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Wissahickon School District Faces PR Disaster; Further Ethical Violations Come to Light

Wissahickon School Board - Ethical Violations?

In the days following the announcement by the Wissahickon School Board to close Mattison Elementary School in June, Ambler Borough leadership announced plans for a referendum that would change the way the district conducts business. 

That's the good news for this district.

Mounting evidence was brought to light that the board, already under scrutiny for wrongful actions during the state-mandated process for closure, may have acted illegally when members of the board held meetings where board matters were discussed, including the closure of a school and the construction of a new high school.  These meetings included 'select' members of the public, were by invitation only and did not meet the legal requirements of notifying the public, a mandate from the State of Pennsylvania and U.S. Department of Education.

The legality of these meetings is currently under investigation. 

The question for members of the district is:  do you consider it ethical to hold 'secret' meetings where board business is discussed?

Parents and the community of Ambler have been shedding a light on the actions of the board, which conducts business in secrecy and meets publicly only to satisfy certain legal mandates.

The announcement of the closure of Mattison Elementary has been very divisive.  

As one parent stated "we have been accused of being selfish for our work on behalf of Mattison but when people in the district learn that this issue is much more than about the closing of a school, that ethical and legal violations have and are occurring, perhaps they will pay attention and demand answers from the people they elected to represent them."

Until then, the PR nightmare this district faces has a long way to go.  

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Stop the madness January 19, 2013 at 02:11 PM
here we go again Liz.. exactly what I am referring to . ME ME ME .. read your comments . It's all POOR ME. Pretty much sums up why the country is in the state it's in. You can say whatever you want and I do not need a kid at Mattison in order to comment. We are all tax payers and most of us have kids in the district. Vicious? the nasty comments are coming from the selfish Mattison parents. I am just defending the rest of the community and the Board.
andthatsthetruth January 19, 2013 at 02:22 PM
And that makes you the hero of the day ! Yee ~ Hah!
CuriousMe January 19, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Except you're the one in this thread who is slinging viscous and sarcastic comments. The parents are speaking about the issues.
Stop the madness January 19, 2013 at 06:49 PM
just keeping it real and telling it like it really is
CuriousMe January 19, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I wish you were, I really do.

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