Click here, sign the petition, get Rodney removed!

http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-john-b-king-jr-commissioner-of-education-remove-rodney-krzykowski-from-the-ravena-coeymans-selkirk-school-board?utm_campaign=action_box&utm_medium=twittervia%40change&utm_source=share_petition

 

UPDATE: Petition to remove RCS Board Member Rodney Krzykowski elicits over 200 signatures!

There’s still time to sign! Click the link above and let Dr. John B. King Jr., NY Commissioner of Education, know how you feel! We are a district that is spread across many miles. It’s time to unify the “north” and “south” ends. Doesn’t matter if you reside in Glenmont or New Baltimore, there are many who don’t accept that this is the best we can give ourselves and our children. Here’s what some of your neighbors have to say. Why not let your voice be heard, too!

 

FEURA BUSH, NY

“In time like these finances are important to all of us who work and pay our taxes. If this individual chooses not to he should not have input on any tax increases that affect me personally.”

 

GLENMONT, NY

“I feel that someone who does not pay his own taxes and declares himself a sovereign citizen should not be on any public school board, and certainly not be on any finance committee. He sets a very poor example for others, adult or child. Where would we be if all U.S. citizens felt as he does?”

 

NEW BALTIMORE, NY

“It’s about responsibility. It’s about paying it forward. It’s about our future. Why would anyone expect that they do not have to pay their school and property taxes but expect to represent good citizens that do pay their taxes? It’s hypocritical.”

 

NEW BALTIMORE, NY

“I care about the children of our district. I am a former NYS employee for over 33 years and a taxpayer, who pays my taxes in a timely manner. Since my retirement more than four years ago I have volunteered in the education of 1st graders in the RCS district. My husband Ronald and I are distressed that Rodney Krzykowski has been allowed to remain on the RCS School Board, and serves on the Finance Committee no less. Please remove him as soon as possible.”

 

RAVENA, NY

“A “sovereign citizen” should not authoritatively participate in a community they are not a part of.”

 

RAVENA, NY

“Very Important information about this candidate was withheld from any biography info given prior to the election. This would certainly impacted my vote and many others. Being elected under false pretenses should be a crime and this member should be removed immediately.”

 

NEW BALTIMORE, NY

“A person who refuses recognize the government’s right to collect taxes should not be permitted to serve on the board of a school district. Schools require taxes to function, and having a board member who flaunts the requirement that citizens pay taxes undermines the authority of that board. It is especially ironic that he serves as the head of the finance committee; making determinations regarding the use of taxpayers’ dollars, to which he contributes nothing.”

 

SELKIRK, NY

“I never voted for this man, but this information was not known to the voting masses before he was elected. If it was, I am confident others would have made a different choice. It is a great distraction and keeps our district from taking care of the important issues and discussing education. He prefers to educate us on mushroom dirt! Please remove him.”

 

HANNACROIX, NY

“I have worked in Ravena for almost 20 years. 1. A person who refuses to pay school taxes has no legitimacy for allocating the use of taxes. 2. Mr. Krzykowski and his slate of friends on the school board have created the most partisan, unproductive Board I have seen there.”

 

Click HERE and let your voice be heard, too!

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Click right here, sign petition, say goodbye to Rodney! It’s that simple!

http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-john-b-king-jr-commissioner-of-education-remove-rodney-krzykowski-from-the-ravena-coeymans-selkirk-school-board?share_id=tCJQiRvTBr&utm_campaign=action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter via @change

 

(excerpt below taken from online petition)

This petition will be delivered to:
Dr. John B. King Jr.,
Commissioner of Education

There is a petition (complaint) that’s already filed with the New York State Education Department, to remove Mr. Krzykowski from the RCS Board of Education. The petition alleges that Rodney Krzykowski refuses to pay school or property taxes. It is estimated that the amount owed to the school district and to the town is over one hundred thousand dollars.
Mr. Krzykowski has proclaimed in several legal documents that he is a sovereign citizen. A “sovereign citizen” often claims that they are not answerable to legal statutes and that taxation is illegitimate. A statue can be defined as legislative authority that governs a state, city or town.
If Mr. Krzykowski does not recognize governmental agencies or taxation then he should not be allowed to be a member of an organization that is responsible for the oversight of a community’s taxes. Rodney Krzykowski currently sits on the school board’s finance committee.
It is time to stand behind the petition filed with the state Education Department. This petition needs to be signed to ensure that those with the responsibility of protecting the legitimacy of a school board, hear your voice.

