After Trustee Friedman Buys “Second” Home in B-ham, AA BOE Meeting Attendance Rate Plummets to 17.8 Percent
Going to work 72 percent of the time is enough is get most employees reprimanded and, if there were no improvement, fired. Showing up at work 17.8 percent of the time is enough to get an employee canned even faster. Ann Arbor Board of Education member Randy Friedman was recently quoted in a piece posted to AnnArbor.com by writer David Jesse, as saying, “…The purchase of a home in Birmingham shouldn’t disqualify him from serving on the school board since he still owns a home in Ann Arbor.” Since it’s a second home, it does not, in fact, legally disqualify him from serving. Friedman also was quoted as saying, “I don’t have to have my kids in the district to care for education in Ann Arbor,” Friedman said. This may be true, as well, though certainly among district parents who commented on the AnnArbor.com site, as well as A2Politico, there is some disagreement about this.
What Friedman was saying, in essence, is that the July 2009 purchase of the second home in Birmingham so ease the commute time to school at Detroit Country Day for his four children, does not impact his ability or desire to serve on the Ann Arbor Board of Education.
Attendance records posted to the Board of Education web site show that as far as Friedman is concerned the political spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. His attendance at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings prior to the purchase of his “second” home was 72 percent. He was there more often than not, but compared to other trustees his absences at board meetings, executive meetings, committee meetings and study sessions stands out.
It’s not until we look at Friedman’s attendance record beginning in July 2009, shortly after he purchased what he told AnnArbor.com’s David Jesse was a “second” home, that we get a better idea of the impact the purchase of the house has had on Friedman’s performance as the Treasurer of the Board of Education. Friedman refused to divulge to the AnnArbor.com reporter how many nights a weeks he and his family stay in the B-ham home as opposed to their home in Ann Arbor.
Beginning in July 2009, Randy Friedman’s attendance at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings, committee meetings, executive meetings and study sessions plummeted. Over the course of the past five months, since the purchase of his house, Friedman has attended only 1.25 out of 7 meetings. He arrived at one 7 p.m. meeting at 7:50 and the meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.
Clearly, Randy Friedman’s attendance at only 17.8 percent of BOE meetings since the purchase of his “second” home at which he spends an undisclosed number of evenings, is adversely impacting his ability to serve the parents and students of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Board of Education Treasurer Randy Friedman is now absent from meetings most of the time, and at a particularly critical moment in the district’s financial struggles.
Below you’ll find the 2007, 2008, 2009 meeting dates and Friedman’s attendance noted.
FRIEDMAN SWORN IN ON JULY 9, 2007
REGULAR Board of Education meeting attendance:
July 7, 2007: Trustee Friedman was sworn in (Present)
September 5, 2007: Present
September 19, 2007: Absent
October 24, 2007: Absent (Skyline Study Session)
November 14, 2007: Absent
November 28, 2007: Present
December 12, 2007: Present
January 9, 2008: Present
January 23, 2008: Absent
February 20, 2008: Present
March 12, 2008: Present
March 26, 2008: Present
April 16, 2008: Present
April 30, 2008: Absent
May 14, 2008: Present
May 28, 2008: Present
June 11, 2008: Present
June 18, 2008: Present
18 Total Meetings:
PRESENT AT 13 MEETINGS
ABSENT FROM 5 MEETINGS
Attendance rate: 72 percent
JULY 2009: FRIEDMAN PURCHASES HOME IN BIRMINGHAM, MI
July 8, 2009: Absent
August 19, 2009: Absent
September 9, 2009: Present
September 23, 2009: Absent
October 1, 2009: Absent
October 14, 2009: Present (arrived at 7:50 p.m. Meeting began at 7:04 and adjourned at 8:15 p.m.)
October 28, 2009: Absent
PRESENT AT 1.25 MEETING
ABSENT FROM 5.75 MEETINGS
Attendance rate: 17.8 percent
2009 Perfomance Committee Meetings
September 17, 2009: Absent
PRESENT AT 0 MEETINGS
ABSENT FROM 1 MEETING
Attendance rate: 0 percent
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