Monday, March 17, 2008

Let the Sunshine Shine...

We thought it was befitting to start off Sunshine Week, March 16-22 with an update on our FOIL requests that the New Hartford Central School District does not seem to want to honor.

Several months ago, Concerned Citizens FOILed a copy of the full NHCS budget...not the one they send out at Budget Hearing time in May...the full, unadulterated, what-you-see-is-what-you-get budget. We've even had two (2) meetings with School Superintendent Gilligan. At the last meeting, Superintendent Gilligan asked us to make it very clear what we are looking for...duh...the budget...the one that the school is currently operating with right now. We want it broken down by school with nothing left out. Simple!

To date, Superintendent Gilligan has yet to provide that information. Oh, he was supposedly willing to share the budget when he thought he could charge us hundreds of dollars to provide us with a photocopy of the budget. Now that he FINALLY realizes that the Freedom of Information Law requires scanning a document without charge if they have the capabilities to do so, he seems to not understand just what it is we want.

We would like your input...so we have placed a poll at the top of the menu to the right. Please be fair and only vote once so we can get an accurate opinion as to just what the problem might be.

While we are at it, perhaps we can find out why we still have been unable to get a copy of the Employees Union Contract that the school board approved on January 8, 2008. Last we knew, or at least the last that Superinentendent Gilligan told us, the contract was still at BOCES being printed. You know, I don't think we have mentioned the bridge we have for sale lately...

Let the Sunshine...

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