Friday, August 28, 2009

Penn Delco Follies Continue

Two Penn-Delco school board members have resigned in protest over Board President Tony Ruggieri's moronic handling of the Jim Buggy Field situation.

The rationale behind the cancelling of the Aston Valley Baseball League's long-term lease for the field remains something of a mystery.

Ruggieri weirdly claims the reason for the board's action is to establish "equity among our facilities with this property."

Yet, the board has not moved to cancel a similar long-term lease held by the Aston Athletic Association. Why not? Could it have anything to do with the fact that the husband of Ruggieri school board ally Kim Robinson is on the board of the AAA?

Whatever. School Board solicitor Mike Levin has advised board members to shut up about the lease situation because of litigation threatened by the AVBL. That's good advice. Especially, given that whenever Ruggieri opens his mouth he makes matters worse.

Better advice would have encouraged the board to leave the AVBL lease alone in the first place. There was no good reason to cancel it. It pissed off untold numbers of hard-working community volunteers, energizing them to turn up at school board meetings and ask embarassing questions.

At least, the AVBL has said that any money it wins as a result of a lawsuit, it will be turned back to the district but only after the goofballs on the board who voted to terminate their lease are retired from office.

Sounds like a fair deal. But it would be cheaper and smarter for the current board to simply reverse course, admit their mistake, and reinstate the old lease with the league.

The chances of that happening? About the same as Keith Crego and Leslye Abrutyn getting engaged.

The district's in the very best of hands.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spencer has no idea what he is talking about. The male PDSB director's cause for resigning has 100% absolutely nothing to do with AVBL but with personal situations he was dealing with but you won't read about that in the paper because they Spencer wouldn't be able to sell papers. People - there is no reason to start a fire when there is not one to start.

August 29, 2009 at 4:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the taxpayers of Penn-Delco realize that over the past 2 years 17 board members have resigned?Could it be the present and past leadership? A president of a board is the same as all the other elected seated directors. It seems the position of President of a board falsely allows them to assume power over all others. And many then start leading with their own agendas. Maybe it is time they all read the PSBA book and its job description of their position. A president is only as powerful as you the board allows him to be. Stop being a bunch of yes people and do your job the people elected you to do.

August 29, 2009 at 9:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post.

August 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it appears you have your facts WRONG again. Your blog falsely states that Mike resigned due to the Buggy field issue. When, in reality, Mike has just recently come public about the TRUE reasons he resigned, and this was not one of them

Do you actually do any real reporting before spreading false statements?

September 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I am not mistaken Mike either voted against the board or abstained on the Buggy Field issue. Maybe someone should ask Ms. Emminson why she left. I think a lot of factors were involved with her resignation. She did not just cut and run. She asked questions and seldom got answers. This board will never be effective till most are gone same ole, same ole way of doing things. He with the most power gets all the eggs. By the way how is the teachers contract coming along no one seems willing to comment on that or anything else going on in Penn-Delco.

September 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM 
Anonymous Keep Grinding that Ax! said...

"Anonymous" (ROTFL!) #4:

OK, we get it: You hate Gil. Aren't you getting tired of beating this dead horse? Geez, move on already.

September 2, 2009 at 12:20 PM 

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