The lease/purchase bus option has been a red herring that has been beaten to death for years by the CPS crowd. I remember Jay Livernois, Gus Massiello and Preston Schultz ranting and raving about this in BOE/BOF meetings in the good old days of “Comings and Goings”. Like these CPS Founding Fathers, Reality Check is using this phony issue to attack the BOE with false suggestions of financial waste, fraud and abuse. When asked to support her accusations, she engages in a pattern of such obfuscation as to make one wonder if she is completely confused, simply lying, or both. It is amazing to me that this attitude toward public education in this town has been devolved to a whole new generation of stupid, sick people.
Oddly, Reality Check never seems willing to extend her investigatory determination to the many questionable expenditures by Woodstock Academy, including their rapidly growing expenditures on international junkets for top administrators. That is because Woodstock Academy has co-opted the CPS crowd with its Trustee positions, and used its considerable payroll to convert would-be critics in the politiscal system into supporters. One example of this is the Academy’s newly hired basketball coach, who was fired from this position several years ago for being verbally abusive with his players, but who was re-hired after his wife demonstrated her own considerable skills at verbal abuse over the past year with the Woodstock BOE.
The Academy continues to protect its financial interests the old fashioned way, including (i) use of public funds to provide positive public relations through public and its own multiple private media outlets; (ii) use of the third-party CPS crowd to attack its competitor for educational funds at the BOE in order to maximize the Academy’s own take from the annual budget; (iii) planting of multiple relatives of Trustees on key town boards, including BOE and BOF; (iv) use of public funds in the form of the school’s payroll to reward its political supporters; and (v) the recent takover of the Democratic Town Committee by Academy Trustee James Kaeding, his wife Margie Wholean and Becky Hyde, daughter of former Trustee Elizabeth Hyde who is permanently honored with a brass fountain in the lobby of her namesake Hyde Auditorium.
In the words of one of its mild critics, whose opinions were coincidentally silenced after being put on the Academy payroll, it reminds him of the metropolitan New York trash industry (or Al Capone’s Chicago police and court system).
Doesn’t the Academy know that as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization they are precluded from engaging in political activities? What is James Kaeding thinking? Isn’t he a lawyer? Shouldn’t he know better? Shouldn’t the Academy know better? What about Trustees Kevin Johnston and David Teed – Democratic State Auditor and Assistant State Attorney General? Don’t they know this activity endangers the school’s nonprofit status?
The true Reality Check is as follows: the radical anti-public education propoganda proliferated by CPS month after month, year after year, survives because it has institutional support from the Academy Trustees. What is wrong with these people?