Pension office denies Pencader teachers’ appeals Written by Esteban Parra The News Journal
In addition to denying Shirley Roccia and Bob Lewis’ appeal, the board referred Lewis’ case to the state Attorney General’s Office for further investigation and possible prosecution of misdemeanor charges.
Earlier this month, it was revealed during a public pension board meeting that school leader Ann Lewis paid her husband, Bob Lewis, and two other teachers thousands in wages after the state pension office warned in September it was a serious violation of the pension law. The teachers were wrongly double dipping by collecting both a pension and a paycheck from Pencader, the state alleges.
“The board also notes that is has grave concerns about the independent contractor contracts executed by (school leader) Ann Lewis, between Pencader and Robert Lewis,” according to the pension board’s 13-page letter issued Friday. The letter went on to say that such conflict of interest are potential violating of the state’s profiteering law.
Honestly folks this is gone on far too long. And guess what? There is more shit in the pipeline! DE State Board of Education re: Pencader ” no red flags” and this was July 19, 2012. Coach Murphy needs to get his head out of his ass and earn his pay! Representative of the Delaware Department of Education visits Pencader at least once a month as condition of Pencader’s probation. The house of cards are falling in and DE DOE blows smoke up the state board’s ass! There can be no effective leadership at Pencader is the charter oversight agent DE DOE is ineffective. Odds are DE DOE is giving Pencader leaders enough rope to hang themselves. Good move but what about the students and parents being victimized?
Purely from common sense and a business perspective, its time for the Pencader board of directors to ask the school leader to leave. No buyout or any of that crap because the leaders contract has expired. Seriously, the board votes to renew the leader’s contract the AG should investigate the board members.
I don’t want to see Pencader closed! The hourglass of hope is down to it’s last few grains of sand. It’s now up to the Pencader board of directors to do the right thing.
Why is that when there is good news Governor Markell and his trolls jump up for a photo opportunity but yet when shit hits the fan Markell and puppets go under ground. I am not blaming Markell for Pencaders recent failures because he did allow Pencader to stay open and reorganize. The school leaders are responsible for this mess and disservice to the kids. The renew the school leader’s contract would be near criminal.