Daily Archives: April 18, 2013

Children First. #DDOE   Scratch that, I mean lies first. So much for making sure monies are used for classrooms, just the enforcement of Markellian and corporatist ideology. I must hand it to the Governor though, he did pick the unquestioning loyal servant to call in his loans. By Transparent Christina,

Go see the DE DOE letter saying they are withholding year four of Race to The Top money 

I going to side with Transparent Christina. The state board was mislead by DE DOE about the Glasgow incident back in 2011 where the former CDS superintendent deviated from the agree PZ plan causing the board to step in. Kilroy has some of it documented here CSD to get back RTTT money but the RTT Titanic is leaking Posted on May 1, 2011 by kilroysdelaware, Yet another blunder by the CSD super !Posted on May 4, 2011 by kilroysdelaware, CSD reveres vote; The rich white guys are back in control of Delaware’s public schools posted on May 1, 2011 by kilroysdelaware |

This is going to hurt but must be done! @destateboarded @governorMarkell

5 Kilroy Gold Stars goes to the Delaware State Board of Education for posting their digital recording of today’s meeting! Technology is amazing ! Board meets today and gets recording of public session of meeting online within hours! The record does give better insight in the Pencader issue and the “fact” the state board has taken all action as required! Also, Pencader did receive all FY2012-2013 state. federal and local financial allocation. To the state legislators visiting Kilroy’s, this is amazing and what is needed for all school districts and charter schools. Pencader might not be closing if there were better transparency. Government cannot be it’s own effective watchdog whereas the people are best suited.

Delaware State Board of Ed published audio recordings early re: Pencader

Well folks here is it hot off the the digital recorder go to 35:45 on the meter. The State Board of Education commented on the News Journal’s information error and stated there was to be no action on Pencader today nor planed in the future. All action has been taken via the review process. Also, Pencader did in fact receive all state, federal and local money for FY2012-2013. “Nothing” was docked as a result of charter being revoked. What type of support was offered by DE DOE? Listen to the recording! Pencader does not have funding summer teacher pay re: July and Augusts! Teacher chose the pay cycle! No faith in Pencader #’s! I love the term “expectation”! April 30th school closing for us not to expect? No definitive responses! Exploring all of the options with school ? Folks doesn’t sound like Dover is committing any additional money. Has Pencader reached out to private funds? Response by DE DOE , none that I am aware of ! Wait, they are working with vendors for breaks! Go listen to the recording! And yikes look out Moyer !

Folks these recordings are an amazing window to transparency! If Pencader public board meetings were recorded and put online even Frank would have a better understanding what went on! And if they were recorded just perhaps Pencader wouldn’t be closing! Parents of all charter schools need to request their board meeting be recorded.

Grab a chair Jimmy Olsen! Public school financial stress and recovery!

§ 1802. Financial Recovery Team.

Upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Education (“Secretary”) that a school district or charter school is in financial distress as provided in paragraph (1) of this section, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (“Director”), with the consent of the Controller General, may appoint a Financial Recovery Team (“Team”), and the Department of Education is hereby authorized to secure technical assistance and other resources as necessary to ensure the effective operations of the Team.

(1) For the purposes of this section a local school district or charter school shall be considered in financial distress when 1 or more of the following criteria are met:

a. The district financial position report required to be submitted on May 1, pursuant to § 1507(a) of this title, projects less than 1 month’s carryover; or

b. It is projected at any time during the course of the fiscal year that local payroll expenses will exceed projected local revenues; or

c. The charter school has been placed on formal review based, at least in part, on concerns regarding the charter school’s finances; or

d. Whenever a school district or charter school projects that it cannot fund 1 or more scheduled payroll disbursements.

(2) During any period of time when it is determined that a school district or charter school is in financial distress, the Financial Recovery Team shall be empowered to exercise, subject to the approval of the Secretary, control over the expenditure of funds appropriated to a school district or charter school as deemed necessary by the members of the Team. Control shall include, without limiting the foregoing, the right to approve the school district’s or charter school’s annual budget and any subsequent material amendment thereto, the right to approve district tax rates, the right to request drawdown of state financial assistance if applicable, the right to approve financial reporting to the local board of education or charter school board, the right to approve accounting policies, procedures and reports, the right to require a Financial Responsibility Committee be established by the local school board or charter school comprised of 1 or more members of the said board and/or residents of the district or, in the case of a charter school, parents of students attending the school. The Committee shall examine and report on the financial status of the district or charter school and shall have the right to pre-approve any obligation or contract that would require the expenditure of funds by the school district or charter school. Notwithstanding any provision of either this Code or any applicable rule or regulation to the contrary, the authority extended under this section shall apply to the expenditure of all funds received by a school district or charter school.

