Thursday, January 24, 2013

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! HIGH TIMES FOR KANSAS CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER!!! GUNNAR HAND TOOK A WEED CHARGE NOT SO LONG AGO AND NOW HIS WIFE WORKS FOR MAYOR SLY!!!



History always has a way of influencing current events in Kansas City given that this town never forgets anything.

To wit . . .

LAST NIGHT THE MOST KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS REVEALED THE HIGH TIMES OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GUNNAR HAND!!! IT SEEMS THAT MR. HAND TOOK A WEED CHARGE NOT SO LONG AGO AND NOW HIS WIFE IS A NEW HIRE IN MAYOR SLY'S OFFICE DESPITE A SO-CALLED CITY HALL HIRING FREEZE!!!

First, let's deal with Mr. Hand's weed history because it's hilarious and completely unreported by The Kansas City Star despite their "kind" endorsement of this School Board Member.

Here we go . . .



Feel free to check TKC research starting with this case . . .

10LF-CR01069 - ST V GUNNAR HAUSER HAND

Charges you'll find:

Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Marijuana { Misdemeanor A RSMo: 195.202 }

Unlawful Use Of Drug Paraphernalia { Misdemeanor A RSMo: 195.233 }

Apparently, Mr. Hand had a bit of trouble on the road and wasn't able to "keep truckin'" on the HIGHway . . .

Arresting Agency: MO HP TROOP A - LEE'S SUMMIT

Of course because white dudes never go to jail for their drug charges . . . The sentence was suspended.

Now, how did we match up this info with Kansas City Public School Board Member Gunnar Hand?

Obviously, there aren't a lot of guys named Gunnar in Kansas City but we required more precision than that . . .

AND SO, A SIMPLE DOMAIN NAME CHECK FOUND MR. HAND'S CAMPAIGN WEBSITE REGISTERED TO THE SAME ADDRESS AS THE WEED CASE!!!

Brief aside . . . It's funny how the dude's website has a bright green banner.

But I digress . . .

I don't want to put the guy's address on blast but here are redacted websites to further prove our work . . .



66th St. is pretty big street so it's not like I'm giving directions to his house. Still, all of this info is public via Casenet and any simple domain checking site. TKC FUN FACT - All interested parties should grab a screen cap because this info will get wiped from Casenet in just a few days.

And so . . .

SHAME ON THE KANSAS CITY STAR FOR ENDORSING A CANDIDATE FOR SCHOOL BOARD WITHOUT EVEN TELLING READERS THAT HE HAD TAKEN A DRUG CHARGE AND HIS RECORD INCLUDES SUPERVISED PROBATION AND A SUSPENDED SENTENCE!!!

More . . .

SO THERE'S YOUR GREAT WHITE HOPE TO SAVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WALDO AND BROOKSIDE!!!

Thinking . . .

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GUNNAR HAND MIGHT HAVE BEEN HIGH BUT HE WAS NEVER A MIGHTY GOOD CANDIDATE TO TURN THE KCPS AROUND!!!

As of late, the KCPS is fighting to save their district in Jeff City once again and it might be worth Missouri Education officials noting that one of the School Board members took a drug charge but still seems to be buzzed about the future of our schools.

In case anybody was wondering . . .

YES, I'M GONNA RUN ALL OF MY WEED JOKES INTO THE GROUND AT THE EXPENSE OF GUNNAR HAND!!!

Now . . . On to the high times of Mrs. Hand - A recent hire of Kansas City Mayor Sly . . .

This message came our way last night:

"Ashley Z. Hand, new Chief Innovation Officer in Mayor's Office. Wife of Gunnar Hand, member of KCMO School Board. I guess there is a "hard freeze" on hiring except for the Mayor's Office apparently."

So, it's not a big stretch to suggest: "The Hand Clan" is close with Mayor Sly.

Of course, there's always the possibility that this isn't part of political alliance with Mayor Sly who still entertains notions of garnering influence on the School Board; she might have earned the job by her own merits and skill.

ARE YOU STONED?!?!

What THE MOST KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS have revealed here is that the sordid history of one School Board Member now connects with Mayor Sly playing by his own rules at City Hall despite the economic suffering of workers.

These are high times for Mayor Sly and his political allies like Gunnar Hand and wife given that none of them have to answer tough questions or seem to feel at all accountable to the last remaining voters in Kansas City.

