Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Maybe the timing has more to do with his expiring contract

Readers won’t find it in the Post, since the good reporters were taken off the beat, but it looks like the “propitious” timing that motivated the superintendent to do something about the portables has more to do with his expiring contract and less to do with county demographics.

Weast did nothing about the portables until he realized that local communities would no longer allow him to operate with impunity. He was shocked that the County Inspector General would dare take documented complaints from the peasant population and actually find out that the allegations were not only true, but were understated! He and his cronies (School board member Steve Abrams prominent among them) decided they would ignore the Inspector General’s recommendations and would attack the merits of the report itself.

Then, Weast found that the restless peasants at Seven Locks were actually making headway on the County Council and in the local media by exposing his misguided and possibly corrupt Kendale plan to turn the Seven Locks Elementary School into a high-density housing development and build a huge new school that nobody wanted.

(Seven Locks, one of the smallest public schools in the county, paradoxically was not overcrowded and has just one portable which is used as a reading room.)

The County Council then came down against the superintendent and school board, killing the Kendale project and smacking Weast with another defeat. That followed with the electoral defeats of Weast-backer Steve Silverman in the County Executive primary in September, and Democrat voters’ repudiation of 20-year County Council Education Committee Chairman Michael Subin – the only incumbent thrown out of office in the primary.

Now, Weast is facing calls for the county to refuse to renew his $350,000-a-year contract before it expires in a few months.

So his timing is quite propitious indeed.