At long last, the Marysville Education Association owns the Marysville School District lock, stock and barrel. With Dr. Linda Whitehead out, the newly elected MEA puppets on the school board are poised to appoint a new superintendent which, logically, will be pre-approved by Elaine Hanson. Only those candidates who favor increasing already inflated teacher salaries at the cost of other school district employees’ jobs and academic programs need apply.
The Marysville Education Association, which ran a smear campaign against Dr. Whitehead and the previous board members and is helping to bankroll the recall of the senior members, can now reap the rewards for its financial support of its new puppets and is looking forward to its new contract being rubber-stamped, probably retroactively. Isn’t it amazing what union money can buy? Never mind that many of the district’s financial woes can be traced back to the union’s illegal strike and its refusal to accept a fair contract, causing a mass exodus of students from the district.
I would like to see another recall effort start against Vicki Gates, Michael Kundu and Carol Jason. In the short time they have been in office, they have further divided the district, voted to provide teachers advance pay after being advised that it was illegal, demeaned the senior board members and Dr. Whitehead in public board meetings, and voted against the advice of the district’s financial adviser and their own $500 a day “expert.” Additionally, President Gates made it clear that if Director Ron Young is recalled, she would like to appoint a Native American to take his place. While I don’t care what race the new member will be, what she is proposing is illegal discrimination. I want the best person available, regardless of race. Preferably not someone in the MEA’s pocket.