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Here's why Carolyn Gabric voted "no" on the superintendent's contract renewal. Did some board members act illegally?
At the February 15th Marlington Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Knoll's contract was renewed by a 4-1 vote. Carolyn Gabric cast the lone "no" vote after voicing her concern about possible violations of the Open Meetings Act, which she alleged had occurred outside of legally called board meetings.
Copies of text messages among board members as well as a documented e-mail exchange demonstrate that discussion was had and the decision on the superintendent's contract was made by four board members outside of the public board meeting. This appears to be in violation of Ohio's Open Meetings Act. All board members were even provided with a copy of the press release announcing Mr. Knoll's contract renewal the day BEFORE the board meeting even took place. Mrs. Gabric concluded that she was uncomfortable being a part of what was not a legal process and voted "no" as a result. (Mrs. Gabric possesses written proof of the apparent Open Meetings Act violations.)
After Mrs. Gabric reviewed the alleged illegal actions that had taken place (which put the district at risk for a legal challenge), none of the other board members asked for additional information or explanation. No consult was made with board counsel. They moved forward with the vote in which they each readily voted "yes", having no apparent concern that they were potentially taking part in an illegal action.
It is concerning that four out of the five people on the Marlington Board were willing to blindly cast a "yes" vote after just having been told that it was most likely illegal. The pressure for individual board members to fall in line with the administration and board president/vice president is very evident when you are an observer at the board meetings. We've heard the cry for "board unity", but should it come at the cost of apparent unethical or illegal actions?
(As a side note, Mrs. Gabric also cited her concern about the level of pay raise and signing bonus the superintendent is being given with the contract. She concluded that this is not fiscally responsible considering how the district has suggested it doesn't have adequate funds to properly repair our elementary schools.)
Click above to see how the supposed money saving from consolidation hasn't happened at Waterloo Local Schools. Is this a glimpse into Marlington's financial future if we consolidate?
Do you wonder how Marlington is spending your taxpayer money? Click on the link above for directions on how to navigate OhioCheckbook.com to learn about all expenditures of the Marlington Local School District for fiscal years 2013 - 2016.
Spreadsheets of Marlington expenditures for FY13 - FY16
Click above to learn about the status of the NEXUS pipeline.
The NEXUS pipeline in the Marlington Administration building!
Looks like "someone" is counting on the pipeline money! Here is a photo, which was taken in the spring, of the path the NEXUS pipeline project will take through the Marlington District which was posted on a wall in the administration office. Why didn't the Marlington administration talk with taxpayers about the pipeline money until members of the public exposed it?
Click above to learn about Marlington's share of the NEXUS pipeline revenue - projected to exceed $14,000,000 pro-rated over the first five years of operation!
Click above to learn how local schools will share $270 million per year from the oil and natural gas industry.
Click here to read how state legislators have confirmed that we were right (again) when we said this bond issue would hurt our local "cry-baby" farmers.
A reporter from The Alliance Review recently submitted questions to find out more about our group. Perhaps you would like to know more about us as well. Click above to learn about this diverse group of Marlington citizens.
Click above to learn about the financial difficulties neighboring school districts have experienced after building new school buildings.
Click above to learn about the repair and new construction estimates.
Youngstown City Schools has decided to go BACK to neighborhood schools. Click here to find out why.
Click above to view Marlington's 5-year forecast, which was approved by the Marlington Board of Education at the October 20, 2016 meeting and submitted to The Ohio Department of Education as required by Ohio law.
Click above to learn the facts about asbestos, a naturally-occurring earth mineral.
Would you like to know how the District spent the $525,000 permanent improvement money which is generated yearly by your tax dollars? Click above to learn!
Click above for the results of a telephone survey which was conducted after the Board had cast two votes in the process of placing the issue on the ballot. The District paid $12,650 to a New Orleans firm to survey 400 Marlington residents.
Click above for the 11 "reasons" that were given during the District's "survey" for building a new elementary school, along with a different perspective on each issue which should be considered by voters.
Click above to learn about concerns which were cited by the administration as rationale for new buildings during the 2012 levy campaign and still are being cited as needs for this 2017 building bond issue.
Have you considered these additional facts about the effects of Issue 11? Click above to see.
Click above to read why Marlington residents oppose a 20-year $15,000,000 (+ interest) bond levy which will destroy our three community elementary buildings and replace these valuable resources with one consolidated 1,100-student elementary building.
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