DEVELOPING . . .

143 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Was the star wrong for not telling us?

Maybe.

But consider this Tony:

People change and Gunnar has a great deal he can contribute.

If you really want the best for KC. Maybe you should give this guy a chance.

Anonymous said...

Since it should be legal, nothing to get too upset about.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the Zzzzzzzz guy on this one.

Anonymous said...

If he were black you people would call for his resignation.

JdX said...

Are you people crazy? He needs to resign or be forced out of office.

How can you justify a man who has a problem with drugs being in charge of the education of our children?

Sly Gave Hand a Job? said...

Let's not forget that Hand is a buddy of the despised turncoat Jeremy Lefaver. Which puts him in the Crystal Williams coven.

Has his wife undergone drug testing as terms of her employment?

chuck said...

Now we know where the 15K went.

If he just got popped once and isn't a chronic offender, he will shotgun his way to the top.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he should work for COMBAT.

Superdave said...

Mr. Hand: What are you, people? On dope?

Gunnar Hand:Yes! As a matter of fact we are.

Mr. Hand:
Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you're doing?

Gunnar Hand: All I need are some tasty snacks, a cool buzz, attend a KCPS meeting or two and I'm fine.

Anonymous said...

How much you wanna bet that he was tokin' the light fantastic on Crystal William's back porch with the hated turncoat Jeremy in recent history.

Bob Marley said...

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself

Thomas Jefferson said...

‎Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”

Anonymous said...

Yes, Crystal if you start making phone calls trying to cause trouble for Cathy Jolly like you did yesterday, the shit will hit all your friends.

No one will want to drink white wine with you at cute venues or on your back porch if they know they will walk away covered with shit.

George Washington said...

Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere

Overheard at a KCPS Board Meeting said...

"a friend with weed is a friend indeed....."

Miss Sweetie Pie said...

Mr. Tony,
Now this is a funny story, but don't go wading into the tall grass.
Gunnar Hand seems like a genuine and nice person. A little dopey perhaps. His wife got herself a job? with Sly? How nice for KJ. Kid now has a couple he can hang out with and be all bad.

Riding that train, high on cocaine...oops, make that weed

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Crystal Williams is being told keep her sperm filled mouth shut at the legislative meeting on Monday, if the name Cathy Jolly (friend of Senator Holsman) comes up.

Overheard at City Hall said...

"That is not a drug. It’s a leaf,"

The Jib Checker said...

"I think pot should be legal. I don't smoke it, but I like the smell of it and the cut of it's jib."

Also Heard at a KCPS Board Meeting said...

"I used to smoke marijuana. But I'll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening - or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning. . . . ...But never at dusk."

John Adams said...

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption."

Pancho Villa said...

"La cucaracha, la cucaracha, Ya no quieres caminar, Porque no tienes,
Porque le falta, Marihuana que fumar."

Overheard From (Cindy) Office at City Hall said...

"Hey, everybody, we're all gonna get laid!"

A Ghost of Ward Parkway said...

Cathy Jolly, now there is a name that you would think might be for a fun time but first you would have to be drunk as well as stoned out of your mind to wanna party with that and only if she was sharing that primo smoke she likes so well.

chuck said...

I wish I liked the shit.

I've tried, but it just sucks.

The next day I am all lethargic and spaced out.

Most of my friends smoke like fuckin chimneys. They all keep jobs, nice families etc etc and they are sure as hell not as grouchy as I am.

I hate the shit, gives me headaches and makes me even grouchier.

But, it should be legal, too many people smoke it to enforce a ban against it, without criminalizing a gigantic porportion of the population.

Legalize it like booze.

I have NEVER seen anyone get into a fight or punch their wife on pot.

Anonymous said...

How did his wife get this position as chief innovation officer. She's not from here from what I can find, most of her experience is in L.A.

She doesn't even have a proven track record. Very strange.

mark smith said...

I used to smoke weed. I still do, but I used to too.

Anonymous said...

1/24/13, 8:07 AM I bet Cathy Jolly turns the lights off, does not move and never makes a sound. She would be afraid she was messing up her hair. Her idea of a BJ would be a quick close of the lips around your penis, then a rough fast handjob using the index finger and thumb being careful to move to the side so that "none of that" gets on her 1950s style 4 piece nightgown set. Se still thinks of herself as that 10 year old dancer with the forced smile.

