Begin forwarded message:
From: Bob Dunton <email@example.com
Date: February 26, 2014 at 8:47:30 PM PST
To: Bob Dunton <firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Victoria Purvine <email@example.com
>, anthony calcagno <firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Trying my Patience
Dear Friends of Corbett Charter School,
The Corbett School District Board killed two birds with one stone at their most recent 'special' meeting.
First, they got to repeat the character assassination that they originally orchestrated at their regular board meeting (or was that meeting special too?) when they lined up several Corbett employees to slander me with vague accusations of a wide variety of nothing in particular. That's just business as usual. But they also used the occasion to attempt to bully Corbett Charter School's volunteer Board.
The vehicle for achieving both of these goals was a letter to the Corbett Charter School Board of Directors (For some reason it had to be read aloud to the entire community!) implying that its members might somehow be held responsible for my correspondence to the Corbett Charter School Community.
They sent each of your volunteer board members registered copies of the letter that they had already read out loud in public. Why would they do that? Because registered letters are scary! They give the appearance of impending legal action. (This would be ironic indeed, given the illegal action they're attempting of late!)
Really? Threatening your Board members? And threatening them because the six angry men read somebody else's mail and didn't like what they saw? (To their credit, Directors Tori Purvine and Annette Calcagno raised several objections to both the details and the concept of the letter and voted against sending it.)
Why does CSD even care what I write to you? That's easy. They care because they see you as their market, their domain, their potential revenue flow. We wouldn't want to put that at risk.
Attacking charter parents who volunteer to serve on your board is a despicable act: an act of collaborative cowardice.
Back when CSD was only working to slander and intimidate me, I was somewhat exasperated and a little hurt. But going after the Charter Board? Are you kidding? It's far too late, I suppose, to ask whether they 'have no shame', as the saying goes. "Asked and answered", as the lawyers would say.
Now comes the punch line. Like a yurt in the East Wind, the CSD Board's letter was poorly planned and, at the end of the day, its execution was what your kids would call 'an epic fail'.
Corbett Charter School has a Board of Directors, but none of us got the letter. "Corbett Charter School" is the name under which the Corbett Charter School Association does its business with Corbett School District. Corbett Charter School Association Board of Directors appoints the Director and is the only organization that can be held accountable for the Director's job performance. Corbett School District's Charter Agreement is with Corbett Charter School Association. (Those ten letter words will sometimes slip right by unnoticed!) (I suspected that they hadn't read the document.)
This sad attempt at harassment is just the latest in a long Series of Unfortunate Events that has haunted CSD for the past eighteen or twenty months. Mostly they've been funny, with some occasional exceptions that could only be called vindictive.
But the attack on your volunteer parent Board is a whole new kind of wrong.
Oh, and for those who wonder how I got 'six' angry men, only five are board members. One works for them. And do we want to talk about holding the CSD board accountable for his conduct? Should we send registered letters?
Enjoy your evening.
Bob Dunton, Director
Corbett Charter School
President, Corbett Charter School Association