Tim Hanretty pleads not guilty of embezzling funds from Portola Valley School District
Original post made on Jun 19, 2012
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on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Is this what Portola Valley wanted?
Cause they sure tried REAL hard to make it happen.
What kind of people hire a man who has questionable ethics when dealing with public money, and then make him CBO AND Superintendent? Is Portola Valleys School Board REALLY that dumb?
on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Thankfully the contractor who did the work on his home is a cooperative witness.
on Jun 20, 2012 at 9:02 am
Viewing this case as some isolated tragedy will only lead to similar events in the future and leave the further mistakes currently underway unexposed.
When those who hold power operate without transparency, behind closed doors, as Tim did habitually, the results will never be for the greater good.
The school board must be held accountable not just for Tim's criminality, but for their pattern of operation that led to this situation and ultimately harms the schools in a myriad of ways. The open board meetings are really nothing more than a formality, voting on what has already been decided in private- based on the the will of a small group with undue influence.
Another example of the Board's current methodology is evaluating the acting Superintendant (Carol Piraino) based on her own collected data! She directs the administration and content of the staff and community surveys, she decides on how and what educational data is collected and presented to the Board. In her eyes, she must be a fabulous success; a point of view that she will surely communicate to the Board.
Local, national and world politics are screaming for more democracy and transparency from US banking to the "Fast and the Furious" to Egypt's military rulers to Portola Valley, as those who benefit from the lack of power-sharing work every angle to hold onto their power.
Why not start from scratch, have some Board elections rather than appointments for a change, and institute a method of public dialogue about school issues?