Jesus Christ, Son of God said...

My father, Almighty God wanted everyone to have and enjoy marijuana. That's why he made it a weed!

Anonymous said...

Ashley Z. Hand
Believes that enriching her world enriches those who dwell in it
32, Associate
AECOM
Kansas City, Mo.

Ashley Hand is fascinated by the ways the built environment affects and reflects how people live and work. Her strong desire to enrich the surroundings of others prompted her to assist in developing revitalization plans for communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. While working for AECOM in Los Angeles, she and her husband Gunnar co-founded a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting integrated intermodal transportation. After relocating to Kansas City, Hand was named liaison for associate architects by AIA Central States, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

Ahh I see. Let me tell you about all the fantastic things you could do if you already rich.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

When was he charged? This is just like a DWI. He needs to resign. Not for smoking but for not being truthful.

Anonymous said...

So the guy can't even manage his web site and he's a major "player" here in KC?

Oh Jeezuz

Weed Smoking Utopian said...

Never fear. A bright future, rapidly approaching in celestial proportions, free streetcar transportation for all! Green things in abundance, sustainable of course . . . . until the money runs out.

Anonymous said...

As the latest from the St Louis Fed shows, as of the just completed quarter, US GDP "growth" since the "recovery" is now the worst in US history, having just dipped below the heretofore lowest on record.

So let's keep hyping up how great everything is, and is going to be.

Anonymous said...

True dat.

Anonymous said...

Almighty God made hemlock too. We supposed to enjoy that?

Anonymous said...

Great. The board looks like a joke now.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry. All us boomers can be Bank of Mommy and Daddy to all these "young people" the city wants to attract with their never ending list of demands.

Anonymous said...

That's two handjobs for Kansas City - at what cost?

Anonymous said...

The question is, is he sneaking the smoke when off work? Or working stoned?

Anonymous said...

Major fail on West and the rest of the board for not performing a simple public records search on their candidates.

Did Gunnar really think the public wouldnt find out , or just wouldnt care? Says alot if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, where does Gunnar get off!?! He should just keep sitting in his (mom's) basement eating snack cakes and watching soft porn, instead of proactively trying to come up with solutions that might make the lives of our city's kids better.

Anonymous said...

So what? The last three POTUS' have admitted to smoking weed. Its pretty stupid to be caught driving around with it, but how does this affect his job performance? I don't know and neither do you.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit. Alcohol is 100x worse and its totally legal.

Anonymous said...

But would they be able to hold office with a case 10:29?

Anonymous said...

Gunnar Hand is expected at an open community meeting tonight at Border Star in Brookside for a Kansas City School Board Public meeting. The meeting is scheduled from 6:00-7:30 and the purpose is to discuss the future of the KCMOSD public education system. Gunnar is to facilitate this meeting and collect community comments, ideas and concerns. I wonder if he will still plan on facilitating this meeting?

Anonymous said...

Gunnar Hand, a graduate of the Univ. Colorado-Boulder (party school, hippies, pot) is a regular pot smoker? I'm shocked....NOT!!!!

Seriously though, if it's illegal and he's on the school board, what message does that send to the youth?
It's ok to break the law, it's ok to drive while impaired, etc.

Anonymous said...

"Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man."

(also, Gunnar Hand? COME ON. That? Is the best. Fucking name. Evaaarrrr)

He should TOTES plan on facilitating that meeting! Why the fuck not?

Oh, Gunnar Hand.

Sigh.

Anonymous said...

We should all show up and call for his resignation.

Anonymous said...

We should all show up and see if he'll give us some ganja!

Aloha, Mr. Hand (indeed!).

Anonymous said...

I suppose City Hall Human Resources could have just said. Busted for weed? Oh don't worry about that no one will ever find out about it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they would 10:39. We lock up more people than any other country in the world. Getting arrested is easier than falling off a log in this land of the free. You probably know more folks than you think with a criminal record, and they are probably doing a heck of a job at whatever they are working at.

Mr. Hand if you're nasty said...

You guys all need to get laid.

Sincerely,
Gunnar Hand

Anonymous said...

I agree that smoking reefer is not that bad, but he was driving under the influence. This is the LAST thing this Board needs with Jeff City watching so closely.

The writing is on the wall...

oh YEAH BAYBAY! said...

http://www.linkedin.com/in/gunnarhand

Specialties:
Grassroots organization

Ahhhhh. You don't say ...

