Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

It’s Your Town – Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 18- 9/6/11

The new edition of It’s Your Town newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. It was issued earlier in the week but I just haven’t been able to post it until now.

This edition of the newsletter covers the Middletown Township Committee monthly workshop meeting that took place on Monday, September 6th. Once again it was an short meeting lasting only an hour or so.

As has been the norm since January, very little was discussed in the open forum. When something was addressed to Committee members that required them to discuss an item that was on the agenda for discussion but was not discussed, the question was defered to the CFO.

This is not how open and responsive government is supposed to operate. I suppose however that people shouldn’t be surprised by this any longer since our mayor,Tony Fiore stated a couple meetings back that they didn’t need to discuss items in public because they discuss them in private amongst themselves.

There was also a disscussion concenering the Solar Project that my interest some.

Read the newsletter …. Here

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And Just When You Thought They Couldn’t Get Anymore Dysfunctional, Middletown School Board Member John Macrae Hands In His Resignation.

Latest word leaking out of the Middletown Board of Education (BOE) is that new board member John Macrae, who was elected this past April to the BOE, is being held hostage after he tried to quit the dysfunctional board two weeks ago by handing in his resignation. He has been told however, that Board members are not ready to accept his resignation and that the BOE would like for him to reconsider his decision to leave.

MaCrae’s departure from the board would it make three board members who have quit in the last year if he sticks by his decision leave too. Does it sound like the rats are abandoning a sinking ship?

The problem is that since last year when board members supported by the township committee were elected to the BOE, things have gone steadily downhill. Three superintendents have come and gone, and central administrators have fled at an alarming rate; One can only assume they don’t like the board members micromanaging and telling them how to do their jobs.

Word is that the BOE have gotten so desperate that they have been offering the Superintendant job to local superintendents, only to be turned down time and time again. The Superintendent of Hazlet’s school system said no, and he is just one of many. The word is out about Middletown’s Board of Dysfunction, so no one is interested in taking the hem only to get second guessed or get the boot.

Not to worry though, according to what I‘ve been told by two separate individuals, both these matters maybe cleared up at the next Board of Education meeting. Allegedly the board may have found someone to take over the Superintends position for the $160,000 being offered after all (far below what other superintendents are in the area are making, so what can we expect?), and MaCrae will have his answer as to whether or not his resignation will be accepted if he still wishes to leave.

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