An open letter to the West Hempstead Board of Education:
It is about time that you put an end to the around your fellow board member Mrs. Cynthia DiMiceli.
She stands accused of breaking the law for exercising her constitutional right to freedom of speech as well as her fiduciary responsibility to her constituents by expressing her personal views on the proposed school budget in a letter mailed to the community by her own funds.
You all very well know, including your seasoned veteran attorney, that the legal authority of individual school board members as outlined in the handbook given to each and everyone of you when first elected, states:
“School Board members have the right to express their own personal views on school district issues, including the school budget and other propositions. However…when writing a letter:
a: …. They must explicitly state that the letter expresses their personal views
b. Not use district funds: http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba_pdf/LegalOMLPresentations09.pdf
The personality conflicts among the seven of you is the real problem .
In your eagerness to discredit Mrs. DiMiceli you have succeeded in discrediting yourselves as a trustworthy and transparent governing body.
It is time you look in the mirror and ask yourselves:
If your children behaved in this manner, if they withheld the truth and allowed a person they dislike to be wrongfully accused, what would you expect them to do?
It is about time you restored an innocent person’s most valuable commodity, their reputation.
It is time you apologized to the community you serve and restore your own credibility.
Prove to all you were worth electing.
West Hempstead and our students need to look up to something better than what they see right now.
Honesty is more than not lying, it is about truth telling.
West Hempstead Resident