 

To:  Dr. John B. King Jr., Commissioner of Education
Remove Rodney Krzykowski from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School Board
 
Sincerely,
[Your name]

You can also access the petition by CLICKING HERE.

If only we had known?!

“If you had known Mr. Rodney Krzykowski had unpaid tax debts, would you have voted for him?? The petition has already been filed. It is now imperative that the RCS community let Dr. John King know if they would have voted differently! For those of you who did not vote, would you have if you knew someone who refused to pay taxes was vying for a BOE seat? Perhaps it would have motivated you to cast a vote for a more suitable candidate. Yes – he received enough votes to garner a seat. So did Richard Nixon! However, that in no way absolves Mr. Krzykowski from his obligations, under the law, to pay his taxes. We all have to! So, if you feel you were deceived…or would have voted differently, please let Dr. King know it NOW! Click HERE for NYSED contact information! Thank you. 

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Below is an editorial from the Albany Times Union’s web site
Post your own opinions on their site by clicking HERE

TU Editorial: In Ravena, Seeing the Light
THE ISSUE:
A petition (already filed) calls for the removal of an objectionable school board member.
THE STAKES:
The antics of Rodney Krzykowski diminish respect for an entire school district.

Finally, some encouraging news to pass on about the study in dysfunction known as the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school system — a promising development that’s perhaps worthy of the civics curriculum there.

It’s about, no surprise, Rodney Krzykowski. He’s the self-described “sovereign citizen” who refuses to pay either local school and property taxes or state taxes. How he can justify such defiant actions could be worth study by a smart RCS student.

What makes Mr. Krzykowski an altogether more maddening figure is that he’s an elected member of a school board that’s its own collective embarrassment.

The same guy who won’t pay his own taxes — delinquent to the tune of more than $100,000 — apparently has no compunction about making decisions about spending other people’s taxes. He’s even a member of the school board’s finance committee.

And now comes Matt Miller, president of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk teachers union. He’s had enough of a farce that casts aspersions on the entire school system, even the teachers and administrators who are both ethical and competent. He wants Mr. Krzykowski off the board.

Good for Mr. Miller. And good for the unnamed Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk resident who signed Mr. Miller’s petition calling for the state Education Department to remove Mr. Krzykowski.

Talk about a cause worth embracing. Even a cursory look at the petition reveals a wake of pedagogical carnage created by Mr. Krzykowski.

Mr. Miller and his anonymous ally specifically cite how on “numerous occasions members of the community have expressed outrage, negativity and mistrust towards the board.”

Indeed. So let’s hear, loudly and clearly, from those people, too. A pair of exasperated signatories isn’t about to pressure the Education Department to do much of anything. But a sustained, grass-roots effort across three towns in southern Albany County might push the state to take such an admittedly extraordinary action as undoing the will of the voters — voters whom, we suspect, are having more than a few second thoughts about their choice.

It also might make Alan McCartney, the interim school superintendent, take the debacle created by an anti-tax subversive more seriously. He’s too quick to try to deflect what’s obviously an awkward situation for him and other Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk administrators.

“Mr. Krzykowski as an individual is being challenged for his qualifications to be on the board,” Mr. McCartney says. “The only one that can make that determination is the commissioner. We really have very little part in it except for that he’s on the Ravena board.”

That’s some serious exception, Mr. McCartney. Surely the district has something to say, from the standpoint of professionalism and citizenship, about a board member who has achieved a special level of prominence and infamy.

He’s not alone, of course. Board President John Vadney brought further embarrassment upon the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools with his arrest earlier this year on charges of harassing the father of the former school board vice president.

And let’s not forget last spring’s school budget election, which prompted a state investigation amid suspicion of the reported results and allegations of voter fraud and illegal electioneering.

An interesting case study for a civics paper, indeed. If only this was merely an academic exercise, and these individuals weren’t in a position to affect the education of some 2,000 young people or make decisions affecting more than 14,000 citizens.

Time to get rid of Mr. Krzykowski, and his ally Mr. Vadney, too, for that matter, and take back the schools. Spread the word, Mr. Miller.

(this blog is NOT associated with the Albany Times Union
or any other media entity…Just an ordinary Joe who’s had enough!)