(3) The Financial Recovery Team shall report at least monthly to the Governor, the General Assembly, Director and the Controller General regarding the district’s or charter school’s current and projected financial position.

(4) The district or charter school shall reimburse the State for all salary and related costs of the Financial Recovery Team.

(5) Upon the recommendation of the Secretary that a school district or charter school is no longer in financial distress as defined in this section, the Director, with the consent of the Controller General, may elect to remove the members of the Financial Recovery Team.

When Christina fell into financial stress they received a “loan”. Stay with me Jimmy. 

Christina’s Final Loan Payment Celebration!

In May, 2006, the Christina School District received significant financial support from Senate Bill 307 with House Amendment 3 in the form of a state loan to bepaid back by the District within five years. The District is pleased to announce that it has made its final loan payment this year, and has fulfilled its financial obligations.

To celebrate our final loan payment, we invite you to attend a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Porter Road Elementary School, 500 Caledonia Way, Bear, DE.  Following remarks by special guests, including Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery, and former Financial Review Committee Chair Frank McIntosh, we will have a sparkling cider toast to the future of the Christina School District.

WTF  Financial Review Committee Chair Frank McIntosh? Payback is sweet for Christina District

State financial oversight ends in Red Clay, Christina school districts

A Financial Recovery Team was assigned to the Christina School District shortly after March, 2006. Superintendent Dr. Lillian M. Lowery had recently taken over the helm and requested a state audit, which found Christina could not meet its payroll. The state ended up loaning Christina more than $12 million in 2006.

Did Frank request an audit when he took over Pencader? Hell NO !

As far as Red Clay’s financial meltdown it was Kilroy who stepped-up before Red Clay officially went into recovery and requested a Community Financial Review Committee, The recovery process under the DE DOE FRT would have called for one. However, once out of recovery the district could disband the committee. So with Kilroy’s GED thinking, he set the stage for a permanent review committee in which a few years later HB#119 came along and required of all public and charter schools. Kilroy was a founding member of Red Clay CFRC and yes a few battles over what was to be posted online pissed-off Kilroy and he walked and on to the show to Kilroy’s Delaware. Though Red Clay might have some $$$ issues here and there from time to time the fact remains they have a world class CFRC webpage . Red Clay records their meetings because Kilroy wouldn’t shut the fuck up and kept being a pain in the ass! And during the first meeting they recorded as a test Kilroy addressed the board about recording the meetings.

The first thing Franks should have done was call for a compete “state” audit! And from there form a plan with the state! The second thing was put all the $$$ cards on the table for the public to see! Third, record all public session of board meetings.  Yikes, almost forget! He should have asked “parents” to “elect” a new parent representative on the board and even ask teacher to “elect” their representative. That’s what I would have done! Enough said and more to come once Pencader is no longer a legal corporation.   

As Jimmy Olsen naps Pencader Frank speaks! The latest on Pencader

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 2:32 pm

Good Afternoon,

As promised I am providing an update to you.  While nothing substantially has changed from my last correspondence, there are some things to report.

First, we are doing everything we can to NOT CLOSE Pencader HS on April 30th.  However, it does remain as a possibility, but one that we do not wish to exercise, if we can avoid it.

I sent a three page letter to Secretary Murphy outlining the reasons we believe the state should support the shortfall that we will experience.  We gave him 7 days to respond.  The letter was sent on Tuesday, April 16th.

As you may have read in today’s News Journal, we asked for $350,000.  Most of this money is for costs of closing the school down.  These costs must be incurred and were not budgeted.  There was no reason to budget for something we did not know was going to happen.

The budget that was submitted by the prior board had enough money in it, if managed very carefully, to get the school through June but not enough money to pay the rest of the teachers salaries (that they earned) over the summer.  These funds would have come from the new allotment of money the school would receive in July, if we were allowed to stay open. There was no frivolous spending on the part of the board or administration during the course of the year.

Our position is that the state closed us down and now must bear the costs of that closure in that Pencader does not have the funds to do so themselves.

We are awaiting their response to our letter.  I will communicate to you what that response is and what it means to Pencader was soon as possible after receiving it.  We are nearing a conclusion to all of this negotiating.  Please bear with us for a few more days.

Sincerely,

Frank McIntosh
President, Pencader HS Board of Directors.

Amazing,  “We gave him 7 days to respond” re: letter to Secretary Murphy. WTF,  Murphy is answerable to Pencader Frank? Looks like Murphy said, talk to the hand!

