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April 23, 2013

Lockley project to add to district’s huge debt

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

In a recent letter to the editor, George Gabriel degraded a retired teacher, who is a school board member, for voting against the Lockley project.

She was part of the majority vote that was in favor of putting the project on hold.

Considering the economic conditions that exist in our city, there are many of us who believe that we cannot afford the project at this time. The district’s debt is approaching $100 million; debt is the worst form of taxation.

Gabriel also said in his letter, “Anyone who knows me knows I have spent my entire life advocating for our students. I’m confident my 40-plus years in education have given me abundant knowledge and experience to render an informed opinion.”

Are these the words of a narcissist, one who is in love with his own self or attainment?

Let us take a look at some of the decisions he has made over the past 10 years.

The Roger Havey incident. When the district was in the process of hiring a business manager, Gabriel sent Havey the interview questions. In any other district, he would have been asked to resign, and if he did not he would have been fired.

He did nothing to stop the nepotism that has been going on in the district for far too many years.

He failed to maintain the elementary buildings.

He promoted the sale of the Ben Franklin building that could have been used in the much-needed consolidation program.

What I have mentioned in all of the above is only the tip of the iceberg, and all that can be covered in a letter limited to 300 words.

Philip P. Conti

Euclid Avenue

New Castle

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