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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 ? 

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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.  

Compromise on starting Delaware public school after Labor Day

I’ve been living in Sussex County for a year now and can see the impact of losing summer seasonal labor negatively impacting local business.

A few years ago Delaware State Representative Gerald Hocker was pushing legislation call for the state of Delaware public, Votech and charter schools to start their student school year “after” Labor Day. Rep Hocker is a business owner in Sussex County and relies on seasonal employee. I saw this legislation as self-serving and intruding on local school board control.  We the days of the sidewalks rolling up at Delaware beaches after Labor Day are gone. Summer season in Delaware have expanding beyond Labor Day which is healthy for Delaware’s economy.

I feel a comprise to support the business needs of Sussex County would be legislation allowing students who “wish” to remain working until after Labor Day do so with the condition they send a letter to their school from their employer verified their employment. In return the school district , votech or charter gives the student until the end of the first marking period to makeup any missed schoolwork. This way we don’t intrude on local board control and support business needs that does impact Delaware’s economy.

Red Clay’s 2018-2019 School Calendar indicates high school grades (certainly those students employed working Sussex County would be high school students)  first day is Tuesday August 28, 2018 / Also, Red Clay is closed on Friday August 31, 2018. So we’re talking 3 days where working students can request off. Newark Charter School first day for high school is Monday August 27, 2018 and they also are closed Friday August 31, 2018.

I honestly feel  this plan is a fair compromise and can work.

Time to restrict school board election to board member’s nominating district !

It makes no sense for residents living in Hockessin to vote a board member representing residents of the city if Wilmington.

The time has come to only permit residents living in a given school board nominating district to vote within that nominating district.

We need to end power grabs like Christina’s school board president is trying to pull! 

Oops my ass ! Incompetency still runs deep at the Delaware Department of Education ! And may God be on your side Secret Squirrel :)

Oops. Delaware schools do have to report terroristic threats to the education department, after all , Delaware News Journal Published 11:58 a.m. ET July 12, 2018 | Updated 12:19 p.m. ET July 12, 2018 

One week after it announced schools would no longer be required to report offensive touching or threats to kill and seriously injured students or employees to the state, the Delaware Department of Education has reversed course. 

Clueless ant brains !

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Did Christina’s Superintendent Order Code Red on John Young?

ACTION ITEM Revision Policy #01.12 Statement on Board-Staff Communication-First Read

Superintendent’s Recommendation:
It is recommended that the Christina Board of Education approve revisions to Board Policy #01.12 – Statement on Board-Staff Communication as a First Read.

Background/Analysis:
Good governance requires effective communication between the Board and the
Superintendent. Such communication should be conducive to advancing proposals for the continuing improvement of student achievement and for the proper disposition of personnel issues that occur.

Board-Superintendent relations must reflect a climate of mutual trust and respect. This
policy serves to maintain and transfer Board-Superintendent communications to reflect the
One District, One Vision, One Voice of the Board.
3. Fiscal Impact: None
4. Presented By: Board Members Harrie Ellen Minnehan and George Evans
5. Board Meeting Date: June 26, 2018

I can’t believe what I am reading! The Christina School District Superintendent Richard L Gregg brought forth the “recommendation” ! This action is a clear infringement of the power of school board members who are public elected officials. Folks this is dangerous actions on part of the superintendent ! Word on the street is the superintendent wants to block John Young and other opposing board members from having access to information about some of the district’s shady business. This action of the superintendent suggest he is hiding something!

Our state and local legislator need to wake up and smell the coffee because I believe the district is hiding something big. And as far as board members wanting more detailed information before voting on an action items THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. 

WTF ! Christina School Board President Power Grab !

Christina School Board looks to limit its own access to public information , Delaware News Journal Published 10:30 a.m. ET July 11, 2018 | Updated 12:04 p.m. ET July 11, 2018

Christina School Board members voted Tuesday night to formally consider a new rule that would allow the board president to block other members from requesting information from the district.

Whatever happen to no school board member has greater authority of another?  

