The “Shining Star” award is given to intermediate level school board members who have achieved Rising Star status, have participated in Legislative Breakfast, and at least three ECASB programs in a single year, and who have actively serving at least one year on Delegate Assembly, Legislative or Budget/Finance/Program team. Shining Star recipients included, from left: Casey Neyman (Hamburg BOE), Patricia Brunner Collins (Hamburg BOE), Jean Ranney (Clarence BOE), Mary Metzger (Cleveland Hill BOE), and Al McClymonds (Orchard Park BOE, not present for photo). (Source: Erie County Association of School Boards)
Congratulations Vice President Collins, and Mr. Neyman (former BOE member). The Hamburg School community is proud of your accomplishments. We are thrilled that under your administrations, the district has year after year dropped in its rankings. We are over the moon that you serve(d) on a BOE that has brought scandal to the community by your intentional actions to hide the people's business in phony executive sessions. As I drive down Legion Drive and see Mark Crawford's field of dreams ablaze, I wonder why the shining stars didn't point out that the roof is falling in at Boston Valley, and a dozen or so members of the staff have been seriously injured by the decrepit windows in the High School. As you twinkled, you raised the superintendent's salary to more than a member of the Unites States House of Representative while the teacher aides in your galaxy earn less than a living wage. Mr. Neyman and Ms. Collins, you were galaxies away, when your principal at HHS manufactured several hundred points and played games with the educational opportunities of hard working students, at the cost of students who whine.
Shining Stars, where is the $1.8 million gone missing under Mr. Osbourne et. al? Where's the misappropriated funds to the Hamburg School Foundation? Where's the borrowed lottery money? Why did you hire a superintendent who was fired by both of his last two employers? Why have you approved the warrants to pay tens of thousands of dollars to Harris Beach?
Perhaps a more appropriate title for the tenures of Mrs. Brunner-Collins and Mr. Neyman would be Death Stars?