Saturday, February 22, 2014

Just the facts ma'am: Was bogus BOE 'ethics violation' a political ploy?

Hoo-Haw, man they got some funny stuff going on over there on the school system’s side of county government. Heh.

So, get this: The Knox County Board of Education was set to meet on March 5 to talk about “allegations of a potential ethics violation and consideration of possible action and recommendations.”

The supposed violator? BOE member Mike McMillan.

The reason? For being transparent.

Hahahahahaha. Naw, I’m not kidding.

McMillian forwarded a PUBLIC RECORD to a newspaper reporter and a state representative.

Yet, South Knoxville parent Kristi Kristy (and by default BOE member and BOE Ethics Chairwoman Indya Kincannon) wanted to conduct kangaroo court.

However, on Friday the school system sent over a public notice that said the committee meeting “has been canceled due to the withdrawal of the complaint.”

Well wait a minute!

According to the News Sentinel, Kristi Kristy “decided not to file an official complaint.” (KNS story right here if you have money for a paywall.)

Huh? So was a complaint filed or not? And if one wasn’t filed, then why would Kincannon schedule the meeting?  That doesn’t make sense. Right?

Surely this wasn’t a political move against McMillan, the one BOE member who has not fallen in line with the rest of the board?  

Naw. No way!

Heh. Right. This whole thing stinks. The ethics committee isn’t supposed to even bother with these matters unless the chair receives a complaint that is “in writing and SIGNED UNDER OATH by the person making the complaint . . . .”


However, the committee was going to go ahead and discuss it anyway. Without a sworn statement!

OK, so enough rambling. Let’s get to what was in that PUBLIC RECORD and what McMillan did and didn’t do.

Without further ado, it’s time for some Porch factoids:

FACT: On Dec. 6 at 3:11 p.m. Kristi Kristy sent District 9 BOE member Pam Trainor an email asking that it be sent to the Board and Superintendent Jim McIntyre. In the email, Kristy touted the good superintendent’s awesomeness and was upset that someone depicted him as Adolf Hitler in a now-viral YouTube video in which “McIntyre” raged about teacher concerns and expressed dismay that he might have to go back to teaching himself. You can find the video right here by the way.

FACT: Kristy wanted Trainor to redact her name from the email because she was concerned that teachers would like go over to her house and/or harass her, or some such nonsense.

FACT: At this point said email was NOT a public record (according to the county law department).

FACT: It BECAME a public record once Trainor forwarded it on – as requested by Kristy – to the school board members and once they received it.

FACT: Pam Trainor did NOT redact Kristy’s name.

FACT: Shopper reporter Betty Bean and State Rep. Gloria Johnson asked McMillian for a copy of that PUBLIC RECORD later in the day and he honored their OPEN RECORDS REQUEST.

FACT: This whole thing is silly. If Kristy wants to be mad at someone, she should be mad at Trainor for not taking her name off the email.

FACT: These facts come from PUBLIC RECORDS. And NO, I didn’t get them from McMillan. Heh.



5 comments:

Samatha Smith said...

http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/openrecords/pdf/20140210TennesseeOpenRecordsAct.pdf

10-7-504 didn't save her.

As per Knox County Code Ethics:

"The Ethics Committee shall convene as soon as practicable after its appointment and elect a chair and a secretary. The records of the Ethics Committee shall be maintained by the secretary and shall be filed in the office of the director of schools, where they shall be open to public inspection.

Questions and complaints regarding violations of this Code of Ethics or of any violation of state law governing ethical conduct should be directed to the chair of the Ethics Committee. Complaints shall be in writing and signed under oath by the person making the complaint, and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts upon which the complaint is based."

Should the ethics committee have all this information on file, and in not are they not violating their own ethical standards? Maybe there is more to the violation then what's being talked about??? A political stunt or a major political back.

And what about the Rowecliff email? I guess if you violate Board policy it's okay as long as your running with the right crowd when you want to be a "school Board Member".

Good Stuff!

Samatha Smith said...

http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/openrecords/pdf/20140210TennesseeOpenRecordsAct.pdf

10-7-504 didn't save her

As per Knox County Code of Ethics"

"The Ethics Committee shall convene as soon as practicable after its appointment and elect a chair and a secretary. The records of the Ethics Committee shall be maintained by the secretary and shall be filed in the office of the director of schools, where they shall be open to public inspection.

Questions and complaints regarding violations of this Code of Ethics or of any violation of state law governing ethical conduct should be directed to the chair of the Ethics Committee. Complaints shall be in writing and signed under oath by the person making the complaint, and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts upon which the complaint is based."

Shouldn't this all be on file and recorded? Did someone not fulfill their due diligence? The were going to meet so there had to be some sort of record about it. The coverup for the cover may be the bigger story. Why not request All board member emails?

And as for Rowcliff, I guess it's not a violation of school Board policy if your in with the right crowd. Maybe some needs to right a sworn statement under oath to bring some light to that, or just look the other way if your the ethical cheerleader.

Sandra Rowcliffe said...

Faulty interpretation of School Board policy here guys. I did not seek support for a campaign nor did I seek anyone's vote. I sought to be better informed about the issues, potential solutions, and the "unique perspectives" of the teachers. And let me publicly thank those teachers who have kindly met with me as your insights are invaluable.

Following the reasoning here, any request to meet with McIntyre, acquire budget or staffing information or to meet with district principals would violate policy. Further, I sent the email from my home, therefore, i did not use school information systems. Email addresses are public on the school websites.

Oh, also, there was never any mention made about other boards on which I sit nor offices I hold, so no violation there either.

Lastly, my last name is spelled
R-o-w-c-l-i-f-f-e. Hope you guys have a great evening, and remember, "Our Kids Are Capable!"

Sandra Rowcliffe said...

Faulty interpretation of School Board policy here guys. I did not seek support for my campaign nor did ask for anyone's vote. I sought to be better informed about issues, potential solutions, and the "unique perspectives" of the teachers. And I'd like to thank the teachers who have met with me as your insight is invaluable.

Following your reasoning, any request to meet with McIntyre, acquire budget or staffing information or to meet with district principals would violate policy.

Further, I sent the email from my home, therefore, I did not use school information systems. Nor did I mention any other boards for whom I serve, so no violation there either.

You guys have a great evening, and remember "Our Kids Are Capable!"

Sandra Rowcliffe said...

Sorry I sent this twice, Mike. New to blogging.