Notter: "I Have No Plans to Resign"
UPDATED: At his 4 p.m. news conference regarding the Statewide Grand Jury report, Broward Supt. James Notter said he's not going anywhere.
"I have no plans to resign or retire at this point in time...," said Notter, who was flanked by the entire board as he spoke. "We will take expeditious time to go through this report, point by point, and in fact have a thorough response in a very condensed time frame."
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Notter's statement comes not only in the face of the grand jury report that pointed at him as a failed leader of a corrupt and inept school board but also as talk grows that the new board will vote him out. New School Board member Dave Thomas indicated in an interview with the Sentinel that he will give Notter a "no confidence" vote, and many others could follow suit.
The old guard doesn't want that -- and Notter isn't the only one digging in his heels. School Board member Ann Murray, whom I wrote about this morning, said at times she couldn't understand the report. "I think it was a very hastily put-together report, and quite honestly, there were things I read that I couldn't even figure out where they were going with it," Murray said today.
Murray, who came out of the transportation department, is starting to make a very strong argument that school bus drivers, salt of the Earth though they may be, should never be elected to the board.
Jennifer Gottlieb defended the Beachside Boondoggle, saying that she disagrees with the grand jury's determination that the unnecessary $25 million school in an underenrolled area was a waste of taxpayers' money. Said Gottlieb: "I would beg to differ that that is a waste of taxpayer dollars when it is a success. The school was slated to be built way before I was elected to the School Board."
-- I find it somehow comforting that John McEnroe is still out there cursing out line judges and breaking tennis racquets in big tennis matches. This shot was taken last night at at the Delray Beach Tennis Center by Fort Lauderdale activist Art Seitz, an avid tennis photographer. Here's the caption supplied by Seitz:
Delray Beach, Florida, February 21, 2011, Delray Beach Tennis Center.
Last night, a completely out of control Wimbledon Champion John McEnroe hit a ball out of the stadium, smashed his racquet on the net post and screamed profanity (F bombs galore and bs this and that) at the ATP Champions Tour Supervisor, Chair Umpire and into the face of just about every other court side official, while losing to local favorite Aaron Krickstein, of Boca Raton, in a tie breaker. McEnroe will play Wilander for third place today at 12:30 p.m.
Inside, see criminally charged former School Board member Stephanie Kraft's reaction to the School Board grand jury report. There's only one word for it: reprehensible. (Actually there are others, but this is a family blog).
Here's Kraft's column from last night on the Sun-Sentinel site:
Unreal. This is the kind of leadership this School Board has been getting -- corrupt sellout artists who pass the buck every chance they get.
The problem starts with lobbyists and contractors who buy pig-headed puppets like Kraft and then -- bam! -- you've got hundreds of millions of dollars gone down the drain.
The deck is reshuffled, but the real constant is those big-money lobbyists (like Neil Sterling, whom Kraft helped a client get a $1.7 billion health insurance contract while her husband, Mitch, was secretly on Sterling's payroll). Until you start putting them in prison, you really won't get much change.
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