Before this article starts, I reached out to Danielle Hoffman on allegations she has another Facebook Account. Out of fairness, I had asked her to respond before I published this article and was going to wait some time. She has yet to respond but within 10 minutes or so of my email to her, the Facebook Site Quiglley Danielle and all the anti police posts disappeared from facebook.
A recent vote by Kittery School Committee was held on August 4th, 2020 at the Kittery Community Center. Kittery School Committee who voted not to renew the MOA and effectively get ride of the SRO position. These members that voted no are:
note: DANIELLE HOFFMAN also a MEMBER of KAFA or CAFA
Citizens are reporting that she is also aka. her alternate identity, Facebooks QUIGLEY DANIELLE. You should visit it before the posts are removed. oops too late. Deleted just after 12:16 p.m. August 6th.
It is the belief of many residents that these three individual made a grave mistake. These people voted not to renew the SRO officers Memo Of Agreement effectively removing the SRO officer from the school. Chairperson Julie Dow, the sister of the current SRO Officer Jay Durgin abstained. In the case of DOW, BY LAW SHE HAD TO ABSTAIN.
Danielle Hoffman and Nicholas Chalupa have terms expiring in November 2020. Bedard is up in 2022.
DANIELLE HOFFMAN is also a member of KAFA know known as CAFA. Kittery Advocates For All changed now changed to Community Advocates for All. DANIELLE HOFFMAN is also an elected public official and member of the Kittery School Committee.
Does DANIELLE have an agenda and other identify she needs to explain? I reached out to Danielle for her side but as of this posting, I have not received a response.
Citizens on social media say so. As reported by a citizen on a Social Media Website, she may have a hidden identify on FACEBOOK named QUIGLEY DANIELLE. A quick view of the posted articles on the pages suggest this person pushes anti-police and facilitates the spread of anti police articles that supports the removal of SRO officers from schools. Once post shots a gun masks suggesting wearing a gun on your face mask. Seriously A Gun FACE MASK. It was from a Satire Show but I feel it is still questionable.
Read the last post. STAND YOUR GROUND.
It is the concern of many that Danielle appears to have had an agenda and voted on something that the Kittery Schools Committee handbook and State law shows she should not have. She should set the record straight.
Bedard, Hoffman and Chaluppa should do the right thing and add it to the agenda to MOVE FOR RECONSIDERATION the vote on the MOA and Hoffman should abstain as well as Julie Dow. THEY HAVE HEARD THE PEOPLE SPEAK, NOW THEY SHOULD DO THE RIGHT THING.
The following are excerpts from Code of Ethics, Conflicts of Interest and Maine LAW
School Committee service is a matter of public trust. In making decisions that affect the Kittery schools, School Committee members have the duty to act in the interest of the common good and for the benefit of the people they represent. A conflict of interest may arise when there is an incompatibility between a School Committee member’s personal interest and his/her responsibilities as an elected official in a matter proposed or pending before the School Committee. School Committee members have a legal and ethical responsibility to avoid not only conflict of interest, but the appearance of conflict of interest as well.
Kittery School Department Policy
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER CODE OF ETHICS
Having accepted the challenge of service on the Kittery School Committee, I accept the principles set
forth in the following code of ethics to guide me in helping to provide free public education to all the
students of my school unit within the State of Maine.
A. I will view service on the School Committee as an opportunity to serve my community, state, and nation because I believe public education is the best means to promote the welfare of our people and to preserve our democratic way of life.
B. I will at all times think of students first and base my decisions on how they will affect students, their education, and their training.
C. I will make no disparaging remarks, in or out of School Committee meetings, about other members of the School Committee or their opinions.
D. I will remember at all times that as an individual I have no legal authority outside the meetings of the School Committee, and that I will conduct my relationship with the school staff, the local citizenry, and all media of communications on the basis of this fact.
E. I will recognize that my responsibility is not to operate the schools but to see that they are well operated.
F. I will seek to provide education for all students in the community commensurate with their needs and abilities.
G. I will listen to all citizens but will refer all complaints to the proper authorities, and will discuss such complaints only at a regular meeting after failure of administrative solution.
H. I will support a decision graciously once it has been made by the School Committee.
I. I will not criticize employees publicly, but will make such criticism to the Superintendent for investigation and action, if necessary.
J. I will make decisions openly after all facts bearing on a question have been presented and discussed.
K. I will refuse to make promises as to how I will vote on a matter that should properly come before the School Committee as a whole.
L. I will not discuss the confidential business of the School Committee in my home, on the street, or in my office, the place for such discussion being the School Committee meeting.
M. I will confine my School Committee action to policy making, planning, and appraisal, leaving the administration of the schools to the Superintendent.
N. I will welcome and encourage cooperation and participation by teachers, administrators, and other personnel in developing policies that affect their welfare and that of the students they serve.
O. I will endeavor at all times to see that schools have adequate financial support within the capabilities of the community and state, in order that every student may receive the best possible education.
