You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.
Later in the editorial, the Courier zinged the board for lack of full disclosure by saying "Board members, on the advice of their attorney, would not describe slight changes in the offer to administrators . . . That's ridiculous and insulting." Well, maybe it is Mr. Petroziello but I'd ask the court for a little leniency here. For attendees at the meeting, you witnessed how Mr. Webb was answering questions posed to him by someone from the audience, but first he looked over to our solicitor, Tom Profy, for approval to address each question. Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd question, Profy cautioned Webb not to elaborate any further.
It's not like this board is trying to hide anything. We posted details of our offer on our Negotiation Website last week, and we will consider formal acceptance of the contract at our next public meeting. This allows the public more than two weeks to review and comment on the offer before the board votes on it - that's unprecedented around these parts.
Let me put it another way - Say you're the editor of a local newspaper and you want to run a killer editorial but you have been advised by your attorney not to do so. Do you still print the editorial?
I don't want to go off on Petroziello too much since he has been very supportive of our board during these contract negotiations. He hasn't criticized our board in quite a while, and the poor guy is probably going through withdrawal. Hopefully he feels better now :-)