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Apology to Counsel Karbonik

June 5, 2017

The following was read at the May 30 ECSD public Board Meeting:

I would like to wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologize to Counsel Carole Karbonik for the disrespectful remark that I made at our Public Board meeting held March 21st, 2017. Carole is a professional who is following orders, like any other district employee, and she deserves to be respected at a public board meeting and it is the Superintendent and the Board who should be held accountable, not our staff. I’ve blogged before about how I believe she is put in a terribly awkward position in her role in the district which is under the direct authority of the Superintendent.  I should have been mindful of this when I made my remarks. My issue is with our process, not with her and I regret my remark. This has been a teachable moment for me and I hope also for the Board and Superintendent.  We should be mindful of the difficult position with which we are placing our staff – especially our legal counsel when we ask them to provide an opinion on an issue that affects their role in our district directly.  Asking Ms. Karbonik to give a legal opinion on her supervisor’s contract was completely and unequivocally unfair.  On January 27, 2017 prior to the vote on the Superintendent`s contract I did recommend to the Board that we get an external legal opinion on the contract however, my recommendation went unheeded by the Board.  So it is the Board and the Superintendent to whom I should be directing my concern not to Counsel Karbonik.  For this I am very sorry. Again, my apologies to Counsel Karbonik.

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