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  • I do wish your reporters would get all the facts. The previous School board was a rubber stamp machine for the Present Administrative Stave,and it blotted and entrenched spending policies. It has taken months to force the disclosure of public information.

    I wish people would show up at the meetings. It was through the State Auditing process that fact where forced into the open. When the new members asked for further info they were stoned walled.

    Please remember the the 5 w"s of true journalism. Truth and Integrity are what the People of Manatee need to understand the true extent of the Policies need to protect the teachers and the public. The administration to reduce their blotted staffs and salaries and their devotion to cover up.
  • James martire
    Mon 2nd May 2011
    at 2:46pm
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  • You didn't like Ms. Aranibar's position. Ms Aranibar joined the board in November 2010. The health care debacle was already that 9 Million in arrears in September. She did not create this mess. You also forgot to mention that the board created over a 2 1/2 Million Dollar deficit in the workman's compensation self insured fund. What this tells me is that they don't belong in the insurance business and are unable to manage them as both funds were in serous shortfall. That I believe is what Ms. Aranibar was stating. I personally informed a member of the board that the premiums were the problem. Oh no, it's the claims that are the problem. Duh, when the outgoing exceeds the incoming and you don't change the incoming for five years your the problem. I will bet that your reporter didn't research self insured funds. The board could have actually hedged their bet with the management and purchased an insurance policy that would have taken care of the excess claims. But they would have had to have all required records filed with the state (ah the insurance commission report that they didn't file for three years against law) to be able to purchase that policy.So fill that pipe your smoking because I know they don't have the backbone to advocate for the public. It is their family, the district employees that mean the most to Manatee County School District and it's majority board. Where our students outcomes are, they don't seem that interested unless it's those winning football or basketball games or winining competitions.When have you heard them worried about their graduation rate? Students not on grade level? When they have that conversation with Mr. McGonagal then I might have some postitive thoughts.
  • can't believe it
    Sun 1st May 2011
    at 6:24pm
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