The proposed policy, which could be altered when it comes up again for the formal approval, would demand that board members submit all “administrative requests” to the board president, who would then choose, at his or her discretion, what was sent to the superintendent for action. 

What the FUCK ! If the superintendent and board president wants to put roadblocks for “board members” to get information can you image what information they want to hide from the public!

Those in favor of the policy say it will save district staff from performing needless, time-consuming and expensive searches for information. Those who oppose it say it will prevent elected board members from being fully informed or research controversial topics that the powers-that-be don’t want explored.

WTF ! Did we slipping into a black-hole ending up in Nazi Germany 1942 ?

The proposal was voted down on June 12 when it was first introduced by then-board president George Evans. It was re-introduced by him and then-board member Harrie Ellen Minnehan on June 26, but a vote was postponed until Tuesday. Since then, Minnehan’s term has ended.

WTF ? 

The board’s first reading of the proposed policy ended with it being approved 4-3, and it will now move on to the next stage of adoption. Board members Elizabeth Paige, John Young and Angela Mitchell voted no. Newly elected board president Meredith Griffin cast one of the “yes” votes. 

Young charged that the policy would, as written, allow the board president to act in an “arbitrary and capricious manner” and unilaterally deny or alter data requests. 

Meredith Griffin is a disservice to the community and needs to resign !

Two board members in particular — Young and Paige — are known for wanting as much information as possible before voting and have had votes tabled until they get what they want.

Let me get this right! Two board members aka elected official by the community wants to go the extra mile to do their jobs and what’s best for students and the taxpayers ?

2. Several board members have requested data. Evans said several board members have requested information from the district that required inordinate amounts of time and expense to compile, althoughhe could not provide a specific example.

“There are requests that require a great deal of work,” he said, questioning whether tying up district resources to satisfy a board member’s curiosity is worth the time and effort. 

And now you know why he is the former board president ! WTF does these people want to hide?

And what are state legislators going to do about  this obstruction of  duties of elected official aka board members?

 5. The district has a new motto. As part of its new strategic plan, the Christina School District has adopted the motto “One District, One Vision, One Voice.”

That of the board president !

Delaware legislators ruled schools are “not” required to report offensive touching, threats to kill and serious injury to public school teachers or student!

Delaware schools no longer required to report ‘terroristic threats’ , Delaware News Journal Published 9:46 p.m. ET July 4, 2018

Delaware schools are no longer required to report offensive touching or threats to kill and seriously injure public school students or employees to the state Education Department.

A notice of the administrative change was published this week, more than six years after lawmakers eliminated both terroristic threatening and offensive touching of school employees from mandatory reporting requirements.

Tell me I am dreaming and this isn’t true ?

Schools are still required to report violent felonies as well as instances of criminal mischief and vandalism, felony theft, possession/use of alcohol, drugs and inhalants, bullying, sexual harassment, fighting and teen dating violence, state regulations say. 

But a terroristic threat could also be classified as a felony, depending on the content and whether it forces an evacuation or lockdown. Since the shooting in Florida, several students have been arrested and charged after allegedly making threats to school safety. 

Folks offensive touching is a criminal violation in Delaware. Schools may not have to report it but you as a parent and teacher has every right to contact the police and press charges.

Offensive touching, which is the most-often reported offense in Delaware schools overall, could include intentionally touching someone, knowing that the person is likely to be offended or alarmed, or intentionally striking another person with saliva, urine, feces or any other bodily fluid. 

Asked about the time lag, the department’s spokeswoman Alison May said the change is occurring now because the department noted an inconsistency with state law during its regular review of regulations.

 

Kevin O is lighting CSD Fireworks on the 4th

Christina Board President’s Unprecedented Power Grab Is Fascist In Nature

A new board policy under review for the Christina Board of Education would give their Board President an overwhelming amount of power and weaken their board considerably.

Current Board President George Evans and former board member Harrie Ellen Minnehan put forth a proposed policy which would limit the ability of all board members except the President in dealing with anyone in the district.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE …………………………….