Anonymous said...

On this one who really cares about the KCMSD. With this leadership is just par for the course.

Anonymous said...

God speed to anyone trying to fix this shit hole of a city. Good luck to the Hands.

Anonymous said...

Citizens have the right to know if people within city government or associated with it are drug users.

Anonymous said...

And now we do. Does anyone recall if Gunnar ran for this Board seat previously while he was on probation?

Anonymous said...

And now we do. Does anyone recall if Gunnar ran for this Board seat previously while he was on probation?

Anonymous said...

The list of non drug users would be shorter, 11:59

Sgt. Stedenko said...

Dope, drugs, weed, grass, toot, smack, quackers, uppers, downers, all arounders. You name it we want it!

Anonymous said...

To plan, design and build livable, sustainable communities.

Translation, cram as many people into the least amount of space as possible without any thought as to future repercussions, overcrowding, over development, and call it "livable".


Not to bright.

Anonymous said...

Not too bright, either. :D

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Mr. Hand portrayed in the early 80's flick, "Fastimes at Ridgemont High"? If my memory serves me correctly, he was a history teacher and was highly against "pot", at least with Jeff Spicoli. Damn, that boy is still alive? Well, maybe smokin some weed brings additional years to your life. Who would have thought?

Party on Mr. Hand!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's not illegal to scrutinize city officials. Let it begin.

Anonymous said...

Must be nice to be able to hide this sort of stuff from public view when running for something. And not be required to disclose the full story.

Anonymous said...

Anything else besides weed?

Anonymous said...

Glad city hall runs such rigorous and thorough background checks on everyone.

Anonymous said...

I once saw Cathy J in civilian clothes at Quik Trip. Anybody who says they wouldn't hit that, and enjoy it, is either hitting a super model, gay, or lying.

Anonymous said...

My gosh, he's listed as an "Eagle Scout" as well. What happened to this boy? The Wacky Tobacca went to his head. This story should be breaking news tonight on all the channels!!!!



Good JOB, TKC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are correct, 12:18 the first.

Learn it.
Know it.
Live it.

Anonymous said...

Biggest commented thread I've seen on this blog in a long time. Usually something this big involves the KCPD. lol

Anonymous said...

There was a 35 question questionnaire from the Star required for a Star endorsement. I guess the Star doesn't ask, have you ever used drugs or been arrested?

Anonymous said...

There is a thread with over 100 comments from this past Sunday re: kcps/waldo/walmart Check it out. Great info.

Everything kcps does creates drama. Not fair to the families, teachers and students of this district.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't he disclose this stuff?

Obviously someone running for public office isn't going to publicize an arrest for drug possession in their advertising and marketing campaign.

But it's still outright lying and concealing the truth. How do you trust someone like that?

Anonymous said...

Yes, they create extraordinary drama. It would be ideal if the Board would start to really examine the shortcomings of this district to which they share responsibility for. While the lesson for Gunnar is to recognize that he should lead by example and model the behavior and expectations we would have for these students, it is apparent that this was not what he intended to do. Given his inability to just be honest about this conviction (which I don't find reason to personally judge him on), this makes it that much easier to question his credibility and dedication to the KCMOSD students.

Ben's dad said...

"If it grows from the ground, it's probably okay."

Anonymous said...

So Tony- are you going to tonight's meeting with Gunnar taking the lead in defining the global vision of this district?

Anonymous said...

Given his inability to just be honest about this conviction (which I don't find reason to personally judge him on), this makes it that much easier to question his credibility and dedication to the KCMOSD students.

Nailed it.

Anonymous said...

Airick will probably be the one to answer the serious questions tonight from parents and the media.

Anonymous said...

The Star Questionnaire is long and exceedingly poorly executed. That questionnaire has been known to ask state officials whether they would repeal federal acts. Outside of the morons in the Republican leadership, and apparently Jason Noble, knows that state legislators cannot repeal federal legislation. That example should provide a measure of how bad The Star's candidate questionnaire is.

Anonymous said...

Anyone going there tonight to ask, I understand you were arrested for drug possession, and didn't mention anything about it to the public. Whats up with that?

Anonymous said...

Did Holsman really unleash this as payback against Crystal for the Cathy Jolly thing yesterday?

Someone knows, and someone will talk.

Anonymous said...

