While the N-MUSD happily goes about herding as many as 22 cats to help create a new logo, there is a major problem looming – one that fell off my radar when I noticed it on Monday.

There was an agenda item for the closed door session that preceded Tuesday’s school board club meeting that read: 3.a. Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation. There is a significant exposure to litigation against the District. One potential case. (Government Code sec. 54956.9(d)(2).)

The Government Code that is referenced refers only to matters of conduct by a public board. The real question is regarding that “anticipated litigation.”

Yes, readers, you may be saddled with even more legal fees in the near future. The part that really concerns me is the “significant exposure.” That is code for “big bucks.”

But you know what? The district doesn’t care. Doesn’t matter what the legal thing is, they’ll gladly pay if it stops embarrassing information or preserves the status quo. How do I know? Because past behavior is the best predictor of future performance and in the past, paying up is what they did, or in the case(s) of John Caldecott, it’s what they are doing.

Anticipated litigation. Significant exposure. Another lawsuit. More tax dollars that could go to teachers, classifieds, or to classrooms will instead go to attorneys and possibly to whomever may be suing the district.

But hey! it’s only (your) money and there’s lots more where that came from.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD

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