As you may have read in today’s News Journal, we asked for $350,000.  Most of this money is for costs of closing the school down.  These costs must be incurred and were not budgeted.  There was no reason to budget for something we did not know was going to happen.

Fuck the lawyer’s fees and too bad for the suppliers! That’s what they get for doing business with charters that aren’t transparent when it comes to finances!

The budget that was submitted by the prior board had enough money in it, if managed very carefully, to get the school through June but not enough money to pay the rest of the teachers salaries (that they earned) over the summer.  These funds would have come from the new allotment of money the school would receive in July.

Wrong Frank! You got your FY2013 monies and public schools are required to have June 30th carry over to get them through. Charter school don’t get float loans! You should know that because you were part of Christina’s FRT.

if we were allowed to stay open. There was no frivolous spending on the part of the board or administration during the course of the year.

If there was “frivolous spending” why didn’t you call for an audit? Frank, tell me is there any truth to “rumors” of a checking account with a commercial bank at you know who’s bank? And this was before you came on board! Frank, did you call the DOJ on the “frivolous spending”. Rumor has it somebody hitched a free ride on one of those so-called school trips! Just a rumor Frank! That’s all I have for now! Frank by chance did anyone with Pencader or formerly associated with Pencader call the state auditor’s office?

Our position is that the state closed us down and now must bear the costs of that closure in that Pencader does not have the funds to do so themselves.

Frank, you ain’t getting any money! If Markell does anything he’ll pay the teachers back since Pencader mismanaged it! And those checks will go directly to the teachers! 

We are awaiting their response to our letter.  I will communicate to you what that response is and what it means to Pencader was soon as possible after receiving it.  We are nearing a conclusion to all of this negotiating.  Please bear with us for a few more days.

Well thank God summer is coming because when Hell freezes-over we can all enjoy the cool air! Hey, I got an idea! Go asked Baldwin and his First-mate for some money! What about the charter school queen! I do believe it was her defending the former school leader and calling for Pencader’s board to step-down for not kiss former leader’s ass. Frank, just between you and me and for Gods-sake don’t tell anyone but I think there is real investigation coming! Called it code word “frivolous“.

     

News Journal Jimmy Olsen does a bait and switch re: Pencader #netDE #edude

UPDATE 11:07 a.m. Even Pencader steps up to correct the News Journal! No Crawlfish for Jimmy! It’s O.K. rookie hang in there and stay close to Lois and open your ears! 

Dear All, 
I have been in contact with the Department of Education and wanted to clarify something that has been reported in the press.  There is NO vote at today’s State Board of Education meeting about the future of the school.  We are on the agenda, but only so that the Charter School Accountability Committee can prove the Board with an update.  DOE has been in communication with the News Journal and other media outlets to set the record straight.
I have been asked to pass this along. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Steven Quimby
 
School Leader

Here is what I copied and paste from the News Journal earlier this monring

The State Board of Education is set to decide this morning whether to give Pencader a $350,000 bailout to finish the year or send its students back to their feeder public schools. The state revoked Pencader’s charter in February, citing financial mismanagement by previous school leaders.

A spokeswoman said state officials didn’t want to comment on their possible action. But she released a statement from the agency placing blame for the crisis squarely on Pencader leaders.

“Pencader received 100 percent of the funds to pay its staff salaries and all components of its accepted budget,” the statement said. “Despite warnings from the state and conversations about the careful management of its funds and prioritization of expenses during DDOE’s regular meetings with Pencader since the start of this year, the school has overspent its budget in some of its categories.”

And I commented this:

The Delaware State Board of Education will address “recommendations” of the Delaware Department of Education if any. The action needed to be taken is an “executive” decision to be made by Governor Markell  or within the power of the Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy. The process for reviewing charter schools and remedies has been “completed”. If the state board takes action it will be illegal because there is a requirement for public meeting that allows public input and with notice. The state board of education agenda list the agenda for Pencader as “For information”. the board can’t vote on anything regarding Pencader. The board’s policy notes “Board Agenda items with formal comment periods or discrete identified records, such as Charter School applications or renewals, Department of Education and Professional Standards Board regulations, and student disciplinary appeals,  are not open for comment at the Board meeting at which action is to be taken”. Any vote on this matter will be illegal. The News Journal should know this”.

And this is  the News Journal  rewrite after my post.

The state Department of Education is set to give the state Board of Education an update on the situation this morning.

Pencader is seeking a $350,000 bailout to finish the year or send its students back to their feeder public schools. The state revoked Pencader’s charter in February, citing financial mismanagement by previous school leaders.

