The January 14 Journal Sentinel newspaper editorial “She’s Back!”, which criticizes Milwaukee Public Schools Board Member Charlene Hardin, reminds us that $2,500 from the district was spent for a Philadelphia conference on school safety that “she barely attended”.
The editorial ends with the expressed hope that Hardin, who fell nine signatures short of the required number needed to get on the spring ballot, will decide against running as a write-in candidate in the Feb. primary or April general election.
Well, the criticism of Hardin is justified. Elected officials should honor their commitments, not shirk them. Unfortunately, some don’t. They’ll put other interests first, “barely attend” yet expect continued support.
Hardin “barely attended” that out- of-state conference. Of course, that was irresponsible.
But isn't it also disturbing when public officials are habitual “no shows” at government meetings?
Remember Donna Rathsack? Wasn't it galling that New Berlin Public School District funds (from our taxes) were spent on Rathsack’s salary when she rarely attended meetings in person while serving on the New Berlin School Board?
And Matt Thomas, you may recall, collected a salary (from our taxes) when he was listed in a Journal Sentinel article as one of the Waukesha County Board Supervisors with the worst meeting attendance record.