Smyrna School District recording as of July 6th 2016 but waiting on August 17th ?

Smyrna School District started recording effective July 6th 2016 board meeting. The had meeting on August 17, 2016 but not recording with the 7 days of meeting per law. I hope to see it posted this week.

 

Seaford School District primed and ready to release board recording

“The Audio portion of Board Meetings may be found here beginning with the 09/16/2016 meeting. Information regarding the minutes of meetings may be found under Board Highlights.”

All is good with Seaford! Their August 2016 board meeting was August 15th prior to the deadline of August 25th.

Thank  you in advance Seaford 

Milford School Board checks in with reordings

Thank you Milford

RECORDINGS

Recordings »

Indian River School Board following the recording law

Woodbridge School District Board complies with recording law

2016 BOARD MEETING AUDIO MINUTES

August 23, 2016

Thank you Woodbridge 

New Castle Count Votech district leads the pack in school board meeting recordings

BOARD OF EDUCATION Meetings – AUDIO

Board Meeting July 25, 2016

August 25 represent the legal switch requiring all Delaware traditional , charter and votech school board to record public sessions of board meetings and post recording online within 7 days of the meeting. 

As you can see, New Castle County Votech district started July 25. On the Augusts 22, 2016 recording there is wonderful dialogue about NCLB aka ESEA authorization.

FYI NCCVT, the technical quality of your recordings is outstanding! 

Kilroy eyeing new legislation prohibiting credit-cards outside state issued PCard system for public / charter schools

The credit-card abuse using public school funding must stop must stop! The state auditor’s office lacks the resources to effectively audit those schools that use commercial credit card outside the State of Delaware PCard system (currently via JPMC Bank). If Publius didn’t decide to go sit in the corner with his tail between his leg, he’d be demanding proof of abuse! Folks the abuse is there and as we seen with Moyer Academy DE DOE doesn’t give a rat’s ass the the state auditor cries their ins’t enough help! To Governor Markell’s credit after being pushed on better transparency. He made an executive order requiring the state checkbook registry by department and school be online. Also, same goes for PCards; State Of Delaware Online Credit Card Transactions However, it only applies to state issued PCard no commercial credit cards obtained outside the state system. Just as an example, I don’t see any PCard transaction for Charter School of Newark and few other charter schools. Perhaps the don’t use credit cards. 

Other reporting changes need! Colonial School District reports monthly credit card expenditures by individual credit card holder  and the state should do the same. But again, the system only report state issued card. Also, even with the current reporting system you’ll see questionable expenditures. Amazon books purchases which may be for pleasure of the cardholder and OMG restaurant, hotel and travel expenditures. The time has come to provide better oversight and transparency of credit card usage using public education funding! Take a look at all school financial monthly report to the required Citizen Budget Oversight Committees. You don’t see credit card expenditures. Sure those expenditures are dumped in the little accounting $$$ buckets. So they are reported tuck in the report. It would be a bad idea for each school to report by card holder. Hey Mr Copeland aka Godfather of transparency! How about your charter school ?? Don’t see PCard listed! Are you using First National Bank of MOM or another bank card?? “NOTE K – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS In November 2012, the School entered into a grid note payable to a related party. The loan is payable in full on June 30, 2014, plus accrued interest at a rate of 5.00%. The loan has been extended and is now due in full on June 30, 2016. At June 30, 2015, the outstanding balance due was $87,294. Accrued interest at June 30, 2015, was $4,566.”  Charlie what bank is this loan through?? ;) 

Normally Publius would jump in here and call me a naysayer and a charter school hater. However, his kind just represent the first defense line in cover-ups!

Now here is something most people don’t know! PCard like many credit cards earn rewards $$$. In Delaware those reward $$$ are cashed in going back in the general fund! We’ll I say in the case of public schools those reward $$ go back to the schools. Keep in mind part of public school operating expenditures come from local tax share. So, I would request the law require rewards $$$ go back to the schools. 

Breaking News: Secretary Godowsky Is Changing Funding Formula So Charter Schools Will Get More School District Money

Exceptional Delaware

Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky is about to set off an education war unlike any Delaware has ever seen.  If you thought the school district vs. charter school war was loud before, you haven’t seen anything yet.

In Title 14, the Delaware Secretary of Education has the authority to change the local cost per pupil.  When a student choices out of their feeder pattern, or their local school district, a portion of that school district’s local funds follows the student to the charter school.  To keep things in perspective, no Delaware Secretary of Education has touched this formula in the past 15-20 years.  There are slight increases each year based on inflation, but they are nominal in comparison to what Godowsky is about to do.

For big districts like Red Clay and Christina, this will hurt them… bad.  Any local school district that sends funds to charter schools…

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All Delaware Traditional, Votech and Charter schools are required by law to record their board meetings “effective 8/25/2016”

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 61

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1.  Amend Chapter 2, Title 14, Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

  • 208. Digital recording of board meetings.

All boards of education of public school districts, vocational-technical high school districts, and all boards of directors of charter schools shall digitally record all of their public meetings and shall make the recordings available to the public on the districts’ or charter schools’ websites within seven (7) business days of each meeting.  These recordings shall remain available on the website for at least 1 year after their posting on the website.  These recordings are not official board minutes, but are a means to enhance communication to the public and to State legislators.  The requirements of this section do not apply to board executive sessions, or workshops and retreats where no voting will take place.

Section 2.  This Act shall become effective 90 days after enactment.

