Several meetings ago the superintendent brought forward a proposal for Richland 2 to join in on a class-action lawsuit against vaping.
The Board that night was one member short, and a vote was taken on the Motion to join that lawsuit. The vote was 3-3, and someone had to remind the Chair that a tie-vote meant that the motion failed.
How did this issue ever get back on the agenda? Didn't the Board decide a while back that, when an issue was voted down, it wouldn't be brought back up?
Somehow, the issue made it back onto the Agenda for tonight's meeting. Actually, all it takes is a little pow-wow between the superintendent and the board chair, and an item appears on the agenda.
I am reminded of the definition of Nagging. Someone once defined nagging as being "nibbled to death by a duck."
The pitch tonight was to join a class action lawsuit.
Mrs. Agostini attempted to ask Dr. Miley a question, and Chair Manning interrupted and answered it. He was completely out-of-order in doing so. Mr. Agostini is polite and did not call a Point-of-Order on Manning's move.
Slide #5 of the presentation to the board revealed the number of "Incidents of Vaping and Tobacco". In School Year 2020-21 there have been five (5) vaping incidents and three (3) tobacco incidents. If I do the arithmetic correctly, that's a total of eight (8). Eight incidents out of 28,000 students.
Last school year, there were 63 in the whole year. Out of 28,000 students. That's 0.225%.
Mrs. Agostini is right. Why is the district wasting its time and money even considering the joining in the class-action lawsuit???
The superintendent said it might be 10-15 years in the courts.
What damages will Richland 2 receive? None. Richland 2 is not being harmed in any way by 8 students who vape or smoke.
Who gets rich on class-action lawsuits? The attorneys.