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Was United listening?

August 17, 2011
Morning Journal News


Last spring the United Local Board of Education, according to Mr. Zehentbauer, chose to let the voters of United Local decide on a new school bond levy by placing it on the May ballot. The bond levy was voted on and defeated by the voters.

So why are the school board members and Mrs. Rinto having the levy put back on the November ballot? The decision was made, point blank. No. Why are they trying to force something that is not desired?

These are supposedly educated people elected and hired, by you the voters, to make valid choices on school affairs and to listen to the people when they speak. It evidently does not matter, to them, how you feel and voted.

Wake up, United voters, take a good long look at what your superintendent and school board are trying to shove down your throats. They have hired a consultant firm to help them accomplish this agenda. Not only that, just how convenient is it that the architect for the new school, is going to help fund the cost of hiring this consultant. I would consider this as a form of "conflict of interest." The same could be said of the Buehrer Group that gave $1,200 to put the levy on the ballot in May.

All of this seems to be a unique form of "quid pro quo," "one hand washes the other," or "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." The concept to all of this: Pay to get the levy passed and we will acquire all the contracts to build and furnish the new school. How convenient for it to work that way.

In my opinion, plain and simple, shenanigans are trying to be pulled on the fine voters of United Local by their school officials and outside parties.

By the way, has anyone given a thought as to just what the United Local School District is going to do with all the money from Chesapeake oil and gas leasing. How about needed school repairs.

Karen Griffith




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