Mickey Angst Report 315 12/01/13
There once again are no PV school board committee meetings this week but the reorganization meeting is set for 6:30 on Thursday with no prior executive committee meeting before hand but an hour and a half of what I will call a social. Tom Shober generally avoided the social. I followed his lead sometimes but very reluctantly. With some new faces I’ll be there hoping for a new attitude all around. We have had several weeks now with no meetings but that does not mean nothing has been happening. Those directors who voted to keep John Barna not only out of meetings but off school property received their depositions and were interviewed. So were some others. Barna was also interviewed for hours by a lawyer for the school district’s insurance agency. The board members claim all went well. Barna disagrees and is pushing for the trials to start. In the meantime stories are leaking out about the October council meeting when Barna attended to complain about the way one of the cops responded to a bully complaint he registered. The same day that Barna attended the council meeting charges were filed against him.. Alcohol is allegedly involved but it’s like the Gary Porembo DUI. That one took two years before getting newspaper coverage. This one is almost two months old but no newspaper item yet. I know Barna’s version but not the cops. The hearing has been delayed.
The football coaching vacancy is drawing more attention than the board reorganization. Three years ago we could not attract interest from what I will call local applicants. There is plenty of local interest this time and I welcome it. .
Mickey Angst Report 315 12/01/13
Mickey Angst Report 314 11/25/13
There are no PV school board meetings scheduled for this week and none before the Reorganization and then Regular Voting Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 5th. There is a B&F Committee meeting scheduled for 6pm on Dec 12 to be followed by an Athletic Committee meeting. The open football coaching job is on the minds of many with at least five names being tossed about, all of them with some local coaching experience. By local I mean PV or nearby schools.
The thought crossed my mind to follow the reports I made reviewing why I thought so highly of Tom Shober as a school director with other such reports including why I don’t hold some others in such high regard. I’m told the Shober reports have the UnTruth Agents back distorting as usual. I’m so sick of that nonsense I’m reconsidering. I will point out my reports are not anonymous, theirs are. I don’t post other places as Mickey not does my son as DannyBoy. I also correct any errors that are called to my attention directly but not anonymously.
Not so with the UnTruths. Here is an example. When Ron Slivka was the board president he grew tired of me referring to my education background. Considering my grandfather was a teacher and school director, my Dad a teacher and principal early in his career, my mother a teacher and now my daughter a teacher at both the high school and college level, Ron grew tired of my background references and tried to embarrass me by announcing my teaching certificate had been revoked. Since I had not taught since the late 50’s, I thought maybe he was right. I checked with the Department of Education the next day. He was wrong. My name was not in their computer because when they updated they did not go back that far but they assured me I still had a valid teaching certificate. Why was anyone checking on this? Why was it something to be announced at a board meeting? Thinking maybe Slivka really believed some incorrect info someone shared with him, he would do some checking an eventually apologize. I’m still waiting as all sorts of lies are invented to back the revocation falsehood. So it goes. I could share with you examples like this with every one of the UnTruth posters. Instead I’m waiting until I and others are under oath. See why good solid citizens don’t want to run for school board.
Yes, I am scheduled to testify in behalf of John Barna. I did not vote to bar him from school property and he wants me to testify, why not. Others will be asked similar questions. I will tell the truth. The school board minutes and tapes will show who the liars are. Should I refuse to testify? Should I lie under oath? Others will soon have to make that same decision. Legal papers are being served.
Rather than day to day posting to refute Slivka like lies, I’ll be patient. I do have a problem every Sunday. As I pray I promise to forgive those who trespass against me. Must I forgive even under these circumstances? I am afraid the answer is YES but I’m waiting and I hope I get the answer before Judgment Day.
Mickey Angst Report 313 11/23/13
Here is my second report on PV school director Tom Shober.
When I took over as station manager at WLSH, I also had the job of training a new reporter who was covering Panther Valley school board meetings. He was a quick learner and eventually moved on to bigger things. He gathered the news beyond the board and superintendents handouts. That meant talking to MINORITY board members like Tom Shober who was in the minority role far too often.
This got Tom in trouble and let to repercussions against his children. I learned of that from a parent friend of the Shobers and made it my business to get to know Tom. I could be much more specific but that would gain little. Finally after many threats against the radio station, I assigned myself to covering the PV school board with the warning,
“Now cut your wolves loose”. That has continued to this day. There were no law suits but lots of revelations that resulted in the end of some school director political careers and some real educational progress at PV. I owe an apology to some of Tom’s family for the wrongs they suffered and suffer to this day on my account.
Unfortunately some misstates were made like not renovating the former Lansford High School Building and naming superintendents who usurped board rights and like the one in power now who takes orders too readily from individual directors and then misrepresents. I hate the word liar even when it is appropriate.
I have not given up entirely on the new Times News reporter. Maybe he will become a journalist. Until that is definite I think I’ll stick around, health permitting.