Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grove City Area School District earns "F" from Sunshine Review

The Grove City Area School District has been rated by "Sunshine Review" - a nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. It uses a simple 10-point checklist to determine how open a governmental organization is with the citizenry. The ten points are taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records, academics, and background checks. If the "point item" is missing or incomplete, it's grade is reduced.

The Grove City Area School District has earned an "F" grade for transparency.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Grove City Area School District Candidate's Forum on May 10

Here is your chance to meet and question the candidates for the Grove City school board. There will be a candidate's forum at the Grove City high school LGI room on May 10, from 7:00-9:00pm. This date is significant because May 9 will be Dr. Mextorf's DUI hearing, followed that evening by the regular school board meeting.

All nine of the current school board members currently defend the decision to hire Mextorf, while fully knowing he had a pending DUI case. Mextorf was cited top-tier charge with a blood-alcohol content of 0.316, which is nearly four times the legal limit. Mextorf's DUI occurred while driving to school, during which time he nearly hit multiple vehicles, including a school bus.

Mextorf, through his lawyer, are seemingly not disputing the charge, as they are seeking a plea deal.

Mextorf, as GCASD superintendent, will be responsible for the guidance and direction of several hundred students and the $30+ million budget of the district.

Grove City Resident Threatens Suit over New Superintendent at Government School

Hat tip to InsideButlerCounty.com:
A Grove City man has threated to sue his school district to prevent someone awaiting trial for drunk driving from taking the superintendent's job.

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(R)esident Jason Reeher said the arrest means Mextorf doesn't meet the district's standards for ethics and integrity.

That certainly makes the upcoming primary more interesting. Reeher retrieved the school district's own job search information and found a serious conflict.

The school board still defends their decision:
The school board president said Mextorf was very candid about his arrest, and that he came with glowing recommendations and was the believed to be the "best candidate" for the job.

There will be a candidate's forum a the Grove City High School LGI room on May 10 from 7:00-9:00pm. This is one day after Dr. Mextorf's hearing and the regular school board meeting.

Monday, April 18, 2011

URGENT: May 18 is Final Day for Pennsylvania Primary Registration

Today is the last day for PA residents to register to vote for the May primary election. If you have not registered, please do so today! There are lots of reasons to vote in the "off-year" election, including school board members, township supervisors, borough council members, and judges. Register TODAY!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Grove City Area Superintendent Nearly Rear-Ended a School Bus While Driving Drunk

The full criminal complaint has been released in the DUI arrest of Grove City Area School District's new superintendent, Dr. Richard Mextorf.

Hat tip to StateCollege.com:
A witness, George Lamprinos, told authorities that the motorist was "driving into the other southbound lane of traffic, almost striking other units," the complaints reads. "Also, the defendant was observed leaving the roadway and traveling back onto it."

The motorist turned onto state Route 64 and soon passed state Trooper Darryl Martin, who had stopped in the area, according to the complaint. That was at roughly 7:45 a.m., the complaint says.


Martin reported that he began following the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee south on state Route 64. In the complaint, he wrote that he activated his lights and siren and "observed the operator cross the center line and the fog line several times.

"The operator would not pull over after following him approximately two miles, so I pulled over into the oncoming lane and drove up beside the operator and motioned him to pull over, which he then pulled into Stover's Sub Shop parking lot" in Porter Township, the complaint reads.


Martin said he identified the driver as Mextorf and noticed "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage ... emitting from his breath, and his eyes appeared to be glassy and bloodshot.


"At that time, I asked Mextorf if he had consumed alcoholic beverages, and he related he did last evening," the complaint reads. "I had Mextorf exit the vehicle and observed him swaying to keep his balance while walking to the rear of his vehicle."

Mextorf failed field sobriety tests, Martin wrote. He was taken into custody and driven to Lock Haven Hospital for a blood test, according to the complaint.


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Reached by StateCollege.com, Lamprinos, of Williamsport, said that Mextorf was "all over the road" on Nov. 18 and nearly rear-ended a school bus.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Grove City Area Superintendent Was Driving Drunk To Work

Hat tip to StateCollege.com:
In the hours before he was pulled over for DUI, (superintendent Dr. Richard) Mextorf had gone to visit a friend and, "unfortunately, drank way too much," (Attorney Joseph) Amendola said. He said Mextorf made another bad decision in trying to drive back to State College -- "ironically because he didn't want to miss work."

The article also notes that he drank because of the pressures of being a superintendent:
Amendola said that Mextorf is not a chronic alcoholic by any stretch; rather, he said, Mextorf found himself facing a lot of pressure -- much of it self-imposed -- from his job as State College superintendent.

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"I think the pressure kind of surprised him -- coming from another school district where I don't think the parents typically are as involved as maybe they are in the State College area," Amendola said. " ... I think it got to a point where it overwhelmed him."

The maximum penalty for Mextorf's DUI is six months in jail. His attorney is seeking a plea bargain.

Grove City Area School District Names New Superintendent

The Grove City Area School District school board unanimously approved Dr. Richard Mextorf as the new superintendent of the district. The vote took place during the monthly meeting on Monday, April 11.

Mextorf came from the State College Area School District, where he lost his job over a Nov. 18 traffic stop, where he was arrested for DUI and related traffic offenses. Mextorf's blood-alcohol content was 0.316 - nearly four times the legal limit.

Mextorf was pulled over at 7:58 am on a Thursday morning.

Mextorf's DUI case was delayed until May 9.

The Grove City Area School District school board offered to pay Mextorf $127,000 per year, which is several thousand more per year than retiring superintendent, Dr. Robert Post.

Friday, April 01, 2011

PA-3: Dahlkemper Eyeing Another Run?

Seriously?

Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
Kathy Dahlkemper, the Erie Democrat who served a single term before losing the seat to Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly in November, says she’s exploring another run in 2012.

Mrs. Dahlkemper, 53, who told The Herald last year she wouldn’t rule out running for Congress again, told the Erie Times-News this week that she’ll have to make a decision fairly soon because waiting until the fall would put her at a disadvantage.
This is extremely peculiar as all evidence shows that citizens turned out en masse to vote AGAINST Dahlkemper, not to vote FOR Kelly. Additionally, Kelly has yet to do anything - good or bad - that would warrant enough voter ire to toss him out. His biggest blunder to date is his refusal to join the Tea Party Caucus, despite pretending to be a Tea Party guy during the primary and general elections. Remember his phony "tea party" that he had at his dealership?

Finally, 2012 is already shaping up to be yet another bloodbath for the Democrats. Dahlkemper must have incredibly bad handlers who are feeding her terrible information if she thinks that 2012 will be her year to win.