|“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”|
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Dr.Joan Calkins is NOT the person she appears to be.
Dr. Joan Calkins, President of the Hamburg Board of Education, is a sociopath who found common ground in the likes of Hamburg School Superintendent Steven Achramovitch. Dr. Joan Calkins and Mr. Steven Achramovitch are crooks*, they are stealing your tax dollars and diverting your money to expensive attorneys to fund a witch hunt. Hamburg taxpayers they are taking your hard earned money, trampling on your Constitutional rights, and seeking their own personal gain.
It's the facts.Joan and Steve have spent over $500,000 in legal fees. They have spent over $40,000 on Freedom of Information (F.O.I.L) requests. F.O.I.L requests do not require attorney involvement. The district has a F.O.I.L. officer, who gets paid. The school district under Joan Calkins and Steve Achramovitch used attorneys to thwart the publics right to information, and it cost you the taxpayer over $40,000. This should not be surprising. Joan, Steve and others are crooks and are trampling on your Constitutional rights.
Secrecy not privacy is the policy of Steve and Joan.
The New York State Committee on Open Government makes this point loud and clear. If an executive session is not properly noticed and convened, then it is not an executive session, it is a public meeting. The Hamburg School Board did not properly notice the meeting of 9-21-10 and were found guilty of this in NYS Supreme Court.
Public meetings can be recorded.
NYS COMMITTEE ON OPEN GOVERNMENT LINK
Speculation abounds that Joan, Steve and the other plaintiffs in the case are working hard to keep dirty secrets about themselves and prominent members of the community hidden away from the public, and any further release of the recording of the public meeting of 9-21-10 will blow the top off the filthy hands that have had a stranglehold on the Hamburg School District for many years. Hamburg taxpayers have been duped by crooks, and it is time to stand up and get rid of these warped minded individuals.
Joan has taken to deceptive campaigning in the upcoming school board election in an attempt to hide the truth from the public. Concerned has heard reports of large document files being removed from the Administration Building on Abbott Road. Concerned was also tipped off that some administrators have been threatened to vote for Joan and her running mate (who bears a striking resemblance to former US Attorney General "Janet" Reno). As a matter of fact, Joan Calkins' running mate, "Janet" has never attended school board meeting, yet she feels qualified to send out hypocritical brochures claiming expertise in confidential district matters. "Janet" is simply running to keep the district's lies and secrets under lock and key.
The latest propaganda being distributed around town is the lie that the Hamburg School District was forgiven over $1.3 million in transportation aid penalties by NYSED. A few years ago, Mr. Tom Bagley, a plaintiff in the "lawsuit" aiming to line his pockets, simply forgot to put the postage on a very important transportation aid report due to the NYSED. Yep, while making approximately $100,000 per year, he simply forgot to drop a report in the mail. Mr. Bagley should have been fired for incompetence. Now, the district is lying to the public saying NYSED forgave them the $1.3 million. This is simply untrue and a flat out lie. There is no report on the NYSED web page. Three Governors of NYS vetoed Hamburg's request to forgive the $1.3 penalty, and now miraculously the Commission of Education forgave Hamburg. The Commissioner of Education CAN NOT override the vetoes of 3 Governors. We know that Commission John King takes his last name very seriously, but he is not a king and he has no authority to forgive penalties nor override vetoes.
According to the Buffalo News the district allegedly found out in late April 2013 that they had been forgiven by NYSED. So why wasn't the community notified then, and why wasn't this matter communicated during the many budget hearings and school board meetings since late April? This is trumped up baloney crafted by Steve and used by Joan and "Janet" as election stunts.
Hamburg voters, you have the power to remove Joan Calkins from the Board of Education. She is not who she appears to be. While she may play the community minded, down on the farm, small time physician who is being unfairly treated, that is nothing more than her community face. In secrecy she is a rotten, vindictive person with a hidden agenda that includes keeping the secrets of the Hamburg School District locked away. Joan is not in this for the kids. If Joan cared about Hamburg Schools, she would lead the charge to fire Steve Achramovitch, and make some attempt to heal the wounds that have been created in Hamburg.
Instead, Joan Calkins M.D., child health care provider extraordinaire, is leaching a sickness through out Hamburg School schools and community, and leading the charge to attack Constitutional rights.
* Concerned Hamburger considers misuse of taxpayer dollars at the hands of public officials to be theft. A generally accepted term for those who are thieves is crook.