a letter of resignation not ponderinga likely multi-year accord that would obligate impending boards and newly elected board members to have to persist and endure the employment of Dr. Thomas and any benefits.
In my Precinct walking, I have heard from the taxpayers.
They are disgusted that the board wants to possibly tie future board members hands and force them to keep on a Superintendent that was directly responsible for a multi-million dollar mistake.
Some quotes from concerned taxpayers are as follows–
- “That school board is duty-bound to hold this superintendent accountable for costing D155 millions.”
- “Dr. Thomas should at least not get a bonus, no raise or any extension. His should be an employment with probation, at least, in case, this happens again.”
I even had a resident bring me his property taxes, wave them in my face and proceeded to tell me, in a language I cannot and will not reproduce here, that the District 155 Board Members had better manage MY money.
President Wagner, Vice President Oberg, Board Members, and Superintendent Thomas:
No pruning or “fertilizer” can help this dying money tree you believe you have.
The taxpayers of McHenry County are waiting for a fiscally sound and honest decision.
We, the taxpayers, hope you are listening.