Whats up with it is he would never have gotten into the position he is in if he had disclosed this 1:00. People would have basically written him off as nuts.

Anonymous said...

I am planning on attending the meeting but do not expect that Gunnar will be in attendance at this point. As one individual has keenly suggested, Airick will be the likely individual to respond to the public comments and concerns. I suspect a prepared statement is being written regarding Gunnar's conviction especially given it was a suspended imposition of sentence and his probation was completed prior to joining the Board.

Anonymous said...

Yes the youthful indiscretion pitch. It was only an ounce of weed no big deal.

Anonymous said...

Yes the youthful indiscretion pitch. It was only an ounce of weed no big deal.

Anonymous said...

Precisely- and it does not have anything to do with Gunnar's commitment to the students/scholars of this district.

Anonymous said...

Credibility, like virginity, can not be restored once it's lost.

Anonymous said...

You mean commitment to putting money in ones own pocket 1:11. That doesn't take any courage.

Anonymous said...

Very true 1:12.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 1:07 his probation IS NOT complete and won't be until 2/2013. His community service time is what has been completed. So the issue is very relevant.

Anonymous said...

Good clarification. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

1:19 PM is correct. No dispute.

Anonymous said...

Obviously it's time this kid answers some questions. As to why did you cover this up? Welcome to reality.

do it said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB4D-GbQ9A4

Anonymous said...

KCPS to celebrate the work of our Board of Directors during School Board Recognition Week. Jan. 20-26

Wow what timing!

Anonymous said...

Board of Directors Celebration turns into pr disaster. You can't run from Karma!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I missed it, but what work has the Board done that has benefited the students in this district?

Anonymous said...

They posted - - Watch Paseo grad (and former America's Got Talent contestant) Shanice Hayes cover Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" - - on the Facebook page 1:41.

Anonymous said...

Selling a school to Wal Mart they got that done. Guess students benefit from being able to buy cheap shit.

Stating The Obvious said...

The lunatics are running the asylum

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, the hyperventilation. It was a small bag of weed people, geez! Half of Americans have smoked pot, so lighten the hell up.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if he'll sell me an QP?

Anonymous said...

Driving while holding a bag of weed is dangerous. He should be voted off the board.

Anonymous said...

Potheads are safer drivers than cell phone talkers and texters.

Anonymous said...

Whats all the drama? Hell, I'm glad at least one of these yahoos is off the hallucinogens.

Anonymous said...

I just want to go tonight to see if Airick has shaved.

Anonymous said...

Another Kansas City sellout. You'd think this City would be bankrupt by now with all the payouts, seedy transactions and corruption. As long as the Federal government continues to hand the City unmonitored and unaccounted funding, this nonsense will continue for centuries to come.

Anonymous said...

2:22, half of America didn't run for KCPS board and fail to disclose he was serving supervised probation for a drug offense.

Also a MO trooper arrested him. So he was driving.

A little different than smoking recreational weed on your basement.

Repeat said...

2:22, half of America didn't run for KCPS board and fail to disclose he was serving supervised probation for a drug offense.

Also a MO trooper arrested him. So he was driving.

Anonymous said...

Rinse

Repeat Again said...

2:22, half of America didn't run for KCPS board and fail to disclose he was serving supervised probation for a drug offense.

Also a MO trooper arrested him. So he was driving.

Anonymous said...

Hand can smoke pot, drink the bong water, whatever. But I don't want someone who is on probation for that to be on my school board looking out for my kids and in charge of the teachers, administration and the budget.

Sorry, it's thumbs down. I think he should resign.

Anonymous said...

I think the focus of tonight's meeting is going to change from the original agenda...

Anonymous said...

That is EXACTLY the problem. They cant focus on the schools because of all the drama that constantly follows 1-2 board members.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. He should resign and get it over with. If people on the school board lack integrity and honesty we and our kids are basically screwed.

Anonymous said...

Are they required to tell the truth, the whole truth, etc?

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/189741_561637147185100_1970430085_n.jpg

Anonymous said...

It's what now a scandal a day since Funk left?

Anonymous said...

Hand is also tight with John Sharp. In fact, Sharp thinks Hand is the best thing to happen to SKC in a long time.

Anonymous said...

This will be a good test to see what kind of shape-condition our City's Ethics Commission is in.

Anonymous said...

Still agree with the Zzzzzzz guy on this one.

Anonymous said...

