A Chat with Jerry
“Why don’t you tell the truth?” he asked.
It turns out he was referring to the mention of Woodland School in my blog. The Schools Development Authority announced an allocation of $26 million for expansion and renovations at Woodland, but Green said the district’s top priority had been a new middle school. However, due to the “chaos” of the past school year, he said, “They (the district) didn’t have their paperwork in place.”
Green thanked former Interim Superintendent Garnell Bailey and new board president Bridget Rivers for “giving out information as quickly was possible” and credited Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Sen. Nicholas Scutari for helping him to secure the funding for Plainfield.
Board member Agurs Linward Cathcart Jr. questioned Tuesday night why the middle school was not funded, but none of the issues raised by Green came out in the meeting. Green brushed aside my point that I could not report on something that was not made public.
“You know everything,” he retorted.
I told him the new superintendent was drawing a line between the past and the future and recriminations or blame at this point would serve no purpose. Besides, I did not want to call the accused individual for comment and then perhaps have to sit around waiting for a callback. I wanted to go shopping in Westfield.
The situation was all too familiar from the “he said-she said” practice of a political figure blaming an official for this or that debacle and the reporter was then expected to get the other side.
“Put that on your blog,” Green insisted as he made his accusation.
Well, for one thing, the blog is an unpaid avocation, not a job in the newsroom, and for another, maybe Dr. Gallon is right to think that hashing over past errors is not as important as fixing things in the future. And furthermore, I really want to go shopping in Westfield today. So there.