Education

Pro-CRT school board chair moves, won’t resign

In Essex, Springfield, concerned citizens assemble

by Guy Page

Citizen gatherings to oppose Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its public school proponents will take place this evening on opposite sides of the state.

VT Liberty Network will hold a public meeting at 5-6 pm in Commons Park in Springfield. The gathering is billed as an “educational meeting for concerned parents.” VT Liberty Network founder John Klar has been in the forefront of critics of Marxist-based CRT and Vermont school’s ‘equity and diversity’ training on which it is based.

Klar said Springfield school superintendent is leading the charge to implement CRT-based training, despite its negative effects on students.

“Children are being indoctrinated to hate their own parents,” Klar said in a recent VT Liberty video. “It’s already happening, and [UVM Professor] Aaron Kindswater is showing how horribly damaging this is to children. But they’re going to do it anyway. Who would ever trust their children with someone like Zach Mclaughlin in charge? ‘Let’s have a discussion about race,’ that’s what they say… Vermont is a wonderful place. And it’s the last place in the world to be called white supremacist, just cause it’s white.”

The meeting precedes by four days a September 25, Springfield Town Library speaking event by black poet Rajnii Eddins, who has been criticized by Klar for poetry that he says is actually hate-filled and divisive:

“The next time you wear a Native American costume
You will be scalped and hung
By the flag you hold so dear
The next time you wear black face
Tap-dancing in layers of burnt cork and grease
To mock our monstrous plight
It will become permanent
And none
Of your lily white loved ones
Will recognize you
You will be burned at the stake
Like only a true n—
Or a fa— could be….”

BLM flag, Essex School Board chair residency in question tonight

The Essex-Westford School District board meeting tonight, Tuesday at 6.30 pm in the Essex High School cafeteria will determine if the Black Lives Matters flag remains raised, according to a notice from citizen activists.

“We are likely to hear discussion on Chairwoman Kim Gleason’s potential ineligibility to remain on the board,” the notice states. In a Sept. 15 letter to other school board members, School Board Chair Gleason – a strong proponent of CRT-based education – admitted she has sold her Essex home, and that “we have had a second property in Grand Isle for 13 years.” Land records show she and her husband own “a 5800 sq. ft. lake front estate on 2.2 acres in Grand Isle, with an estimated Zillow value of $1,367,400,” citizen activists say.

Yet in the same letter, Gleason does not commit to resigning, and instead cites state law saying that “‘resident’ shall mean a person who is domiciled in the town as evidenced by an intent to maintain a principal dwelling place in the town indefinitely and to return there if temporarily absent, coupled with an act or acts consistent with that intent.”

Gleason’s interpretation of the law shows that even though she lives elsewhere, her possible intent to return to Essex means she needn’t resign. “I understand that the sections of the law cited below are relevant in this case, and that the matter is one of intent,” Gleason said. “The timing for such a transition is not stipulated in the law. However, should my situation change, I will inform the board, and I will step down.”

Gleason was appointed to the State Board of Education in April, 2019. Before being named to the EW School Board, she had served on the Essex Town School Board since April of 2007. In April, 2019 she has also served on the Board of the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) for the last six years. She was also appointed by Governor Scott to serve on the Vermont Municipal Employee Retirement System (VMERS) Board of Trustees and from there was appointed to the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC).

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  1. “‘resident’ shall mean a person who is domiciled in the town as evidenced by an intent to maintain a principal dwelling place in the town indefinitely and to return there if temporarily absent, coupled with an act or acts consistent with that intent.”

    “IS domiciled…” “evidenced… intent to MAINTAIN A PRINCIPAL DWELLING PLACE…” and ACTS CONSISTENT WITH [and evidence of] intent to return there [the principal dwelling place] if temporarily absent.”

    This woman is full of BS.

  2. Is Ms. Gleason a ‘legal voter’ in the Essex school district? If not, by statute (16 V.S.A. § 558), she is not eligible to serve on the Essex board.

    There are also the ‘Conflict of Interest’ questions addressed by 24A V.S.A. § 107-2.9

    “No member of any Town or Town School District board, commission, or committee shall vote on any matter where there is a direct or indirect financial or personal interest. It is expected that any member of any Town or Town School District board, commission, or committee with a conflict of interest will fully disclose the nature of his or her conflict and will recuse himself or herself from a vote on the issue at hand. The member with a conflict of interest may participate in the discussion of the issue at hand with the consent of the majority of the remaining board, commission, or committee members. Any interested person may publicly request that a member recuse himself of herself due to a conflict of interest.”

