It seemed totally appropriate that Middletown High teachers appeared before the BOE Tuesday night and requested the institution of a Psychology AP course (textbook "$95 per pupil").
The public session began with a recitation of wrongs by regular commenters, then segued to outraged union members amplifying the litany of what they saw as the sins of the administration, the arrival of police officers called in by the BOE chairman and ending with Council member Deb Kleckowski, calling forcefully for the termination of BOE business manager Nancy Haynes.
Kleckowski emphasized that she was not representing the Council, but was offering her criticism as a public citizen.
"I urge the members of the Board of Education to immediately terminate the services of Miss Haynes," Kleckowski said. "We the residents of Middletown do not want a professional, and I use the word loosely, of this substandard behavior to be part of our educational system."
Kleckowski was outraged that Haynes had rejected the efforts of union members to donate sick time to a cafeteria worker who had suffered a stroke and had run out of her own sick time. This kind of donation has, according to Kleckowski and fellow union workers, been a regular practice over the years.
"It's egregious," Kleckowski said after leaving the meeting. "This is a human who is at her most vulnerable, and she (Haynes) denied her a humanitarian gesture. There are no words to describe how wrong I think it is."
Kleckowski also cited the arrest of Haynes for grabbing a BOE employee in the workplace as a sign of unprofessionalism, something several union members complained about during the public session.
Board chairman Ted Raczka said that the issue of Haynes would not be addressed until a judgment had been issued by the court where Haynes' case, for breach of peace, would be heard.
"I told him to sit down and he refused," Raczka told responding officers. "I only hope to be able to maintain order in the room, and he was inciting the crowd."
Officers warned Daniels to maintain order, which he did for the remainder of the time he stayed in the room.
The evening ended after a long executive session. Board member Sheila Daniels left abruptly in the middle of the executive session. When the public was readmitted to the room, BOE member Sally Boske offered a motion to have the BOE hold a press conference to support the beleaguered administration. BOE member Corrine Gill refused to support the motion because she indicated that the issue had not been aired sufficiently. The motion was seconded and passed by all remaining BOE members except for Gill.