Yesterday at 8:22 a.m., the N-MUSD posted a notice of a special meeting at 9 a.m. today – 38 minutes before the deadline for notifying the public.

There is only one item on today’s special session:

7.a. Public Employee Evaluation: Title – Superintendent (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957)

Yes, that’s correct: Days after they awarded him a tax-sheltered annuity of about $26,000, the school board club is preparing to lavish him with more of your money. They have to: They just rated his performance as “exceptional” in order to give him the maximum merit raise category that resulted in the annuity.

Good timing, too. The district is entering negotiations with the teacher union and the superintendent’s increased compensation will prove to the rank and file that there is plenty of money to spread around.

Calling this “special” meeting on such an important topic with 24 hours notice is a calculated attempt to prevent the public from presenting any comments for the record that may reflect badly on the superintendent. I know because hastily arranged announcements by the board has been standard operating procedure for years.

Really, now… Is there anyone out there who believes that this meeting was a sudden brainstorm at 7 a.m. or so yesterday morning?

It’s disrespectful to taxpayers and sneaky and the trustees should be ashamed of themselves.

But I gave up any hope of that a long time ago.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD