By Harold Herskowitz
I will never forget the Board of Education meeting that I attended in which newly elected members, Carl Fink, Chesky Seitler and Isaac Zlatkin proudly sat on the board. As promised, they had begun to try to pass their agenda of cost cutting measures. They were firing teachers, and other employees that they felt were no longer needed. Of course many of those being fired were there to protest. Some had been devoted teachers for many years, and many explained that the loss of their job will put them in severely financial straits. I remember being shocked at the indifference on the face of Carl Fink and Chesky Seitler. After all the discussion about trimming the budget, Carl Fink asked a question from the Township Attorney. "Are we getting medical insurance?" Michael Inzelbuch rolled his eyes, while those attending the meeting began to hiss, and laugh out loud. Here was a group saying how they were dedicated to reducing the school budget responsibly, asking about a personal perk for themselves.
Fast forward two years later. After approving an exorbitant rental agreement for their ofices, playing power games with special ed providers, ignoring public school student's needs, bringing negative media attention to a school board that is mostly controlled by the Orthodox Community. Now to add insult to injury, they are buying themselves IPADS!! It is not bad enough that most of them sit there texting throughout meetings, now perhaps they want to be able to play ANGRY BIRDS during those long sessions as well. Or maybe they have to keep up with their bids on EBAY for discount school supplies. Forget about the fact that nine IPADS should not cost NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Are they going to be allowed to take these IPADS home with them? Will their families be enjoying all the fun things you can do on an IPAD when they are not sitting on the table at board meetings? Will they come preloaded with the new IPAD Artscroll Talmud? Who will pay for the Apps and games? Do they need to get an ishur from their Rabbi? Will they have to have a filter?
Too bad we can't put a filter on the entire Board of Ed to remove such selfish acts while pretending to try to save the taxpayers their hard earned money.