May 13, 2015

Zimmerman's Battle With The School Administration

While twelve people battle to get, or stay on, the Allentown School Board, Director David Zimmerman, who isn't up for re-election this term, battles within the school administration. Zimmerman is a statistician and numbers guy, who doesn't abide by the Administrations use of arbitrary figures. Originally disturbed by discrepancies between the preliminary and adopted budget, his frustrations have only grown with the administration's dismissive attitude toward his inquires. He actually filed a Right To Know request with the district, which was denied. In addition to his concerns about the budget, whose fund balance has fluctuated as much as $12 million under different reports, he wants solid revenue projections from redeveloped NIZ parcels. He cannot in good conscience approach a tax increase without knowing how much money is on hand, or how much increased property tax revenue The Pawlowski and Reilly Company Renaissance, is actually producing.

  My concern over these issues arises out of my interpretation of the responsibility imposed upon me by my elected position to fairly and accurately represent the interests of the tax payers and students of the ASD.
David Zimmerman
Allentown School Board


Anonymous said...

Only when Zimmerman's own son was bullied at Allen did he start "battling." Before that, he was in ASD superintendent Russ Mayo's back pocket like all the other board members are. His "battle" is personal and self-centered, it's not about all the students nor the taxpayers. He needs to go next election.

michael molovinsky said...

mentor @6:45, i didn't print your comment yesterday that mike welsh needs to go next election. i suppose you only want board members that are in pawlowski's back pocket. what could be better for the taxpayer's than a board member skeptical of the school administration, regardless of what motivated him? your answer won't be published

Anonymous said...

The issues with my son have been taken care of to my satisfaction through work with the district attorney and the police department.

Perhaps it was this event that opened my eyes to the realities of how issues had been dealt with and still are dealt with in the ASD. Denial is the word that comes to mind.

I have heard this refrain before. Perhaps this is why one of my fellow board members accuses me of grandstanding when I bring up financial issues.

As to re-election, I look forward to the end of my term. I will not run again.

Why don't you take my place. Or truth be told, if you said who you are you most probably would not be elected.

David Fehr Zimmerman