Put It In Writing!
POTTSTOWN, PA – It’s nice to see that local newsworthy stories are actually being reported on within 48 hours of their occurrence. Guess that’s better than the typical week long incubation period we’ve become used to.
In today’s print and online editions of The Fishwrap, we see an article spotlighting the secret meetings that Pottstown School Board member Thomas Hylton has been conducting in regards to official school district business…without the knowledge, nor permission, of the district.
Evidently Tom Hylton is running around town trying to find a buyer for the district’s administrative annex building on North Franklin Street. He’s also working on some kind of crazy covert mission with the library (where Hylton’s financial PAC sugar momma Frances volunteers).
The next official school board meeting, the committee of the whole, is scheduled for July 7. At that meeting, school board president Rick Huss is expecting (as demanded during Thursday’s board meeting) that Hylton give a full report on his sneaky meetings to the entire board.
Maybe Hylton can prepare some flashy and colorful charts and graphs to explain exactly what he’s been up to. How about a 32-page supplement to explain his actions to the community and why he continually ignores district protocol?
Once again, we see that Tom Hylton refuses to be a team player as well as refusing to conform to the rules and regulations of the Pottstown School District.
According to item 1230.3 of the Pottstown School Board’s 563-page Policy Manual:
“No member of the Board shall have power to act in the name of the Board outside a regular or special Board meeting, unless authorized by official Board action.”
So let’s see how transparent Tom Hylton is with the illegal actions he’s been committing by falsely misrepresenting himself as an authorized representative of the board.
Why should Hylton put his misdeeds in writing? Writing helps people remember pertinent information. Writing helps us evaluate information and think critically. It forces us to organize our thoughts and provide reasons for our decisions. Writing makes us accountable. Once you’ve written something, you can’t deny it later. If we want honest, professional government, we have start by putting things in writing.
So here’s a memo for Tom Hylton. Put it in writing!