Utica schools Superintendent Marilyn Skermont Friday morning said she would not include a copy of the union-approved contract in her report to the board saying the item still was under negotiation. Portions of her report also are usually given to the Observer-Dispatch on Fridays.Administrators can say whatever they want during a "presentation" . . . leaving out "details" that they consider "unimportant" (wink wink). The interests of the public are not always served by the administrators, and are not always served by the teachers' union. One can imagine scenarios where the union and administrators work in collusion with each other, accruing benefits unto themselves that are unacceptable to the people paying the bill.
She said there would instead be a presentation of the contract to the board Tuesday night.
Forcing a board to rely on administrators' interpretations of a contract (particularly those of a lame-duck superintendent) rather than allowing the board to read for itself, with time for digestion, the details of the contract is disrespectful to the Board, disrespectful to the public who elected the board, and is an attempt to turn the Board into a rubber stamp for the Teachers' Union and administration.
Approval of the proposed teachers' contract should be tabled until the next regular board meeting, so the details of the contract may be scrutinized.
This is Manipulation Technique 6: Keep the details secret. Just add it to the list of manipulation techniques I posted two years ago.