One must question the mental health of Superintendent Cornell and the Boars of Education. In a recent document, the Hamburg Central School District stated that the budget is $1 million short for next school year 2016-17. Two days after the announcement of teacher cuts and shortages of money, the same people met and decided to file a lawsuit against one of the teachers in the district. It is clear, Cornell and the Boars feel the attorneys at Hodgson Russ are more deserving of your taxpayer dollars than the children of Hamburg.
It seems that delusional behavior is a pre-requisite to sit on the Hamburg School Board. It no secret, that the Boars reached down to the bottom of the barrel in desperation when selecting Michael Cornell to be Superintendent. The truth of the matter is, no one wanted the job and Cornell, much like Doctor Jetter, would do anything to become a school superintendent*.
So just hours after admitting the short fall of $1 million, and recommending cuts in staff, the district filed a lawsuit against a teacher, who recently was victorious in a disciplinary matter. Concerned Hamburger was notified that the judge who presided in the matter stated the district's actions against the teacher are a "sham". So after a grueling defeat the boars turn around and claim fowl play and sue the teacher in NYS Court. Money is no object for these folks. The ten days of hearings held at the Embassy Suites on Delaware Avenue in the City of Buffalo cost the taxpayers of Hamburg in excess of $250,000, and it isn't over yet.
One has to wonder what the heck is going on here? Cornell, who was in the district for only 6 months, and who allegedly never met the teacher in question, made up what is said to be quite a story of missing lesson plans from 2013. Concerned was told that Brent Jordan, Michael Gallagher and Colleen Kaney testified about the missing lesson plans, but none of the aforementioned over paid administrators witnessed the absent lesson plans first hand. The hearing officer called Jordan untruthful, and when questioned Kaney had to admit in testimony that she never ever had any conversation with the teacher in question. It was revealed, that Cornell, Jordan, Kaney and Gallagher, each making well over $125 K per year spent ten days sitting around a hotel room in downtown Buffalo waiting for their turn to lie under oath. **
The case amounted to a whole bunch of hearsay, and a considerable amount of prevarication. The case against the teacher is so wacky, the hearing officer blasted the district in the decision, and now the Boars are crying in their tea.
Fear not Hamburg taxpayers, you will continue to fund the attacks as the district is using your money to run the meter for at least 10 lawyers at the Hodgson Russ law firm.
* including the dirty work of CHA and his pal the not so honorable Andrew Fleming.
** CH was told that on one of the hearing days, Cornell arrived at noon for a 8 a.m. start, 4 hours late. His excuse, was that his wife won a Wegmans gift card on the radio and he had to go grocery shopping. The real irony is Cornell accused the teacher of not doing their job, and then he spent half a day doing his Christmas ham shopping at Wegmans when he should've been at work. What a loser.
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