Our district faces a budget crisis, and we have all been asked to put our collective heads together to come up with solutions.


 


One solution is to stop the buyout of contracts. After Hank Richardson was unceremoniously fired by Kirk, Black and Rogers, his contract was bought for more than three hundred thousand dollars. This would not have happened under the leadership of Jack Hamilton, Eric Swanson, Nellie Gogley, Bruce Minton and Helen Rogers. How many jobs would we be able to save with this money?


 


The newest board members also bought out the contract of a teacher who was instrumental in getting them elected. Not only did they buy out his contract, they expunged his PERB record that dealt with a documented history of misconduct. Fully knowing that this person raised thousands of dollars for their campaign, why didn't they rescue themselves from the decision making process to eliminate his unsavory record and to buy out his contract? At the very least it has the appearance of a conflict of interest.


 


It has also been said that integrity is making the right choices when no one else is looking. When Rogers, Kirk and Black were in closed session to discuss this person's record and to negotiate the cost of buying out his contact, where were their sense of right and wrong? Did they leave their moral compass at home? What was their definition of ethical conduct at the time?


 


Approximately twenty-five thousand dollars was raised for Kirk, Rogers and Black in their campaign to win a board seat. Did the money, he helped rise for them; influence the amount of his buyout? Was he rewarded with a hundred thousand dollar buyout? A three hundred thousand dollar buyout or was he rewarded with a buyout worth more than five hundred thousand dollars? Again, how many jobs would we have been able to save with this money?


 


I believe it is important for Kirk, Black and Rogers to respond to these questions. Their silence on this matter will speak volumes. It will speak of their guilt and complicity.


 


Thousands upon thousands of tax dollars have been wasted by Kirk, Balk and Rogers. The taxpayers of Hesperia can no longer afford these three people.