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Local mother to hold tailgate before controversial school board meeting

Updated: Sunday, September 22 2013, 10:34 PM CDT
Reported by Ewa Roman (ERoman@sbgtv.com)

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP -- A local woman is putting a new twist on tailgating. She plans to hold a tailgate right before a controversial school board meeting Monday night. The tailgate will take place at the Susquehanna Township High School parking lot. It starts at 5:00pm Monday. The school board meeting starts inside the high school auditorium at 7:00pm.

Parents claim there are academic and disciplinary issues in Susquehanna Township School District classrooms. Then, the Auditor General announces he's extending an audit of the school district, saying he wants to get to the bottom of current board activities. On top of all of that news last week, assistant principal at Susquehanna Township High, Shawn Sharkey, is charged with having sex with a student.

Jessica Taleff has two kids who attend schools in that district. But, she's trying to sprinkle some positive into a negative situation, before Monday night's school board meeting. "Having a pizza tailgate before the meeting is a fun way to involve students and let them see that, just because you don't agree with something, doesn't mean it has to be angry or hurtful or disruptive," said Jessica Taleff, tailgate organizer and mom.

About one-hundred people are expected to show up at the tailgate. One of them is Maggie Moates. "This is a tipping point, where people are really paying attention to what's going wrong with the Susquehanna," said Maggie Moates, parent.

Maggie pulled her youngest out of that school district. "I had her go to Votech, because how frustrating it was, all the bullying, teasing," said Maggie.

Hoping their voices will be heard and that things finally change, kicking it all off, with a football tradition. On Sunday, CBS 21 News asked the Auditor General, when we can expect to see the results of the audit. He couldn't give us a timeline saying, "Depending on circumstances and what issues come up the time frame for any school audit can vary."
Local mother to hold tailgate before controversial school board meeting


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