The Hamburg School Board and school community have reached new heights with the side shows that have been performed at the monthly school board meetings. It seems that certain off kilter parents and a local attorney appear at monthly meetings with antics that recall the 1970's NBC talent show The Gong Show. The Gong Show featured amateur talents attempting to make it big on network television. Those seeking fame went to great lengths to 'wow' the audiences, and in most instances those performing to the judges were simply making "jack asses" of themselves; hence, the Hamburg metaphor.
The humor of the show lies in the absurd performances and the responses that were given by the star-studded panel of judges. The judges would gong the performer to stop the absurdity and in some cases if the performance was really bad, all the judges would "gang-gong" the performer. In education parlance, the gong was the 1970s equivalent of an "ineffective" rating.
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It was reported to Concerned Hamburger that the performance of local attorney Mr. Dan Chiacchia during the public comment portion of the February 11, 2014 Hamburg Board meeting was nothing short of "Gong Show" material. Certain members of the Hamburg Board of Education attempted to "gong" Mr. Chiacchia off the show, but it has been reported his performance continued despite a partial "gang-gong" by a number of board members. It was reported that Mr. Chiacchia seemed to be experiencing a performance high as he shanghaied the board meeting after his arrival at approximately 9 p.m.. One wonders why a local attorney with a practice on South Park Avenue would arrive at the board meeting solely for public comments, after having someone else sign him in. Mr. Chiacchia, as a officer of the court, should understand the concepts of parliamentary rules and procedures, and comply with the house rules. Certainly, attorneys ought to be held to a higher standard of conduct? February's outburst by Mr. Chiacchia follow his hooligans at the January meeting, which he apologized for at The Hub.
Surely, Mr. Yoviene, you have the mallet for the purpose of keeping order at the Hamburg Board meetings. The next time the equivalent of a "Miss Dolly" attempts to derail the business of the school board, strike down the mallet and have the amateur- unprofessional- attention seekers removed by the police.