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Why Berman Wanted His Review Kept Secret

December 11th, 2009 by jake · 3 Comments

No wonder Sheldon Berman is fighting so hard to keep his evaluation by the school board (illegally) top-secret:

In an affidavit filed in the board’s appeal of a state Attorney General’s opinion that it violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law by conducting Berman’s evaluation behind closed doors, Hujo said he “had serious concerns about Dr. Berman’s performance” and “made inquiries about procedures for implementing certain disciplinary actions against Dr. Berman, including issuing a reprimand and/or terminating his contract.”

Hujo was the only one of the seven board members to call for such drastic action, according to six affidavits filed in the case. In fact, Hujo said in a telephone interview Thursday, other board members and Berman later expressed in the closed-door meeting that they thought Hujo’s sentiments were too strong.

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Despite Hujo’s affidavit Berman said Thursday night that “there has never been any conversation about terminating me. Ever. Not a single board member has ever indicated that to me.”

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Hujo said he wanted his concerns included in Berman’s evaluation, but other board members did not agree. During the closed-door meeting, Berman and the board discussed the evaluation, and Berman said he asked for and was granted word changes in his review. “It was a matter of tone. There was nothing substantive changed in the evaluation,” he said.

Click here to read the entire mess.

Guess it’s not all puppies and rainbows in Shelly’s world, after all!

Tags: Bad Behavior · Education · Jack Conway · JCPS · Scandal · Transparency

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gordon Garrett // Dec 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Surely there has to be someone bright enough from the area that can lead our public schools. Why do we always have to look elsewhere. He really doesn’t even live here!

  • 2 Novena // Dec 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “Tear Down Those Walls, JCPS”

    Secret proceedings are vile happenings in public matters of a supposedly open society. Berman and JCPS school board members should have learned that lesson in junior high.

  • 3 Bill // Dec 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Sounds like something Mayor Happy Pants would come up with about having a secret proceeding. Not exactly hallmarks of a democratic society or open and transparent debate

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