 

Trump’s education Executive Order April 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware liberals love affair will illegal immigrants! Yet Delaware homeless can’t set up tents on public property. And then there is DSEA

At the end of the day it’s all about human right and who controls those rights.

I for one, want secured borders and enforcement of immigration laws. HOWEVER, I am for the wall with one condition. All those illegally in American that are non-felony criminals in America or their home country can stay and given a pathway to citizenship.  We must secure the border before moving ahead with this plan.

Back to human rights in America! I don’t condone the defense of illegal immigrants. However, when you have labor leaders such as that of DSEA engaging in issues clearly centered on political bias, I have a problem. Using issues impacting such civil rights issues as a front for political advancement is a disgrace and its disheartening to see these people in jobs serving children. DESA leaders have alienated their own membership who happens to be Republican casting them as second-class members. Where is DSEA leadership leading groups into community serving homeless children and young adults? Did DSEA leadership organize members to open their homes to children of illegal immigrant parents where some are justifiably detained. Such as repeat offenders? In no means am I bashing union members! I support unions for the sake of due process. My dad was a union activist back in the 50’s and early 60’s. It cost him career advancement whereas he remained a grunt. As was happen doing so with no regrets. My point is , taking membership dues  and advancing bias political agendas while alienating members of the opposing political party ! Never in my over 20 years of engagement of educational issues have I seen a DSEA leader stand on such an egotistic self-serving politically bias platform. NEVER ! And yes , I know DSEA traditional is left leading. But former leaders have been more tactful and less disrespectful. The differences comes down class or ass! I hope Wilmington Charter School teachers move towards organized labor takes notice. They would be better off not funneling money to DSEA but rather build financial resources to ensure they have the means to be strong within. Being part of a politically bias group outside the scope of education is a poor path to solidarity. 

As far as homeless in Delaware, why can’t they setup tents on public property and why can’t law enforcement patrol those camps to protect these citizens? Why are the homeless citizens taking a backseat to non citizens aka illegals entering America illegally? BECAUSE YOU CAN”T BLAME TRUMP!

Then there is “Black Lives Matter” ! Yea ! Black Lives only matter when we get close to election time. Generation after generation of minority children have been failed by public school and may charter school systems. I am not saying teachers! I am saying systems. We hear , “we need more money to better serve minority children”. It hasn’t been working! Title 1 for an example went for targeted assistance for high poverty children to a school-wide system that serves all within. We allow teachers who receive poor evaluations on the verge of loosing their jobs to VT to other schools. Most often those school are high-poverty and high-minority schools. Poverty within public education has become an  “industry” that creates more jobs with more managers than needed. Obvious more community based education programs and year-round education services are needed. Traditional summer schools at public schools are nothing more than running mice on a treadmill. What about the disparities in managerial positions with state positions?

Criminal justice systems in Delaware. Police have become the enemy and prison have become dogs.  Talk about separating children from parents! OMG ! Delaware does that we’ll with its criminal justice system. More affluent whites and blacks buy their way out of jail whereas, poor blacks can’t. How many mom’s and children are separated by low-level drug offenses? Illegal entering this country over and over are defending by the white majority in this country demanding housing for families while illegal parents are criminally processed whereas most are released in America while waiting for further court appearances with NO $$$ Bail! Meantime, poor naturalized citizens busted for misdemeanors must pay bail or stay in jail separated from their children! Yea yea !! They broke the law and that’s what they get! So why doesn’t this apply to illegal  immigrants?   

Currently in Delaware and America black America and homeless America don’t mean shit! The war is on Trump and the battle field is now opposing Trump and defending illegal immigrants! Hang in there black Delaware and America! The tide will turn as elections get closer but you might have to wait until 2020. Sorry homeless people MM’s back yard is for his pleasure not your tent.        

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Delaware State Legislators refuse to address Obamacare crisis by address state insurance regulations.

Yea yea it’s all President Trump’s health insurance premiums will be going up in the fall. And somehow he’ll be blamed for increases the years past.

Delaware regulates the insurance industry via the State’s Insurance Commission and state laws that govern.

