There is no doubt that there is some truth in this statement. The board had to realize that being in the evening news every single night is not good for the community or for the children.From where I sit, I think the BOE majority (Kohls, Petroni, Rigano) agreed to accept the mediator's contract recommendation for two reasons:
1.) Give the raises in return for the Union dropping the negotiation violation charges, and
2.) Try and minimize the negative publicity around Kelly Kohl's and her reelection bid.
If this had gone on further, especially if it resulted in a strike, Petroni and Rigano would be almost assured of becoming a 2 person minority on the BOE. Now with the strike avoided, they hope to avoid that additional negative publicity. Trying to cut their losses. Still plenty of fodder for the other side with the circus they started around the Constitution and other subjects, the human resources court case facing them, etc.
In my opinion, the BOE majority's support of the new contract is all about trying to cut their losses and protect at least one BOE seat in the upcoming election.
Additionally, I think they should have kept the levy at the previous $9.2M level. This would allowed for the reinstatement of some services/classes previously cut, make some progress vs. growing class sizes and provide some risk management if the state funding and other anticipated new revenue sources don't pan out. Reducing the levy amount was another political move, not good fiscal management. Penny wise, pound foolish.
The one thing that I do find amusing is the thought that all the parents, teachers, citizens, firemen, police officers, city workers, etc. will somehow forget what an idiot Kelly Kohls is. In Novemeber, we will remember, and no matter how Kelly tries to smooth things over she is done for. Her bags should be packed, her political career of extremism and attacking those who work for a living and actually pay their bills will be over in a few short months.