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Blue Ridge Says So Long

Robert McTiernan took his leave from Blue Ridge at the School Board’s workshop on April 27th.  After 5 years as District Superintendent, he will shortly take up his new position as Executive Director of the Northeastern Instructional Unit #19 in Allentown; so it wasn’t actually a “good-bye” since Blue Ridge is a member of “the IU” and contracts for some of its services.  His replacement as Interim Superintendent, Matthew Button, a local boy and until now Principal of the Elementary School, will compete with outside talent for the permanent job.  During the meeting Mr. Button sat at the head of the table next to Board Chair Laurie Brown-Bonner, gratefully accepting some kibitzing from Mr. McTiernan on particular issues.  Mr. Button later said that it was definitely a learning experience so far.

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Deficits of Trust

(Part 2 in a Series)

Public distrust is the fruit borne of government acting in opaque and convoluted fashion. When making an appointment to fill a vacant public office, transparency is demanded by the law. Sadly this is not always so. Last week’s column opened an investigation into the filling of the office of Judge of Election in Forest Lake Township in last November’s Election.

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