Rob Collins likes to repeat on social media that he asks questions outside of meetings so he doesn’t have to “waste time” in meetings. Below you will find just today’s example of me asking questions outside of meetings. See the response Dr. Metzler sees fit to give me. Perhaps the chairman will be more responsive.
Here is mail exchange from today starting at 1:07 pm. It wasn’t addressed to Dr. Metzler but he kindly responded anyway.
Was an RFP issued for the TRSD APP developed by Black Board?
If so, please provide this to me.
Please also provide the contract as well as all invoices and purchase orders for this APP.
I’d also like to know from what line in the budget this was or will be paid.
I’m sure you would like to minimize the number of Right to Know requests the district receives and your assistance would be most appreciated.
2:01 from Dr. Metzler: See DBJ and DJE
2:31 from D. Green:
Ditto for SchoolMessenger.
2:32 from DR. Metzler:
See DBJ and DJE
2:44 from D. Green
The policy is irrelevant. I want to see the financials and the discipline used to make purchase decisions. Thank you.
3:28 from DR. Metzler
So, either Mr. Collins is lying about getting information outside of meetings, or the administration sees no need to answer my particular questions. And then they complain about how many Right to Know requests they get.
Sandown, Danville, Atkinson and Plaistow: is this what you are paying a million dollars plus a year for? (That is Timberlane’s cost for running the SAU.)
Yes, communication apps are a good thing. How they interface with our current systems should be a topic for discussion with the school board because we have invested a great deal in implementation fees and annual fees in communications software already. The school board was neither notified nor consulted about these purchases. Once again the school board is marginalized in a headlong rush to be seen to be responsive to an advisory group rather than the school board.