    Unfortunately, neither the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont Secretary of State, or Vermont Attorney General, appear willing to enforce these laws. In my Bellows Falls Union High School District, for example, the high school guidance counselor’s husband serves on the high school board. And in the Rockingham School District, a retired teacher, who is drawing from the teacher’s retirement program, is the chair of that school board and votes on that district’s teacher contracts – which include retirement benefit considerations.

    These are tyrannical times, to be sure. School Choice Tuition Vouchers appear to be the only useful remedy.

    • It would seem that if Gleason were still serving on various education boards, there would be grounds to challenge her EWSD board position. In also seems, by evidence of Gleason’s appointment to state boards as Mr Eshelman states, that political patronage jobs are flourishing in the Scott administration. The issue of residency is easily squelched with a rent receipt, valid or not.

      • Here are some potential Conflicts of Interest for Kim Gleason. And keep in mind that ‘Conflict of Interest’ statutes are several and varied. Here’s the first one to consider.
        16 V.S.A. § 558 Eligibility for election to a school board; employment of school board members

        Others that may relate to Ms. Gleason’s other appointments and interests include but are not limited to:
        24A V.S.A. § 107-2.9. Conflict of interest
        24A V.S.A. § 3-133. Conflicts of interest
        24 V.S.A. § 1203. Conflicts of interest
        24A V.S.A. § 113-902. Conflict of interest policy

        By my count, there are 25 specific conflict of interest references in Vermont’s statutes. You can research them yourself (and, quite frankly, so can anyone with questions regarding the law if they are so inclined) specifically using the Vermont Statutes Online Lexis/Nexis search routines (e.g. Conflicts of Interest) and cross reference the various positions Ms. Gleason currently holds, including those listed below and her being the chair of the Essex School Board, to the various Conflict of Interest statutes.

        Governor Appointed Board Member
        Vermont State Board of Education
        Apr 2019 – Present2 years 6 months
        Montpelier, VT
        Responsible for establishment, advancement, and evaluation of public education policy for Vermont; establish regulations governing equitable access to quality education for all Vermont students, education quality standards, adult basic education programs, and approval of independent schools; State Board liaison with Act 173 Census Based Funding Advisory Group; the purpose of this act is to enhance the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services to students who need additional support.

        Trustee
        Vermont Pension Investment Committee
        Aug 2017 – Present4 years 2 months
        Montpelier, VT
        Work with Vermont State Treasurer to oversee the investment of $4.5 billion across three state pension systems on behalf of teachers, state employees, and municipal employees; oversee investment policy, asset-liability analysis, asset allocation, manager selection, and risk management.

        Governor Appointed Trustee, Vice Chair
        Vermont Municipal Employees Retirement System
        Aug 2017 – Present4 years 2 months
        Montpelier, Vermont
        Fiduciary responsible for governance of policies, administration, and operations of the state municipal retirement system; work with VT State Treasurer to establish actuarial assumptions, review and recommend plan contribution rates, and monitor actuarial valuation and investment performance.

  3. “EWSD School Board Member Liz Cady skips meetings, ignores constituents, and leaks board information to right-wing newsletters” – that should be your next article.

    • Hi TL. What are the dates of the specific meetings she skipped ? How did she specifically ignore her constituents ? What specific information did she leak and to which specific Right-Wing Newsletters ? Thank you TL

      Brian

      • 8/4 and 8/17, after she shared board information with guy page, who published said information in this very rag.
        She has received innumerable amounts of email from voters and replies only to the ones who agree with her.
        She is not doing the job she was elected to do.

      • She also leaked a complaint filed against her by two community members to guy page, who published the complaint in this tag with their identifying information. That’s doxxing.

      • She’s not allowed to share information with the Media or the Public ? Is the School Board some Secret Organization ? Do you think the School Board is being transparent enough ? Wouldn’t a complaint be considered Public Information ? Is that illegal ? Thank you

        Brian

    • She’s not allowed to share information with the Media or the Public ? Is the School Board some Secret Organization ? Do you think the School Board is being transparent enough ? Wouldn’t a complaint be considered Public Information ? Is that illegal ? Thank you

      Brian

    • She’s not allowed to share information with the Media or the Public ? Is the School Board some Secret Organization ? Do you think the School Board is being transparent enough ? Wouldn’t a complaint be considered Public Information ? Is that illegal ? Thank you

      Brian

  4. I tried to register for the event featuring Rajnii Evans. The link kept loping me back and forth.
    It’s not likely that I’ve been blocked, but it is a possibility.
    Mr. Evans is a “facilitator”. He travels around the country helping to organize events and actions of different kinds.

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