A spokeswoman said state officials didn’t want to comment on their possible action. But she released a statement from the agency placing blame for the crisis squarely on Pencaderleaders.

Jimmy, one thing about rinkydink Delaware is there is no place to hide! For the most part our state legislators are real people and have learned to walk among those they govern. We are a three dimensional community where we see “good” reports and media personalities (Even Rick Jensen) as valued members of our community. We know the media folks especially reporters at the News Journal have to kiss their editor’s ass! And just like citizens sending letter to the editor for print reporters sometimes have their work distorted by editors. Jimmy at this point is your Delaware News Journal career you’re not worthy to even look at the shoes of great reporters like Beth Miller. Be a good grasshopper and listen to Lois and Clark. Somewhere is the mix of the news and the events is you. Don’t report from the outside but rather the inside! Just pretend critical events you report impact you not just us! Be a visual thinker and put yourself in the movie! Kilroy’s writing skills suck! I know that! But I have the passion and insight! Get some rookie 🙂

Pencader Frank is trying to play Markell as a putz re: Pencader scam #netDE #edude @destateboarded @dedeptofed @governorMarkell @foxnews

Pencader seeks $350,000 bailout from the state School needs money to finish school year By News Journal April 18,2013

The State Board of Education is set to decide this morning whether to give Pencader a $350,000 bailout to finish the year or send its students back to their feeder public schools. The state revoked Pencader’s charter in February, citing financial mismanagement by previous school leaders.

A spokeswoman said state officials didn’t want to comment on their possible action. But she released a statement from the agency placing blame for the crisis squarely on Pencader leaders.

“Pencader received 100 percent of the funds to pay its staff salaries and all components of its accepted budget,” the statement said. “Despite warnings from the state and conversations about the careful management of its funds and prioritization of expenses during DDOE’s regular meetings with Pencader since the start of this year, the school has overspent its budget in some of its categories.”

The Delaware State Board of Education will address “recommendations” of the Delaware Department of Education if any. The action needed to be taken is an “executive” decision to be made by Governor Markell  or within the power of the Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy. The process for reviewing charter schools and remedies has been “completed”. If the state board takes action it will be illegal because there is a requirement for public meeting that allows public input and with notice. The state board of education agenda list the agenda for Pencader as “For information”. the board can’t vote on anything regarding Pencader. The board’s policy notes “Board Agenda items with formal comment periods or discrete identified records, such as Charter School applications or renewals, Department of Education and Professional Standards Board regulations, and student disciplinary appeals,  are not open for comment at the Board meeting at which action is to be taken”. Any vote on this matter will be illegal. The News Journal should know this!  

In a letter addressed to parents, students and teachers last week, president Frank McIntosh said Pencader didn’t have enough money left to pay teachers’ salaries through the end of the year, putting it at risk of bankruptcy. He said the school needs $350,000 to pay its debts and enable its students graduate.

“The school needs $350,000.00 to pay its debts” The News Journal failed to probe that comments and Markell needs to make it clear that only the debt to the “teachers” is to be honored not the cleaning lady, bus serve, food vendors, suppliers or lawyers! Furthermore, any teacher bailout needs to go directly to the teachers from Markell or DE DOE not through the hands of Pencader! Notice where the News Journal reports “to pay its debts”. To me that is a back door agenda to make sure lawyers get paid.

McIntosh blamed the State Department of Education for Pencader’s fiscal straits, saying state monitors had repeatedly approved the school’s budgets during financial reviews despite knowing they were too thin to cover expenses.

And here is where the department of justice needs to step-in! McIntosh appeared to know Pencader might not meet obligations but moved ahead with school board approval and possibly didn’t communicate to the state required Citizen Budget Oversight Committee finer details of the budget. “These committees shall have full access either electronically or in hard-copy format to all financial documents and financial information in the possession of the school districts they are assigned to oversee, with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees”. § 1508. Citizen oversight of district finances.

Where was and is the Delaware State Auditor! Why didn’t DE DOE inform the DOJ or the State Auditor of possible mishandling of public tax dollars? Where are our state legislators? FYI if there were required recordings of Pencader board meetings you and I would know allot more and spared the state $$$$$$ of dollars! 

Dear Governor Markell, man-up and make  a commitment to these “outstanding” Pencader teachers. They are getting screwed and their only crime is doing their jobs for the kids! But don’t put the money in the hands of Pencader and its school board! PLEASE call for an investigation by the DOJ and the State Auditor’s Office. Pay the teachers! 

Dear Mark Murhpy, its time for some firing at DE DOE and if you can’t do the job perhaps its time to fire you!