I would like to thank the many people who helped in the effort to recall Robert Kirk. I would like to publicly apologize for my failure to achieve the very necessary goal of ridding our community of its worst enemy -- Robert Kirk. The economic downturn and the real concerns of very busy lives too legitimately concerned with their everyday living struggles to engage in political activity are valid concerns that had real impacts in this effort.


Failure to recall Kirk does not, in any way shape or form, vindicate him or demonstrate support for his hideous actions over the past few years. Blame me for the recall failure, but do not ever believe that it was his support that won this day.


The facts supporting the need for the recall are still in full force. Kirk has regularly threatened and intimidated our Superintendent and his cabinet with loss of their livelihoods if they dare cross him or fail to do his bidding. Kirk, and his cohorts Black and Riley, constantly work to keep parents out of the discussion when it comes to the education of their children. These three also do their work in secret so the general public is unaware of most of their actions.


Kirk led the charge in wasting tens of millions of HUSD general fund dollars over the past few years. It is unconscionable that Kirk can state that he is proud of his accomplishments over the past few years when those include the laying off of over a hundred plus good young teachers this past year alone. I am ashamed of that fact and believe that our current larger class sizes are a direct reflection of his failure to properly manage the direction of funds that were entrusted to him.


Kirk, and his ethically challenged cohorts, will do much more economic and spiritual damage to our district in the upcoming year. They will continue to bargain with unions from their chairs and then blame staff for failures. They will continue to disregard administrative staff and poorly micromanage the district rather than lead, set policy, and team-build. They will continue to disregard parents and their efforts to better their children's educations. And they will do it all, and more, because they think they know more than the highly qualified and professional staff we pay to do the work of educating our kids.


We need to cut six plus million dollars from next year's HUSD budget and we need to have the plan in place by December. Very difficult times are still ahead of us and Kirk and his friends continue to waste HUSD money on personal vendettas and other luxuries no school district can afford during good times, let alone bad.


Our kids deserve better that a bullying board majority who show no interest other than self-interests. Robert Kirk, Hardy Black, and Anthony Riley will continue their efforts to run HUSD into insolvency unless there are checks to their uncontrolled power.