I find it amusingly ironic that the so-called tea party members of the Altoona Area School Board, who ran on the platform of saving the taxpayers money at any cost, are now willing to spend $170 an hour for an attorney and embroil the district in a lawsuit that has the potential to run into hundreds of thousands of dollars for what is increasingly looking like a personal vendetta against Superintendent Dennis Murray.
Does anyone else see gross hypocrisy here?
I think perhaps we should be investigating whether or not any of these members have close ties to disgruntled employees or former employees with an ax to grind who may be fueling this debate.
If there were mistakes made, they could be quickly rectified by meeting face to face with Murray for an explanation rather than grandstanding in the press.
Failure to include an item on a board agenda is not a reason to destroy the career of a man who has contributed more to this community than all five of the tea party posse will in their lifetimes combined.
I could see this as being a problem if Murray had in any way profited from any of the raises, but these vicious attacks go far beyond a concern for improper procedures, and as a taxpayer, I am more concerned about the expenditure of tax money to prove a point by an ego-driven agenda.
There is definitely a reason that school districts all across Pennsylvania have copied and emulated programs put in place in Altoona through Murray's vision and good management. But instead of honoring him in his retirement for his many achievements, a few ill-informed people are seeking to follow the example of the Penn State board by trying to destroy a brilliant career.
And while we are on the subject of the Altoona Area School District, if there is so much controversy surrounding McAullife Heights, why not bring all the other buildings into the same model and require the same commitment to excellence and spirit of cooperation employed at McAullife Heights?
Trust me, no child ever was harmed by being required to wear a uniform, and no parent was ever harmed by being more involved.
Sandy Harshbarger, Altoona