This email was received yesterday from school board chair, Nancy Steenson, in response to ten questions I directed to Special Education Director, Beth Rincon, following her presentation to the board about Timberlane’s Special Education program in which she invited questions from the board. My email copied her and Dr. Metzler.
I must ask you, yet again, to please follow the proper chain of command. Any questions you have for a district employee must go through the School Board Chair. Your other alternative is to file a RTK request. Please do not continue to contact district personnel on your own. It is entirely inappropriate for you to do so as a Board member.
You can see the questions I posed in the April 29th blog post on this site: https://timberlaneandsandown.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/questions-on-special-education/ Here is my reply.
Dear Ms. Steenson,
Ms. Rincon very kindly invited questions from the board and no one at that meeting said that was not permitted.
Could you kindly point out where it says I can’t contact district personnel directly?
That unreasonable restriction on my ability to do my job was part of SB Rules that was repealed this year.
If you would like, I will resubmit my questions via you. Would that make any difference in obtaining the information?
In early April, I requested the board discuss an outside audit of our special education services. This was put on the agenda but when I was not able to attend the meeting I requested the item be moved to another meeting or that I be permitted to attend the meeting by phone, which is specifically permitted by law. Both were denied me.
What is going on here, aside from a breathtaking display of arrogance, is not just about one dissident school board member being bullied and stymied. This is all about your right to understand the workings of your educational system. Chairman Steenson is the flowering of Timberlane’s culture that regularly says “drop dead” to those who question it.