As one reader just inquired offline, " This is like a bad dream! Where is this money for legal coming from? And, what has the district had to do without to finance this fiasco? Is anyone monitoring the impact on the kids and the classroom?"
Perhaps Richmond Heights citizens will begin to attend board meetings in greater numbers and demand answers to these questions.
Many top officials and civic mainstays proclaim that the Richmond Heights schools are a separate entity whose issues are unrelated to those of city governance.
While this is legally accurate, Richmond Heights voters should realize that a city administration that is both entrenched and disengaged is a core part of the city's festering problems.
For the record, I tried numerous times this summer to meet with Richmond Heights mayor Daniel Ursu. He has not had the courtesy to respond to multiple calls or emails, and appeared frightened when I showed up at his city hall office one day following an early morning special school board meeting.
Not long after that, when I attempted to engage him in conversation outside city hall as I walked to another school board meeting, he literally clutched his belongings and scurried into the building as if he were fearful of assault.