Concerned wrote the following For What it's Worth post in January 2011 (in blue) regarding a letter received from the Harris Beach law firm regarding the Hamburg Educational Ethics blog. The letter from Harris Beach, dated January 27, 2011, started with the following paragraph, "We are the attorneys for the Hamburg Central School District (“District”) and are writing with regard to the “hamburgschoolethics” blog for which we understand you created and/or are the blog administrator. It is hereby demanded that you cease and desist from continuing to administer/provide this blog and immediately remove the contents of the blog"
Concerned is certain that the Harris Beach law firm regularly visits this blog, yet is uncertain if it is out of mere curiosity or if the district is actually paying the firm to visit and monitor the activity on the blog. It is the opinion of Concerned that the blog is being monitored by the district's law firm, and our guess is they are not doing it for free. So, in addition to the use of taxpayer dollars to sue a teacher, a private citizen and a current Board Member, the district is also paying Harris Beach to troll the blog? One wonders, where is the money coming from? Dr. Calkins apparently feels compelled to validate the outlandish spending spree she, Mr. Achramovitch and others went on at the Harris Beach law firm to respond to the legitimate complaints of people who have exhibited no hesitation in standing up the the district's questionable tactics.
But, Dr. Calkins what about the other $300,000 in legal fees paid to the Harris Beach law firm you failed to mention in your inappropriate letter to the citizens of Hamburg?
Where did that go to Dr. Calkins?
Hamburg Central School Board of Education was there a resolution made at a Board of Education meeting to pay the Harris Beach law firm to monitor this blog?
Perhaps the Board of Education should spend more of its time monitoring the internal affairs of the district, so that the incompetence that was cause for the $1.3 million transportation issue, the $1.8 million in "missing funds", or the approximate $90,000 plus that was questionably moved to the Hamburg School Foundation does not happen again.
If anyone who reads this blog does not already know, the posts I write are the opinions of this blogger. Therefore, when I wrote that the "school board violates open meetings laws" it was my opinion because it has yet to be proven in a court of law. The posts that are titled "from a reader" are the opinions of the readers who sent me the information and I make every effort to investigate the validity of the content before they are posted. Despite my efforts to reveal the truth, the District hired the law firm of Harris Beach and a lawyer from Harris Beach sent me a letter demanding that I cease and desist this blog. The letter specifically references my posting about the RSB violating Open Meetings Laws, hence the opening sentence. The letter goes on to say that they are working with Google to obtain my IP address to reveal Concerned Hamburger's identity. Also, if I wasn't aware already, I should know that no one on the Internet is truly anonymous. Readers, I do not know how much it is costing the District to have Harris Beach investigate this blog, but I would believe it is not cheap. However, the larger issue is when the District is financially strained, why are they paying a law firm to investigate the author of a blog? Does this investigation take priority over clubs, supplies, programs, etc.? It it of the opinion of this blogger (for the lawyers at Harris Beach in case it wasn't clear) that the legal issues seem to have increased since Achramo took the helm. I cannot remember a time when Hamburg used lawyers this extensively. The RSB must ask itself if all these legal issues are worth it? Is it worth spending tax dollars to investigate this blog, especially if it means cutting something else in the District?
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