Shortly after the March 13th school bond vote, I received an anonymous email telling me the school district did something that might raise eyebrows. The email said that school personnel looked over voting records of the December 12th vote to find out names of the faculty, staff and family members who did not vote the first time the school bond was put up for a vote and was defeated. Those individuals then were sent an email suggesting they might want to vote for the second school bond vote. Also, the head of the teacher's union was reminded to be sure to get the people who did not vote the first time out to vote this time and to remember that the teachers' contract negotiations were this year.
I didn't write anything on this blog regarding this anonymous email because I didn't have any proof and I didn't want to make unfounded allegations. Today I still cannot confirm the validity of this anonymous email, so I will let you decide for yourself if the allegations are true. However, a person who stated they were a teacher from New Hartford School recently wrote on the Observer Dispatch Story Chat and I quote, "As for the memo, I do not remember anything stating your contract is up for renewal." Well, I guess there was indeed a memo sent out for the second school bond vote.
We doubt that Mr. Gilligan would be so foolish as to put a threat in writing; however, our anonymous email told us that it was spoken to union representatives. You decide!
Then, out of the blue, another anonymous email is sent to me right after the March 29, 2007 Town special election and this time a memo is attached to the email. Please read!
Now just why would New Hartford Central School Superintendent Dan Gilligan, who doesn't even own property in New Hartford and probably doesn't even live in New Hartford, be sending out a memo on school letterhead to All Faculty & Staff regarding the Town of New Hartford Bond Vote on March 29, 2007?
The first thing that comes to mind is "Partnering with the New Hartford Central School District" that was splashed all over the Town of New Hartford website!
Think about it--this smells of impropriety and really makes one wonder if the first anonymous email I received was indeed accurate. I will let you be the judge.
Think about how many people are employed by the school and town, their families and friends. New Hartford residents better start waking up to the shenanigans of this "school and town partnership" or we will end up with little voice in any vote in town, whether a school budget or another special town bond vote or a town general election.
Forewarned is forearmed!!