Daily Archives: July 20, 2018

Odyssey Charter School board of directors are circumventing state finance law

“Each district and charter school shall post on its web site by September 1, 2009, and every 3 months thereafter a check register indicating the recipient of each check issued by the school district or charter school, the amount of the check, and identifying information regarding the check sufficient to permit members of the public to seek additional information regarding the payment in question. The only information excepted from inclusion in this database shall be records that would not constitute public records under § 10002 of Title 29, and records for which the disclosure would violate any federal or state law.”

Go to Odyssey Charter School’s web-page “Financial Reports & Tax Returns”   and go down page to  Transparency of District Fiances “State of Delaware Online Checkbook”.  They set you up for an endless games of Where’s $$$$ Waldo. The put you in a link to the state’s online checkbook without search by school mode. The LAW state “each district and charter school shall post on its web site by September 1, 2009 and every 3 months thereafter a check register indicating the recipient of each check issues by the school district or charter school”. The law doesn’t say just link you webpage to the state’s checkbook registry. It’s hard to believe their board consists  of lawyers and financial people  

House Bill No.21 requires that financial reports be posted on all public school web pages. The format of the report has been established by the Delaware Department of Education. Questions about Odyssey Charter School’s report may be directed to George Righos

Why is Odyssey finance director making making it hard for the taxpayer see their checkbook registry required by law ? 

Odyssey Charter School Students are pawns in administrative money grab

Odyssey Charter School board struggles to cope after president Dimitrios Dandolos steps down , Delaware News JournalPublished 7:00 a.m. ET July 20, 2018

Longtime headmaster Nick Manolakos, who had been the sole administrator, made about $165,450 a year before the board voted not to extend his contract past its end date of June 30. 

Big mistake pushing Manolakos out! It just goes to show you, even the best employees are disposable. Manolakos is a longtime Delaware educator who has great passion for education and serving children. He has been the heart and soul of Odyssey who ensured fair and open student admission practices.    

Odyssey Charter School parents and teachers have been packing board meetings this summer to question the hiring of a new co-administrator, the convening of committee meetings with little public notice and the resignation of a board president rumored to be in line for a full-time job. 

Obviously parents are being kept in the dark like clueless sheep and the board must feel its no of their business!

In June, they demanded to know why the board hired a second administrator at $150,000, plus a $7,500 signing bonus to cover health expenses. He will share control of the school with Denise Parks, who will also make $150,000. 

Somewhere is all of this there is political ass kissing 

The jobs were not advertised and stakeholders didn’t know about the change in leadership, they said.

Its new co-leadership model is unusual among Delaware schools, most of which have a single head of school, but more common in other parts of the country. 

Stoeckicht previously served as president and CEO for Innovative Schools and had been working for the school as a consultant on financial and other matters. His contract was about to end, but in 2018 Odyssey already had paid him $92,311 for his services, according to Delaware Open Checkbook

Bingo !!!!!!! Innovative schools ! “Financial and other matters”. One would think all of this would be noted on the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee meeting minutes. If note committee members are failing at their jobs. What were the “other matters” ? How to overthrow Manolakos? 

“In the last four months, a lot of surprises have occurred with this board,” said Jon Stewart, Odyssey’s facilities manager, talking to the board at Wednesday’s regular meeting.

Odds are the next surprise is termination of your job Jon. Pretty bold of you making this comment! But thank you for showing a sense of integrity.  

When several staff members said June 4 that they were concerned about the quick hiring, the personnel committee’s LeGrow said that in an ideal world they would have had a nationwide search.

“But we aren’t living in that ideal world,” LeGrow said June 4. “The reality of the situation is we’re up against a timeframe, that didn’t, in our view, as a committee, allow us to perform that search.”

At the end of the day it will be teachers, students and parents suffering because Odyssey’s financial positioning is taking a negative turn. Also. one must question the personal morals of the board of director who appears to be serving an outside political influence   

I urge Odyssey’s teachers to consider unionizing to protect themselves and students from a board of directors who appear to be putting politics before student and staff needs. I am not the biggest fan of DSEA but it might be time to reach-out.

Odyssey charter school board of directors is taking Odyssey down a wrong path and for-sure at no fault of the teachers  quality education services will erode.

I urge Odyssey parents to organize a PTO that they control and focused on real share decision-making. Don’t be clueless sheep for a self-serving board of directors.