At a packed town hall meeting at Odyssey Charter School Wednesday, Josiah Wolcott painted an optimistic picture for parents concerned about the state’s recent decision to place the school under Formal Review. ( Delaware Online)
The Department of Education shall promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, establishing procedures for appointment of citizen budget oversight committees for each of the public school districts and charter schools. 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. Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education. Where possible, oversight committees shall contain at least 2 members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. The Department of Education shall provide training to committee members. The Department shall also promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, dictating uniformity and transparency in the financial recording and bookkeeping practices of the school districts and charter schools.
RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WHO SITS ON ODYSSEY’S CITIZEN BUDGET OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
In attendance: Denise Parks Head of School, Riccardo Stoeckicht Campus Operations Officer, Evan Winokur Manager, Transportation, Richard Riggs, Kevin Smith, Michael Padovani, George Hantzandreou Board Member, Vanessa McCall, Samantha Pietryak
How is it possible with all these professional and school employees on the CBOC did this shit go down ?
Some parents are still concerned about the future of their children’s school, using the meeting as a chance to air their grievances, speak in support of Odyssey and ask the question: How did it even get to this point? (Delaware Online)
You got this point because you don’t have a adequate uninhibited financial financial review committee that doesn’t understand their responsibility and who are being spoon-fed by committee member who are school administrators.
§ 1508 Citizen oversight of district finances.
“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”
I see nothing in the committee’s minutes suggest any committee member asked for copies of any finical document beyond what was presented to them by the school
Who is the taxpayers residing in the community on this committee?
Odyssey’s connection to the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association became the main focus of the night, just as it’s become the main focus of the Department of Education’s investigation into the school. Delaware Online
WTF ! Dopy DE DOE Rep was at the financial review table. Why did they questioned related financial concerns and create a conversation a budget review meeting ?
Last week, Odyssey, at 4319 Lancaster Pike in Barley Mill Plaza, was placed under Formal Review by the department. For nearly a year, parents, teachers and community members have raised concerns to the department about the school’s governance and financial dealings. Delaware Online
Nearly a year parents and teachers had their heads up their asses drinking Odyssey Charter School Kool-Aid baking cookies and doing fundraiser like clueless sheep.
Potential conflicts of interest with the Greek organization have been brought to light over the past year, including the group’s control of the school board, influence in hiring decisions, and policy of holding school-related meetings closed to women. The Department of Education is also looking into possible misappropriation of Odyssey funds for the benefit of the Hellenic association. Delaware Online
CLOSED TO WOMEN. I thought this was a Greek theme school? No a radical Muslin school where women are lower than dirt! Misappropriation of funds? WTF.
Odyssey Parents grow some balls and demand a new head master for Odyssey and demand new board leadership. Do give this school any more donations until these changes are made. Also, demand at report from the Delaware Secretary of Education as to why her designee from DE DOE on the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee failed to see these financial conflict of interest and misappropriation of school aka public taxpayer’s funds. The Delaware Department of Education is part of the problem because the secretary of education lack the skill set to effectively provide “proactive” oversight of Delaware’s public schools.
“I can’t speak on behalf of the board,” Wolcott said. “But, it’s definitely something that we’ve discussed. If that eventually happens, it’s going to be a long, robust, detailed conversation.” Delaware Online