The Wilkes Barre Area School District held a special meeting last night. In spite of an attempt by Secret Service to investigate the business as usual policy of nepotism, secret back door meetings, and rampant legal fees.
At the meeting held earlier this month board member had planned to hire their family members, but those items were removed from the agenda, when Secret Service Agents served subpoenas on the board.
Now instead of complying with the Secret Service subpoenas, the board (all but Christine Katsock) opted to hire the law firm of Scartelli and Olszewski "to ensure that we will be in fair and full compliance with the subpoenas, served by the U.S. Secret Service at the board meeting two weeks ago, Toole said in a prepared statement.
- If you wanted to be in full compliance with the subpoenas do you need a lawyer? At any rate thank you Miss Katsock for not voting to defend against the Secret Service subpoenas. I guess we can clearly see who has something to hide, and who doesn’t.
Hire my Wife:
The original agenda had bold printed names for all positions to be hired except 2 blank spots on the agenda, and when citizens questioned why those where left blank the board broke for a SPECIAL closed door meeting, that drew criticism.
"We don't know what's going on back there," said Frank Sorick, the head of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers' Association, who called for the banning of all nepotism hires. "There could be naked pole dancers in there, for all I know."
- Rumor has it, it’s not naked pole dancers Frank, but instead a knock out drag down fight. We were told that one male board member who is usually high tempered to say the least actually offered to punch another in her face. This same board member and his son (who wants to be a teacher for the district) were also rumored to have threatened to rough up Bob Kadluboski.
60 minutes later the board returned and had added the names of the wives of board member Robert Corcoran and Louis Elmy into those spaces.
In the end, neither was hired. James Susek, Maryanne Toole, Lynn Evans and Christine Katsock, voted to block the hires. Dino Gallela, Phillip Latinski and John Quinn voted in the affirmative, with each husband supporting the other's wife.
- So Robert Corcoran and Louis Elmy abstained from voting for their own wife but did however vote for the others. Sounds like a fair trade!
Just before the meeting was called to an end Corcoran asked those who voted against his wife to reconsider, saying she was the best candidate for the job.
Several audience members, who are also part of a recently formed taxpayer watchdog group, reacted out loud. “If at first you don’t succeed, vote, vote again,” said Frank Sorick, president of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers Association
- True story, wow this is the first time Corcoran was ever told NO, and he didn’t know how to deal with it. He even became belligerent with Bob Kadluboski, asking if he was only speaking out because he wanted a job with the district.
- Wake Up Corcoran the
Secret Service might assume that you were trying to bribe Bob to shut up.
A special Thank You to
- James Susek
- Maryanne Toole
- Lynn Evans
- Christine Katsock
For standing up for the taxpayers.
Wake Up Wilkes Barre