Thursday, March 13, 2008

Is The School Board Fix In for the Next Superintendent?

Brian's Blog was the first to point out that the school board in its meeting of taking the 12 applicant files from 12 to 5 semi-finalist potentially violated the Tennessee Open Meeting Records Law in casting their votes by secret ballot. This past Sunday with school board members Cindy Buttry and Thomas Deakins as guests on the Hubert Smith Radio Show. Hubert Smith's Radio Show was the second to bring it to the public's attention. This issue is not dead. It is a troublesome issue that the board must address, sooner rather than later.

Then tonight two community forums were held. The first with School Superintendent finalist James McIntyre was held from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. and the second with School Superintendent finalist Robert Thomas was held from 6:30 -7:15 p.m. The third community forum will be held tomorrow from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. with School Superintendent finalist Brian Bingelli. The only problem is most people are working at 1:00 p.m. and for those of us that may decide to take a two hour break, we will be watching Tennessee's first game in the SEC men's basketball tournament on WVLT Volunteer TV. Bingelli's community "meet and greet" should be a community forum just as the other two were and it should be held from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

The video of the Saturday March 8, 2008 interview of Brian Bingelli was not posted on the school system website until yesterday March 12, 2008.

The dinners with the board for Robert Thomas on Wednesday was held at Calhouns on Bearden Hill. The dinner with the board for James McIntyre this evening is being held at Calhoun's on Bearden Hill. The dinner with the board for Brian Bingelli on Friday will be held at the upscale West Knoxville restaurant, Peerless.

Both Robert Thomas and James McIntyre began their days at 7:30. While Bingelli is not beginning his day until 9:00 a.m.

Brian's Blog has requested the itineraries of the three site visits in an attempt to have a Brian's Blog contributor present. We will compare those itinaries as we prepare our contributors schedules in Boston, Fairfax and Knoxville.

Is the fix in for one candidate over the other two?

A reasonable person can conclude such an idea with the evidence that has been submitted as of this date.

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