Well, as long as he didn't smoke a cigarette. We certainly can't have that. he he he

Anonymous said...

6:18, are you high???

This is hardly a snoozer issue.

5:15, the City's Ethics Commission (which is in lousy shape by the way), doesn't have jurisdiction over school board. I don't know if it would matter. Ethics Commission is worthless; they've been MIA for a long time.

Anonymous said...

So...what happened at tonights forum?

Anonymous said...

Hey TKC readers, any updates from tonight's forum?

Any "smokin' in the boys room?"

Anonymous said...

I see Nicastro was in KC today meeting with the board. I wonder if she heard this breaking news.

Weird how this was timed out.

Anonymous said...

ITS OFFICIAL> THE EAGLE SCOUT BROUGHT WEED AND NACHO DORITOS for everyone in attendance. Even Aarick smoked a bit!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE DO NOT get me started on ALW.

He is no role model; the way he treats women puts him in the gutter category.

I would take a weed head over that loser ANYday.

Anonymous said...

Gunnar showed up late.

Anonymous said...

In all seriousness, while I don't think smoking MJ is a serious offense, it remains illegal. More importantly everyday we tell our students that they should not participate in these types of activities. My concern is that having a board member guilty of recent, illegal drug use sends the message that the rules apply to some, but not everyone. As a school board member, he will participate in the suspension/expulsion of children for the very same activity that he apparently engages in. This concerns me.

Anonymous said...

11:04, you conveyed my same concerns in a very articulate manner. If you are serving supervised probation for one drug charge and another drug-related charge, perhaps you should complete your sentence/probation before running for office, especially school board. It sends a totally hypocritical message and kids are very much affected by hypocrites. Watch how they respond to the "do as I say, not as I do" style of parenting and discipline. And how can parents take Hand seriously?

More importantly, how can the state?

Mr. Hand has done an enormous disservice to the KCPSD. He should resign and quickly.

Anonymous said...

12:12, couldn't agree more, and this will cast a pall over his wife's new position as well.

Anonymous said...

Last night was fairly well controlled. There were several board members present and while Gunnar showed up late, he had assistance from Airick West when needed and another individual who indicated that a parent's concerns were going off topic when she asked about Superintendent Greene going to Jefferson City, which the audience was clapping over because they were very poignant questions- but certainly posed a challenge for Gunnar. There were several breakout sessions that attendees could participate in and Gunnar had a 'scribe' to write down 'big vision' ideas related to leadership, parental involvement, student achievement, and community involvement. While accountability came up and Gunnar had listed this under leadership, he failed to recognize that this includes him. He seemed to switch the topic from the Board to DESE to Greene and then fall back on being new and engaged more in community involvment and city planning.
The concept of accountability just escapes him completely.

Anonymous said...

12:33 This issue was not specifically addressed at all last night? Board stays losing..major fail. I guess they will just ignore it until it goes away.

Anonymous said...

That is accurate 1:44. It was not addressed whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

You suck Tony. This kind of shit happens to everyone. For all we know it could have happened ages ago. People change. Look at a lot of the presidents of the United States, lots of them have smoked pot! And they are the leaders of the free world. Get a life Tony. For all you know Mr. Hand could end up being president someday and you will still be writing this shitty blog.

People saying he should resign is bull! He has not even been able to do much with the school board yet. Give the poor guy a chance. Its not like he put the school district in this position in the first place. Obviously if he got voted in people want him there!

Anonymous said...

Did they discuss Hale Cook?

Anonymous said...

I do not recall any specific statements made regarding Hale Cook.

Anonymous said...

3:54, careful of your blood pressure. Now lets destroy your comment one piece at a time.
Obviously Gunnar Hand's arrest, guilty plea and probation did not happen "ages ago" as he has not yet completed his two years of supervised probation.
Presidents have smoked pot or claim they didn't inhale, but can you name one who was elected while in probation for a drug bust? I didn't think so.
Hand should resign. He ran for the board without disclosing his criminal record and probationary status. Had he disclosed it, he very likely would have lost the election. People voted in a product under false pretenses.
12:33, who attended the meeting and observed Hand, said Hand has no concept of accountability. While he might not have put the school district in its current predicament, Hand's drug bust, method of handling it, and way of behaving publicly suggest he is ill prepared to help the district.

Frankly, the voters in the district got screwed. They need to hand Mr. Hand his walking papers.