Wikipedia defines Misappropriation as the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person for one's own use or other unauthorized purpose, particularly by a public official, a trustee of a trust, an executor or administrator of a dead person's estate or by any person with a responsibility to care for and protect another's assets (a fiduciary duty). It is a felony, a crime.
So as I feel that there seems to be a continuing “nothing-happened-here” mentality within the Board of Education. Let me try to tell you how I feel. When it comes to the public trust and working FOR your community, I have always believed that being honest and transparent was the only way to go. Don’t lie about what you are doing or not doing while in public office. We don’t have good memories – in fact, my grandfather would always tell me that in order to be a good liar you needed a good memory.
So we have no further comments from the President of the School Board about his and Mr. Quinn’s misappropriation. What about a comment from the Vice-President of the School Board Ms. Merchant? What about the other most senior member of the school Board Mrs. Polow? Does Noam Bramson have an opinion? No, none of them have said anything. They likely clench a fist or rather have lingering seizure-like moments at the thought of providing a comment or verbalizing an opinion on this issue. Why? Is the realization that perhaps a crime has occur worry you all? Is it because it has happened on your watch?
A misconduct has occurred. In my world, one is disciplined, warn, terminated etc. Silence is collusion. Silence is agreeing with the wrongdoer. Perhaps they think that saying something maybe considered a political act! Well not saying anything is also a political act.
I am involved in my community – always trying to empower the young people that they can be whomever they want. Motivating them to go to college as they struggle for a better life. I am at NRHS often enough and I work with many kids who are having difficulty getting into college. The message is always do the right thing, be honest, work hard, and respect your family and your elders. I never imagined that these kids had any idea about the spectacle of Mr. Quinn and Mr. Lacher misappropriating the public trust funds. They are aware of this. You are not helping our community in our efforts to help our kids. Do the right thing and resign Mr. Quinn and Mr. Lacher.
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