School Board President Blames Superintendent For Illegal Meeting
Steps Up Attack on Board Member Whistleblower
The latest shoe to drop in the continuing Emery School Board Brown Act scandal was brought by Board President John Affeldt in a letter crafted this morning to the rest of the Board and the Emeryville City Council (below) where Mr Affeldt finally admits the private meeting held by him and two other Board members in the Superintendent's office before a public Board meeting November 18th was illegal. However Mr Affeldt, an attorney in addition to being Emery's School Board President, hitched his accounting of the Board's Brown Act violation to Superintendent John Rubio's explanation and acceptance of personal culpability for the illegal meeting in a letter Rubio sent over the weekend and as such, Mr Affeldt escapes any responsibility. The fault lies with Mr Rubio, Mr Affeldt accepts.
After the admission that a "technical violation" had occurred when the Board quorum met in private behind closed doors as covered by the Tattler and the greater Bay Area press, President Affeldt used the rest of his letter to chastise Mr Patz for blowing the whistle on the Board, the bigger problem it would seem. He added this sort of airing of the District's dirty laundry is not good for the children, better to "work productively" he said in the letter.
Below is Board President Affeldt's contribution to the back and forth in the on-going scandal:
I will let the Superintendent’s response address the substance of your concerns, except to reiterate that the Board is committed to following the Brown Act, we appreciate your identifying the technical violation and that such will be corrected going forward.
What is disconcerting is the fact that you have chosen to act in such a divisive and confrontational manner. I know the rest of the Board remains committed to working together productively in the best interests of the students and believe we could have reached the same result without your engaging in legal threats.
What is even more disappointing is your unfounded assertion at the Board meeting on November 18th, reiterated in your letter, that decisions were made and funds were allocated behind closed doors. You are fully aware that the group of individuals in the meeting had no such authority. Moreover, all facts demonstrate that the meeting was a mechanical compilation of potential outstanding ECCL construction costs generated for presentation that night to the full board and the public in an open meeting to enhance transparency about the status of the ECCL project. When you engage in inaccurate assertions for which you have no basis in fact, you do a tremendous disservice to open and honest civic dialogue and to the proper and effective functioning of our schools.
I genuinely remain open to working productively with you and the rest of the Board moving forward.
EUSD Board President