Delaware state legislators still refuse to enact laws that allow citizens to purchase healthcare insurance plans across state lines. This coming fall Delaware citizens part of the healthcare exchange program will have only one choice.  

Delaware health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

Aetna left, Highmark continuing to offer plans; 25% average rate increase based on elimination of CSR funding and lack of mandate enforcement

One choice “Highmark” ! As far as the elimination of the “mandate” ! Too bad! Obama had no business dictating to citizens they “must” purchase healthcare insurance through his unsustainable plan and noncompetitive plans.

Delaware legislators refuse to allow citizens the right to purchase healthcare insurance plans across state line. Delaware legislators refuse to promote competition that would help drive-down costs.  

Delaware legislators refuse to require themselves and all state-workers to go through the exchange. Why can the taxpayers paying for healthcare for state legislators get the same rates ?  Why are taxpayer burden with paying for legislators healthcare and their own? Where is single payer healthcare for all in Delaware ?

You’ll see! DSEA leaders will be one of the first blaming President Trump for increase healthcare cost but fail to call for fair share healthcare plans that include teachers and the public.

If Obamacare is good enough for the people it should be good enough for Delaware State Legislators.

 

Delaware Governor Carney Morphing into Trump

In a dramatic example of a petulant personality that cannot get his way through the legitimate legislative process, Governor Carney has chosen to emulate a Trumpian tactic that shows a healthy disdain for the democratic principle of separation of powers. After failing to get support for his balanced budget constitutional amendment (HB 460), the governor has signed an executive order today, the last day of the legislative session, attempting to force the same mandated budget cuts onto Delawareans through his preparation of next year’s budget bill. In this blatantly disrespectful attempt to abrogate power from the legislature, the governor even barred members of the public from attending the press conference where he signed the executive order.

This lack of respect for the legislative process and separation of powers should never happen in our constitutional democratic republic. It is totally unacceptable in Delaware and should be rejected by the Delaware people.

The press release is below, and the the full text of Executive Order #21 can be read by following the link.

 Representative John Kowalko

What I love about Kowalko is , he calls it like he sees it ! And listen to podcast of Kowalko talking to WDEL’s Rick Jensen ! http://wdel.streamon.fm/listen-pl-2284?smc=6

MEDIA ADVISORY 

June 30, 2018 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jonathan Starkey

Cell: (302) 256-8364

Jonathan.Starkey@state.de.us 

TODAY: Governor Carney To Sign Executive Order on Budget Smoothing 

DOVER, Del. – At 4:30 p.m. today at Legislative Hall, Governor John Carney will sign an Executive Order to implement recommendations of the DEFAC Advisory Committee on budget smoothing. Following the signing, Governor Carney will be available for media to answer questions on the final day of the 149th General Assembly. 

WHAT:

Governor Carney will sign an Executive Order on budget smoothing, and hold media availability on the final day of the 149th General Assembly. 

WHO:

Governor John Carney

Mike Jackson, Director, Office of Management and Budget

Rick Geisenberger, Secretary, Department of Finance

Jeff Bullock, Secretary of State

Michael Houghton, Chair, Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council 

WHEN:

Saturday, June 30, 4:30 p.m. 

WHERE:

Governor’s Office

Legislative Hall

411 Legislative Avenue

Dover, DE 19901

 https://governor.delaware.gov/executive-orders/eo21/

Senator Gillibrand call for abolishing ICE is TREASON

New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio echo progressive calls to ‘abolish ICE‘ , USA TODAYPublished 4:17 p.m. ET June 29, 2018

“zero tolerance” immigration policy.”I don’t think ICE today is working as intended,” Gillibrand said on CNN Thursday evening. “I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues. And I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out”

ICE = U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “ENFORCEMENT”

“In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense. One of the agencies in the new Department of Homeland Security was the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE.”

ICE is doing their jobs within the immigration laws! Abolishing  ICE and replacing it with something better doesn’t change the fact many illegals will be deported!

At the end of the day, Senator Gillibrand is protecting her senate seat appeasing radical liberals. She doesn’t care about the safety of America or immigration law.