The public’s right-to-know what bureaucrats are doing with our money is a concept that’s reluctantly embraced if not ignored by–you guessed it–bureaucrats, as two events this week illustrate.
The Union reported Tuesday that the Nevada Joint Union High School District is again playing musical chairs with the principal’s job at Nevada Union, posting an opening for the job internally.
As is typical of the high school district, Superintendent Louise Johnson wouldn’t even discuss the job listing when contacted by the paper, but did say the district is planning for 159 fewer students next year and wants to eliminate two administrative positions.
The man who’s losing his job, Mike Blake, was more forthcoming, making it clear that he is not happy with being reassigned. “It’s not my decision. It’s not a voluntary thing,” Blake said.
When he got the job in 2010, Blake was the sixth principal at the school in 13 years. His appointment came at a time when the district learned NU would not receive a full six-year accreditation, instead getting a three-year extension. It recently received another three-year accreditation.
Johnson is the district’s fourth superintendent since 2010 (that includes one who was hired but took another job before starting work). Through it all, the board of trustees has said little publicly about why all of these changes are necessary, or even what they’re trying to accomplish.
But trustee Richard Baker, who isn’t seeking re-election, said he is tired of dealing with adults behaving badly. That should reassure taxpayers.
Then there’s the office of the county Clerk/Recorder, which announced Wednesday that the mailing of ballot to residents who vote by mail will be delayed a week because of a printing error.
So who was responsible for this error? Sandy Sjoberg, assistant clerk/recorder, wouldn’t say. While the printer is absorbing the cost of the mistake, the initial job was paid for by taxpayers and this isn’t a CIA black ops project, so why is it a big secret?
The Union reported the printer is ProVote Solutions of Porterville, which had to reprint 15,000 absentee ballots for Sonoma County in 2010 because of an error. Maybe that’s why she didn’t want to name the culprit.
Trust our bureaucrats. They know what’s best for us.
LEADERSHIP? Why does county Clerk/Recorder Gregory Diaz always seem to leave it to his staff when there’s bad news to report? Leadership means being out front all the time.