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Alton Center Superintendent William ‘Bill’ Lander is NOT telling us anything we didn’t already know. I had told you that this was a meaningless vote as soon as it was taken (though I readily confess that I am the one that set them up for taking the vote).
However, I do NOT think that Lander should have made the statement he did WITHOUT first having told that to the Board.
Two of us at the last Board meeting requested that Lander informs all of us as to the implications and ramifications of the vote.
There has been NO PUBLIC board meeting since the vote.
So Lander did not make this ‘of no consequence‘ statement to the Board. Instead he scurries off and tells it to a journalist.
That he has NO RESPECT for this Board has been abundantly clear for months — and I have written about it. To be fair, Lander has them by their short and curlies. The Board reports to him, not the other way around. He has nothing to lose and everything and MORE to gain. He got the board, in March 2013, to give him an iron-clad, platinum parachute THREE YEAR (3) contract. So now he can disrespect the Board as much as he wants and I don’t blame him. This Board has done nothing to earn his respect. They have too many secrets between them and Lander knows all the secrets.
That said, I am UPSET that he so blatantly disrespects the
Board Chair, Sandy Wyatt.
This is the second time in 2 months that he really has put the kindly, gentle lady in an awkward situation. I am getting a terrible feeling that he enjoys putting Mrs. Wyatt on the spot. Wonder if he would treat a male Chair the way he treats ‘poor’ Mrs. Wyatt?
Lander got Mrs. Wyatt to read a glowing account of his friend that he was hiring to be the $3,000 facilitator without telling Mrs. Wyatt all the facts. Mrs. Wyatt ended up with egg on face though they ended up trying to sort it out in non-public session.
Lander should have first run this past the Board at the next meeting.
That he didn’t was disrespectful to the Chair, Mrs. Wyatt.
Mrs. Wyatt deserves better. I don’t really know her. I have only seen her at Board meetings. BUT, she over the last few months has earned our unstinted respect (and at least when it comes to me, that isn’t easy). She really is trying to do what is good for Alton. She is fair, somewhat patient and follows the rules.
But there is NOTHING, NADA, that the Board can do. They are his pawns.