P. I will resist every temptation and outside pressure to use my position as a School Committee member to benefit myself or any individual or agency apart from the total interest of the school unit.
Q. I will endeavor to attend every regular and special School Committee meeting recognizing that my presence means representation for my town. If I find that this is not
possible for an extended length of time, I will give consideration to resigning from my position on the School Committee.
R. I will recognize at all times that the School Committee of which I am a member is an agent of the state, and as such, I will abide by the laws of the state and the regulations formulated by the Maine Department of Education and by the State Board of Education.
Adopted: March 15, 2011
Kittery School District Policy 1
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
School Committee service is a matter of public trust. In making decisions that affect the Kittery schools, School Committee members have the duty to act in the interest of the common good and for the benefit
of the people they represent.
A conflict of interest may arise when there is an incompatibility between a School Committee member’s personal interest and his/her responsibilities as an elected official in a matter proposed or pending before the School Committee. School Committee members have a legal and ethical responsibility to avoid not only conflict of interest, but the appearance of conflict of interest as well.
A School Committee member has a financial interest in a question or contract under
consideration when he/she or a member of his/her immediate family may derive some financial
or other material benefit or loss as a result of the School Committee’s action. The vote of the
School Committee is voidable if a School Committee member has a financial interest and votes
on that question or is involved in the discussion, negotiation, or award of a contract or other
action in which he/she has a financial interest.
In order to prevent the vote on a question or contract from being voidable, a School Committee
member who has a financial interest must:
A. Make full disclosure of his/her interest before any action is taken; and
B. Abstain from voting, from the negotiation or award of the contract and from otherwise
attempting to influence the decision.
The Secretary of the School Committee may verify in the minutes of the meeting the member’s
disclosure and abstention from taking part in the decision in which he/she has an interest.
It is not the intent of this policy to prevent a School Committee member from voting or the
school unit from contracting with a business because a School Committee member is an
employee of that business or has another, indirect interest but is designed to prevent the placing
of School Committee members in a position where their interest in the schools and their interest
in their places of employment may conflict and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest.
Code of Conduct for Federally Funded Procurements
When a Committee member participates in the selection, award, or administration of a contract
that is supported by a federal award, the Committee member shall also comply with Policy DJH
– Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct.
Appearance of Conflict of Interest
A School Committee member should do nothing to give the impression that his/her position or
vote on an issue is influenced by anything other than a fair consideration of all sides of a
Kittery School District Policy 2
School Committee members shall attempt to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest by
disclosure and/or by abstention.
Appointment to Office and Other Employment
A School Committee member may not, during the time the member serves on the School
Committee and for one year after the member ceases to serve on the School Committee, be
appointed to any civil office of profit or employment position which has been created or the
compensation of which has been increased by action of the School Committee during the time
the member served on the School Committee.
A member of the School Committee or spouse of a member may not be an employee in a public
school within the jurisdiction of the School Committee to which the member is elected or in a
contract high school or academy located within a supervisory union in which the member is a
representative on the union committee.
School Committee Members as Volunteers
A member of the School Committee, or spouse of a member, may not serve as a volunteer when
that volunteer has primary responsibility for a curricular, co-curricular or extracurricular program
or activity and reports directly to the Superintendent, principal, athletic director or other school
administrator in a public school within the jurisdiction of the School Committee to which the
member is elected, or in a contract high school or academy located within a supervisory union in
which the member is a representative on the school committee.
Volunteer activities of a member of the School Committee or member’s spouse other than in
roles that are prohibited by this section may be prescribed by policies developed and approved
by the School Committee.
For the purposes of this policy, the following statutory definitions apply:
A. “Employee” means a person who receives monetary payment or benefits, no matter the
amount paid or hours worked, for personal services performed for a school administrative
B. “Volunteer” means a person who performs personal services for a school administrative
unit without monetary payments or benefits of any kind or amount.
Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1002-1004
30-A M.R.S.A. § 2604-2606
Charter of the Town of Kittery § 4.09
Cross Reference: BCA-School Committee Member Code of Ethics
DJH – Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct
Adopted: February 26, 1985
Revised: May 21, 1991; July 5, 1994; August 2, 2011; January 2, 2019
On the other hand, a municipal official must abstain when there is a significant degree of bias for or against the applicant or claimant such that the official cannot make an impartial decision, thereby depriving the applicant of his or her due process right to a fair and objective determination. Because the presence of that degree of prejudicial bias can only truly be known to exist by the quasi-judicial officer, the decision to step down as a quasi-judicial officer for reasons of bias is a uniquely unguided, internal, and ethical decision most illuminative of a municipal official’s sense of the public trust.
State Law and Ethics
In a sense, all issues regarding governmental ethics boil down to the situation of the municipal official being motivated by conflicting or competing interests. Municipal officials are sworn into public office to serve the interests of the public as a whole, and in the municipal official there is vested a public trust.
A betrayal of that trust occurs when an official is motivated to action as a result of a self interest rather than a common interest. The legal concept of “conflict of interest” as governed by statute, however, is limited to interests of a financial nature only.