'April's coming, we won't forget'

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Board members held a special meeting Monday night to review and rescind personnel actions they unanimously approved the past week. Why?

Some said they didn't have the opportunity to read the reports prior to the meeting. It was established that the information had been sent to each of them on the Saturday before the meeting. And then, two people who should know better chime in. Pam Charles and Nora Gard had amnesia last week but suddenly could recite chapter and verse relevant policies that were not followed in two promotions for which they had voted the last week. Are we to believe they didn't know these policies a week ago? Hardly! They knew policy last week when they were voting, however, they may not have been as aware of who they were voting for.

A major objection was to a change from Coordinator to Director that they said didn't follow policy, had not been posted and other candidates not allowed to interview. However, two employees last year were promoted from Coordinator to Director using the same procedures. (I refuse to use names but they can be provided). What is different? With all their years on the board and the number of times we have heard Gard and Charles repeat policy why weren't they awake last week? Why did Charles allow those two other employees to be promoted using the same procedure she now finds objectionable? Her bias and animus were on full display. And on her watch Charles allowed a current employee to be demoted this year from Director to Coordinator and allowed her to keep the same salary without using these processes she now so staunchly defends.

Although I hate the phrase, this assertion from Charles that this was done because the public wasn't informed is "fake news" to provide cover for their actions.

We cannot keep board members in place who target employees and practice personal politics. As Mr. Klett said at the meeting, and I quote, "If we don't follow policy we shouldn't be on the board." If you don't read your email, vote unanimously for promotions one week and the next want to rescind the promotion and pretend you only just this moment know policy and apply it, then I say it seems duplicitous and you shouldn't be on the board. April is coming and we won't forget to vote.

Dorothy J. Harrell

Beloit

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