So, the stumble causes the fall, that causes the fracture, that causes the visit to hospital.
And while it is not always clear that causation can be derived from linear chains of discrete events, maybe it can be if the facts are verifiable.
So, KSN&C asked FCPS spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall:
Is [Fayette County Superintendent] Stu [Silberman] concerned about how the timing of this [outsourcing study] looks in the wake of his request for [Brenda] Allen to produce a report on Petrilli, and KDE's recent exoneration?
Deffendall told KSN&C, "There is no link between these issues. The study was initiated in response to questions by the board chair. Apparently, when the board was looking at revamping the attorney evaluation process, she began calling other districts and found that very few school districts in Kentucky have in-house legal services. Then at the KSBA conference, KSBA was making a presentation about how they’re changing their legal services department at a cost savings and she began asking if the district’s existing model was the most cost effective. It was unrelated to the Petrilli situation.
Still, a rudimentary timeline might cause some to wonder if the public got the full story.
Jan 22-24: KSBA Conference in Louisville.
Feb 1: The latest date that Silberman would have learned that FCPS had lost the KDE review of Brenda Allen's report on Peggy Petrilli. It is unknown if he learned of the outcome earlier, but FCPS did participate in the KDE process and it seems very unlikely they would not have known well before the rest of us did.
??? : At some point Silberman (not the Board) selects Hanna Resource Group to submit a proposal to study outsourcing legal services for Fayette County. They did - and presented it to Silberman by Feb 24.
Mid to late February: FCPS Board members become aware of Becky Sagan's request for a study. Silberman hurries the Hanna study, reportedly without board consent. Amanda Ferguson objects to the study. Silberman presses ahead.
Why the hurry?
The only reason I can think of for a hurry-up study is if Silberman intended to fire the legal staff, an act that would require notification by April 15th. Is there direct evidence that Silberman wanted the study to be a secret? ...or done quickly? ...or to have a particular outcome? Did Silberman know beofre the study was done what it was going to say?
We already know that Silberman the primary source of information for the study.
Hanna did not solicit information from his clients (the board members) or the parties most closely involved (the legal staff) an apparent effort to keep the study a secret.
Silberman planned for a March 15th BOE mtg.
Friday March 12 at 10:30PM - Brenda Allen was blindsided when Silberman informs her of the existence of the Hanna Report, which it appears the board had in its possession for a week or more.
March 15: BOE meets. A biased Hanna Resource Group feeds the Board a bunch of unsubstantiated opinion, which the board swallows whole. Surprise, surprise; Hanna recommends outsourcing all legal services.
March 15: Brenda Allen responds to Hanna Report. Points out flaws and says it was "conducted in secret" and that some of Hanna's recommendations could not be accomplished legally .
March 18: Allen updates her response based on a request from board member Amanda Ferguson.
March 18: KSN&C breaks news that Peggy Petrilli was cleared of testing allegations due to insufficient evidence by KDE.
Asked if the dismissal of charges for lack of evidence lent support to Peggy Petrilli's argument - that the charges were trumped up by FCPS to begin with - KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross declined to speculate. "It would be inappropriate for me to speculate on the veracity of the charges," she said.
April 6 - Allen on medical leave of absence
June 30: Last day of Allen's contract with FCPS