Seth Sherman | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seth Sherman 
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Re: “Steve Goodkind to Run for Burlington Mayor

I look forward to hearing Steve Goodkind's views on the state of the city and his direction as mayor, and welcome the chance to vote for him. He has significant qualifications. Just hope he doesn't run as a Prog as that may sink him out of the gate. Indie is probably the way to go...aka Angus King...

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Posted by Seth Sherman on 11/20/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Admonished Over Resignations

When do we get to hear the full story? I want names and I want to know what was said that was so inappropriate to the 3 admins! Or is it all manufactured? Right now this whole thing comes off as a putsch by the 3 resigned Admins. backed by the education mafia literally standing behind them in the pics to sabotage any potential reform to what seems to be a dirty and corrupt school district budget/ system that refuses to account for itself with anything resembling normal financial controls to the degree where it doesn't even pay the I.R.S. Even the private auditors said they could not account for the school budget as the trail goes cold from bad book-keeping.

It seems like the school budget/system is a black box. A system has been created and encouraged where you can't follow the money. A budget that was based on last year's budget and the year before that? In East Montp/U32 this type accounting resulted in a U32 Dept head finishing his house to the tune of 50,000 plus until he was caught embezzling/stealing from the district.

What is the problem with instituting proper financial controls on a near 100 million dollar budget?? You would be insane not to. Why would good people object to such basic reform?? And things should be civil no matter what but the public has a right to the facts not to innuendo trying to damage people. If people did get out of line then they should apologize.

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Posted by Seth Sherman on 10/27/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Interim Burlington School District Leaders Resign Over Conflict With Board

Interesting comments. Burlington, VT puts the 'fun' in dysfunction. I only wonder if all the drama-rama points to a deeper issue re. The Burl school system in its current form is simply unmanageable. There are too many vested interests. Under Collins it seems to have tried to be all things to all people and could pay for it b/c of generous and vapid taxpayers as if $$ solves all problems. (Let's put it in the budget and see if it passes...) Perhaps the recession, debt, and housing costs, etc. have changed that. And the lack of understanding of a school board's mission--to get the best education and bang for the buck--, and lax scrutiny, and board stacking and credential chasing by the education mafia may also be partially to blame. And what may be needed now is a streamline education process that simply prepares kids for the next stages in their lives to think critically, analytically, creatively. Sometimes I wonder if the BTV school system is more like a year-round summer camp. It's been my experience that education is not always fun.

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Posted by Seth Sherman on 10/25/2014 at 11:51 AM

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