Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Columns, Updated Again: IX

My last update on the Columns was just a couple of days ago, but I've learned a lot more in the last 24 hours. Senator Allen's office put me in touch with another Delanco resident who has been birddogging this issue since day 1, and he filled in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge base. He is building a well-documented, thorough case study on how behind-the-scenes politics happen and what concerned citizens can do to keep the politicians from running roughshod over us.

During our conversation, he raised some very interesting questions concerning the current situation, wherein the Capital Academy "children" have been doing yardwork on the Columns' grounds.
Given that this activity is happening between the hours of 9 and 2 on weekdays, what is their school status that would allow them to be outside working?
Are they marked absent from school? If so, what reason has been given by their legal custodian [Capital Academy]?
Are they marked as present? What kind of school program would allow them to be off doing yard work on private property when they should be in class? Is this work considered educational by their school district?
Maybe it's a field trip. If so, did the field trip have approval from their district?

These questions, along with many others, deserve answers. I'm beginning to think that they deserve to be answered in front of a jury.