A School Board Trustee recently lowered the BOOM on a Great Falls citizen by using the “I” bomb to describe his associated intellectual level.
Laura Vukasin, can you tell us how you really feel about the taxpayers of our community?
“Laura Vukasin, can you tell us how you really feel about the taxpayers of our community?”
It all starts in a public forum comment section on E-City Beat discussing the upcoming School District Operational Levy, “Do School District Levies Ever Expire?”. A member of the public asks a simple question.
Chuck Harling April 13, 2018 at 1:22 PM
“Question to ask – why do all the buildings and grounds employee’s drive their district vehicle home at night. I followed one van that goes all the way to Stocket. Must be nice to have the tax payer pay for your fuel to drive back and forth. Check it out if you don’t believe me. I heard that it was because they needed them if there was and emergency in the district. Haven’t heard of a lot of painter or carpentry emergencies. Just ask why.”
This question was passed on to Superintendent Lacey via email by Cyndi Baker and on April 18, 2018, Superintendent Lacey responded via email.
“Thank you for bringing the concern indicated in the email below to my attention. The District’s response is in red:
- Why do all the buildings and grounds employee’s drive their district vehicle home at night? All the Buildings and Grounds (B&G) employees don’t drive their vehicles home at night. The Painter, Electrician, Plumber and Carpenter Foremen do as well as the Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. All other vehicles, including the technology vans, are left at the B&G Headquarters at Little Russell.
- I heard that it was because they needed them if there was and emergency in the district. Haven’t heard of a lot of painter or carpentry emergencies. The Foremen are allowed to take their vehicles home because they are on call. Unfortunately, we have vandalism that occurs in our school district and most of it occurs at night or on weekends. This happens more frequently than one would think. When noticed by police, by the very early morning custodians, or on weekends when there are events, the foremen and supervisors are immediately called to the site. As to the “painter and carpentry emergencies,” questioned by Mr. Harling, they are the ones responsible for fixing broken glass (GFPS cuts and installs most of our own glass) and mitigating graffiti. Most recently, the Painter Foreman replaced a window that was broken at a basketball tournament on a weekend at GFHS and the next week sandblasted some obscene graffiti off of a wall at an elementary school before students arrived to see it. Plumbers and electricians are often called out as well to troubleshoot and repair boiler problems and water line breaks. Their vans have the necessary supplies and equipment for emergency repairs. The Supervisor and/or Assistant Supervisor accompany the on-call foremen so there is another pair of hands to do the work.
- I followed one van that goes all the way to Stocket. One foreman does live in Stockett. The efficiency and efficacy of having this foreman immediately available with all of his supplies at any time, versus having him drive to his van at the Headquarters, far outweighs the price of gas to and from Stockett.“
Lacey’s response was passed on to other members of the District, including the School Board Trustees. When Trustee Vukasin received the information she evidently went ballistic, and wrote in an email:
“I am so thankful that those of us who work for/with the GFPS district have enough to do so that we don’t feel it necessary to follow a GFPS work vehicle home every night…..absolutely unbelievable the ignorance of some people….”
So, a taxpayer who is concerned about the District’s stewardship of our hard-earned dollars asks a logical question, and in return his question is labeled as one of ignorance by a sitting school board member? We believe she should be asked to resign immediately. What do you think?