Wednesday, March 4, 2009
After several years of failed levy tries and threats of massive cuts, you have to ask yourself some key questions. Were any students affected negatively by the cuts? NO! Student state test scores actually went up according to The Blade and the AW Super. Were there massive staff layoffs? NO! Did the buses stop running? NO! Did we waste $150,000 in levy tries? YES! Did the Super and Board succeed in wasting people's time and gas by having to go to the polls repeatedly, making signs, etc.? YES! All for what? Not one thing. The community stood firm in their belief that the school system just didn't REALLY need additional funds at this time. The community made their voice clear to the Super and Board. They told them to make cuts. These were some of the same cuts identified by the ODE Audit as I have repeatedly quoted. What a waste of time and energy by the Super and Board. We can only HOPE that they have learned something. As a community, we must make one last statement to them. Please do NOT waste our time in the future by crying "wolf". Until then, we will continue to watch for fiscal responsibility in OUR school system.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
If you are a member of the AW Staff, I couldn't imagine you would not be concerned with the ODE Auditor findings in the ODE Performance Audit. If any teacher or staff member is NOT concerned with the negative audit findings, I can only hope you are NOT teaching my child. You are not the positive example I expect from a teacher being paid by my tax dollars. Money is clearly MORE important to you than teaching and we do NOT need you. And if you get upset at ME after reading this blog, you are truly hopeless. I did NOT perform the audit. I did NOT write the negative findings - all 100+ pages of them. The ODE did. Sticking your head in the sand and hoping for a raise is not a very responsible and educated thing to do. If my company had an audit performed with so many negative findings, I would be greatly concerned. I would be concerned for my immediate and future financial well being. By NOT fixing these financial problems, YOUR welfare and raises are at risk. A company is only as strong as it's financial statement which in the end results directly affects ones' pay. If you are a teacher and believe you are exempt from the real world, you should guess again. Secondly, if you are a teacher, I applaud you for a superior job done. The negative findings are NOT against any teacher or their performance. The multitude of negative findings are clearly identified against the Superintendent and the Board. They simply are NOT doing their job in accordance with ODE regulations and guidelines. Again, NOT my opinion, but fact per the ODE Performance Audit findings. You demand excellence in your classrooms. Why don't you demand the same from your superiors and the Board? They are but a few. You are many. They are not doing their jobs. You are. In the end, you will not escape the failures of the Superintendent and the Board. This is what this audit explains in great detail.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Ohio Department of Education(ODE) decided to send their Auditors to the Anthony Wayne School District(AWSD). Why? They believed there were problems. What did they find? Many, many problems. The ODE Performance Audit is an extensive audit into the financial & management processes of the AWSD. It identifies in detail problems from all financial and management aspects. It then makes detailed recommendations for the correcting of these problems. The audit recommendations are to assist the AWSD get back on track with the financial & management requirements, many state mandated. Yet the Board and Administration continue to thumb their noses at the audit and recommendations. Why? Are they that stubborn or arrogant? Why do they feel the AWSD is so special that they don't have to adhere to the ODE guidelines and criteria? Why do they believe they know what's better for OUR kids than the ODE and the voters? When are they going to do what the tax payers continue to tell them to do? No means NO! The Superintendent continually states that the NO voters don't understand. This ODE Performance Audit clearly shows THE SUPERINTENDENT doesn't understand how to manage a school system.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Now that you are reading this & hopefully have obtained & read the ODE Performance Audit findings, help get this message out. Email this site information to everyone you know in the AW area. This info is NOT against the AWSD. It is against the continued serious fiscal mismanagement by the AW Board and Administration as identified by the Ohio Department of Education. Demand the Board & Admin implement the ODE recommendations. Demand responsible fiscal management of your tax dollars. In the end you will be helping the community, teachers and staff and most importantly, our children. More money does NOT fix the major fiscal management problems we have now. It will only worsen them. Please - help get the word out. Email this information and web site to your friends & family in the AW area.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Did you know that the AWSD received a 10% windfall or increase in revenue in the form of property taxes collected in 2008? That's over $3 million dollars they didn't anticipate. Just about what they want in the form of a levy. Where did this money go?
Did you know, according to the data provided in The Blade that student state scores have actually dramatically IMPROVED since the levies have failed and the cuts have been implemented? Yet if the levy passes, most cuts will be restored. Why?
Saturday, October 4, 2008
With all due respect to the person that the Administration uses in an attempt to counter ODE Audit data - he is not qualified to do so. Firstly, this person is a staff member in the AWSD. This obviously creates a conflict of interest and bias towards data in support of any levy. When I asked the Superintendent what qualifications this person had in preparing highly detailed audit findings, he stated none. When I asked if this person had performed any previous audits in the AWSD or elsewhere, he stated none. When I asked if this person had any training what-so-ever to perform detailed audit data, he stated none. So the Superintendent wants the AW community to believe data compiled by their staff person with absolutely no background, experience or training compared to highly trained, skilled, certified and seasoned Ohio Department of Education(ODE) Auditors that do nothing but audit hundreds of school systems per year. That would be like having the neighbor kid perform brain surgery on you compared to a tenured certified brain surgeon. Which would you rather believe or trust?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
When asked more than once, the Superintendent has always stated that their budget forecasts have included the $3-5 million dollars being brought into the AWSD by the new FT Mall. Interesting. The ODE Auditor findings have determined differently. The Auditor faults the Administration for FORGETTING to include this money in their forecasts. Now just how do you forget to include several million dollars in new tax revenue? Yes - you guessed it. You DON'T. And if you do forget, then you should be fired for fiscal irresponsibility. Is this what we are paying this Administration and Board to do? Then you have to ask yourself, just what else did they forget to include? You can bet there is much more. Please remember that this is NOT my opinion. This is fact as determined by the extensive audit findings of the Ohio Department of Education.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
According to the Superintendent in one of first public levy meetings, he stated that many more levies are to come. He further stated that he would never stoop to levy games such as pay-to-play, limited busing, etc. I guess he forgot what he said back then since he has brought up both of these issues as of late in order to sway yes votes. He also stated that he would work to balance the AWSD budget. So do it. The voters have stated repeatedly to make the cuts and balance the budget with the funds available. What doesn't the Administration and Board understand? If they continue to NOT understand the word "NO" then it is time to get some people in these positions that will do what the tax payers are telling them to do. Are they deaf?
Another ODE Audit finding - Boards members lack any type of training what-so-ever. And they wonder why they continue to make poor business decisions for the AWSD. And lets not forget what the Board President stated at the beginning of the very first public levy meeting. He told everyone in attendance that they should not blame anyone else but the Board for the present fiscal mismanagement mess. The Board was at fault. Fine. If the Board got us into this mess, then let the Board get us out. This should not be through a BAILOUT by more taxpayer money. Remember that old sayinig about throwing more gas on an already burning flame?
Did you know that the Superintendent allows a select few private citizens to use AWSD equipment, such as copy machines, postage meters, computers, etc.? We are talking hundreds and possibly thousands of tax payer funds. When I called the Superintendent to demand this practice of misuse of tax dollars be stopped, he hung up on me. When I called back, he began attacking me and my job personally. Why? What was he afraid of? I also asked if I could use this equipment in the same manner as these other private citizens were and he stated no. I then asked for a copy of the invoices for the mass mailings and such that this group was generating out of the Bucher Rd Castle. The Superintendent took days to finally generate some invoices and mail me copies. To date, he has NOT supplied me with receipts showing ANY of these invoices have been paid or reimbursement has been made to the AWSD. Tax Payers! WAKE UP! THIS IS YOUR MONEY BEING MISUSED!