It appears stronger than ever that the Delaware School Board Association is poised to lobby against legislation requiring school districts to put copies of their checkbook ledger online.
Delaware just spent 100’s of 1000’s of dollars upgrading their financial software to People-Soft. Red Clay and other school district accesses and inputs their financial data via Data Service Center in which Red Clay pays out the ass for that service.
When I was a member of the Red Clay Community Financial Review Committee I was being rolled under bus being told no way could the district go online and save there financial reports to Pdf. File and be place on the district webpage as viewable only. I won’t re-hash the bullshit but it was proven to be a lie. This file http://www.scribd.com/doc/3175137/RedClayObjCodes0508a was E-mailed to me but a Red Clay insider and I posted on the internet. This report was pulled via Data Service Center in pdf. Format. It’s the object code of expenditure report in which Red Clay has been post on their website “after” I exposed the bullshit lie. This is not a checkbook ledger of line items expenditures but more defined than bullshit condensed reports the district was putting out.
Now for the checkbook ledger online, here again is another lie! You and I can go online view and printout bank statements and even view the checks that were scanned into the banks files. Now do you think the community is so stupid to believe schools districts don’t get bank statements or access accounts online? Also, they have the software as they enter the detailed data into accounting software either stand alone or bridging to Data Service Center. Like any business school districts can run and print accounts payable and receivable reports. There is nothing stopping a school district from printing the monthly bank ledger statements and then scanning it into pdf. format and posting online as a standalone view only file.
Well well well lookie here, this school district doesn’t seem to have a problem!
The taxpayers of the school districts pay association fees for our board members to participate in the Delaware School Board Association. Are we paying these fees so they can band together to screw us? As for the supporting local business may we’ll boycott your products!
Dear state legislators we will be watching to see which legislators oppose putting a simple requirement of a school district’s monthly checkbook ledger online.
Make note, I want to make it clear that this is not just about Red Clay and in fact, Red Clay puts more financial meaningful data on their webpage than “any” school district in the State of Delaware. This is about public education in Delaware and DOE needs to put their itemized expenditures online.
Those opposing school board members seem so righteous to oppose this legislation but yet they stand by while their districts piss money away in wasteful inefficient spending.
The bottom-line is, we are the taxpayers and it is our money not school board members or legislators. So fuck the FOIA where the people are required to pay to see the expenditures of their tax dollars where existing technology can make readily available.
I will not support another Red Clay referendum and will do my best to work against it until full financial transparency is in place!
Wakeup state legislators don’t support the school board’s agenda to hide the money! It time to deliver Delaware and its public education back to the people who you claim to serve.
Hats off to Milford School Distirct! They have a searchable file data base and just need to put their monthly checkbook ledger online by month in pdf. Way ahead of big Red Clay on this one!