kitchen table math, the sequel: email from the Board

Friday, March 16, 2007

email from the Board

Irvington Schools District Residents:

For roughly 9 years, the Board of Education has been committed to keeping you involved and informed by way of an email list, which now comprises over 1,600 residents. This list is used by the District to distribute a weekly newsletter, other informative communications and important notices. District Policy Number 3170 requires that the email addresses submitted to the district for inclusion in the list be kept strictly confidential and that the list should not be used for commercial purposes.

Last fall, during an emergency notification, a District employee mistakenly sent a message to the email distribution list using "cc" rather than "bcc". This allowed several community members to copy the entire list and use it at their discretion to send unauthorized messages to these confidential email addresses. Other community members have thereafter copied and used the email addresses as well.

The Board of Education and Administration apologize for this error and have taken measures to prevent it from happening again. Since we recognize that this is a serious breach of confidentiality, we will consider any legal action available to the District against anyone who makes use of this list in the future.

In addition, we request that any community member who has come into possession of these email addresses, directly or indirectly, to immediately delete them. As a community member, you have the right to send an email to anyone sending you an unsolicited email demanding that they desist. You also have the right to contact the sender's Internet Service Provider stating that the sender is sending you unsolicited emails and that the sender should have their account suspended.

Once again, we apologize for this error and will do our best to protect everyone's email confidentiality.

The Board of Education

$19,000 $21,000 per pupil spending.

Highest taxes in the country.

Friday night: email from the Board threatening parents with legal action.

Looking forward to the school board vote!

Not to mention the budget vote!

oh, wait!

This email arrived in the same batch:

The IHS drama club's production of The Music Man will conclude with performances on March 17 at 2 PM and 8 PM in the Campus Theater. Tickets for Friday night’s cancelled performance will be honored at the 2 PM performance, which was added due to the inclement weather. Tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets cost $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students/senior citizens. Contact Linda Pierpont at 591-6645 with any questions. Everyone from the community is invited to attend this fantastic annual musical!

The next public meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 20 beginning at 7:30 PM in the Campus Presentation Room. The focus of the agenda will be Dr. Matusiak’s Superintendent’s Recommended Budget. The entire agenda will be available on our web site on Monday under Board of Educatiopn>BOE Agenda/Minutes or simply by clicking: This meeting will be followed up by a Budget Forum on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 AM until 11 AM in the Campus Presentation Room. Please note that the March 20 meeting is not on the District calendar and replaces the March 27 Board of Education meeting, which will not be held.

Friday, March 23 is the date for the Annual Otto awards, which will be held in the Campus Theater beginning at 7 PM. This annual night of mirth includes staff and students performances and awards to students as voted by their peers. Everyone in the community is invited.

Save the date! The PTSA will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:15 PM in the Campus Presentation Room. The featured speaker will be Dr. Steven Kipnis. He will be speaking on the abuse of over the counter and prescription substances by adolescents. He is the Medical Director of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Kipnis, parents, an ER RN, social worker and Officer Foley. Contact Michelle Buell at for additional information.

Please be reminded that Superintendent’s Conference Day will NOT be held on Friday, March 30 but will instead be held on Thursday, March 29. Therefore, all schools will be closed for students on Thursday, March 29 but open for students on Friday, March 30.

We hope everyone has a great week!

In case you're wondering, this is the only mass communication allowed here in Irvington.

Propaganda from our elected representatives on the Board.

Happy propaganda!

email from the Board
Tex weighs in


Anonymous said...

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Tex said...

Let’s say I obtain email addresses from a “cc” list and then email to those addresses for non-commercial purposes.

And let’s say the recipients do not notify me demanding that I desist. Can the recipient turn around and demand that my email account be suspended? It seems so.

“You also have the right to contact the sender's Internet Service Provider stating that the sender is sending you unsolicited emails and that the sender should have their account suspended.”

I wonder if I can take action against the school if they disclose my confidential email address to 1,600 people? Oh, I forgot, schools are not accountable in that way. They possess special immunities.

Vague, threatening, blame shifting, dialogue suppressing. These words come to mind.

Peter A. Stinson said...

Perhaps the Board ought to move to producing a blog with an RSS feed... and then they wouldn't even need the bloody email addys...

Oh, wait, that would mean thinking differently... Forget I suggested that...