Signed   On  05/25/2016

90 days = 08/25/2016

“and shall make the recordings available to the public on the districts’ or charter schools’ websites within seven (7) business days of each meeting.”

Well folks!  Tomorrow is “R” day aka record your school board meeting as prescribed by “law”. And look very close board members, “within seven (7) business days of each meeting. Not after board approves minutes during following meeting. Because;  

“These recordings are not official board minutes, but are a means to enhance communication to the public and to State legislators.”

The word of the law is “shall”and Kilroy will be patrolling the districts and charter schools’ webpages effective September 2016. And you can bet your ass I’ll fill complaints with the AG’s office and state legislators. 

Crow Pie for Publius re: Christina is open to approve charter schools

Agenda Item Details

Meeting

Aug 09, 2016 – General Business Meeting

Category

ACTION ITEMS

Subject

Board Policy Manual Review – Policy #02.23 Charter Schools

Type

Action

Recommended Action

It has been requested by members of the Christina Board of Education to reaffirm approval of Board Policy 02.23 Policy Statement on Charter Schools and declare itself open to the submission of charter school applications during the 2016-2017 school year for schools opening in Late Summer/Fall 2018 and beyond.
Interested charter school organizations may submit their applications to the Christina Board
of Education, 600 North Lombard Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 

2016-08-09 Bd Policy 02.23 Charter School COVER.pdf (107 KB)2016-08-09 Bd Policy 02.23 Charter School.pdf (30 KB)

Motion & Voting

It has been requested by members of the Christina Board of Education to reaffirm approval of Board Policy 02.23 Policy Statement on Charter Schools and declare itself open to the submission of charter school applications during the 2016-2017 school year for schools opening in Late Summer/Fall 2018 and beyond.
Interested charter school organizations may submit their applications to the Christina Board
of Education, 600 North Lombard Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Motion by John Young, second by Frederick Polaski.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yes: Elizabeth Paige, George Evans, Frederick Polaski, Margaret Mason, Harrie Ellen Minnehan, Shirley Saffer, John Young

 

Appo Super debunks Kevin’s $$$$ scrutiny

Appoquinimink addresses tuition tax hike concerns By Yossi Goldstein 1:13am, August 10, 2016 – Updated 3:30pm, August 10, 2016 (WDEL)

After the initial tax hike notice, one area blogger claimed the district’s tuition tax was not justified based on the increased special needs enrollment and the money had either been transferred out of the tuition fund–or was missing altogether.

At the behest of District Superintendent Matt Burrows, Director of Finance for Appoquinimink Dr. Charles Longfellow provided a presentation at Tuesday night’s monthly board meeting.

“It was just a case of someone not understanding everything,” Board President Richard Forsten said to WDEL after the meeting.

Appo Super was responding to this Blog post by Kevin at Exceptional Delaware ; Appoquinimink Gouges Taxpayers For Special Education Tuition Payments But $5 Million Is Unaccounted For.

Appo Super is digging a $$$ hole with his explanation

“Those $5 million of expenditures are essentially captured somewhere else, and when you actually look everywhere, the money is there,” explained Forsten.

During his presentation, Dr. Longfellow noted the “missing” money wasn’t in the State of Delaware’s checkbook, as it was used to help for payroll and other expenditures. Those funds totaled nearly the entire $5.3 million.

Wait the money was there but “somewhere else”? “It was just a case of someone not understanding everything,” Well when you shift funds from one bucket to another bucket with the intention of putting the funds back in the original bucket how in the fuck do you expect the community to keep up?

Lastly, to the charge that money was transferred out of the tuition fund, Longfellow said that was true, but said that happens nearly every year and is a legal maneuver.

Additionally, Forsten explained that the money went to funds that help settle costs that aren’t part of the tuition tax budget itself.

“Administrative, transportation, stuff like that which isn’t captured in the budget gets transferred to the general operations fund to help defray the costs,” allowed the Board President. “That’s where those expenses are paid.”

So that explains it all right ????????????????? WTF

“All the numbers are there and they’re all justified, its just that you have to know what you’re looking for,” said Forsten.

The increase to the tuition tax went into effect last month, and will come out to $5.42 monthly to the average homeowner, or $65.04 for the year.

Send me the Appo $$$$ decoder ring please !!! Hey Appo Super perhaps you should report by IBUs & MBUs. 

Were minorities in this video paid by Trump to trash Hillary?

The destruction of Red Clay school district delayed

WEIC pushes back redistricting timeline 

 , The News Journal

The timetable for redistricting schools in Wilmingtonhas been pushed back, but the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission is still working toward consolidating half the city’s students into one district.

Adding more at-risk students to Red Clay without sustainable weighted-funding will break Red Clay’s back and negatively impact all students.  Notice I said, “without sustainable weighted funding.”

The time has come to fund all Delaware public schools like Delaware votechs! The state legislators set property tax-rate for Delaware votech schools. They need to do the same for all public schools that might end the $$ waste. If our state legislator don’t have the courage to take control of school funding they should at least do what it right by requiring all public schools including charter schools to report financial expenditures by IBUs “and” MBUs. Also make it a crime for school boards to approve and permit the use of commercial credit cards beyond the state P-cards. All school district should be required to report P-card expenditures by cardholders like Colonial School District does.

WEIC plan cannot work unless radical changes are made to the current school financial structure. Red Clay taxpayers should not fund a wrongheaded plan and no school board under the current financial cat and mouse game should have the authority to raise school taxes without a referendum.          

Cornel West not sweet on Hillary