Saturday, December 13, 2014

WORK PLACE BULLYING CONFIRMED IN THE FWISD



We are here to support the blog by Dr. Sutherland on the bullying occurring to employees on the hands of Sorum and Breed.



 We know of cases that are ongoing and Dr. Sutherland mentions a few examples.  One example is an employee who was demoted upon reporting something that administration did not like and have stressed the employee to the point that they want to give up.  The employee is basically made to settle for measly money but more important the district does what it can to discredit and basically ruin their record.  Interesting the point made by Dr. Sims regarding employees who leave and may want to return and yet there is something placed on their file that does not allow it.  Smells like bullying to us. 
Dr. Sutherland hits it right when administration goes into a school and completely disrupts the processes that a principal may have setup because they don't like it.  But interestingly enough the principals are only following what Sorum and Company have said to do.  So let's see you make a change of programs in the middle of a semester and now want results because you are on the hot seat?  Take Morningside Elementary with millions invested and no major results to see, you have the same administration on board since 2008 and nothing.  But we know that Breed and the current admin are in the same sorority and so they are sisters who continue to harm children's education.  We know that the director in 2008 had hands tied when attempting to correct the wrongs with the principal and Breed shut that down quick. 

But back to bullying, we used to have a cultural diversity training that helped many employees bring out the bad apples in the district, the department dissolved and the employees reassigned, resigned or forced out.  Now you no independent person investigating any incidents of anything.  Take technology money issue, the employee was demoted and moved to another department.  So Sorum and Breed get to move up and get raises and yet are not producing the results.  Tell us what improvements have been made since Johnson came on board and these same individuals were there?  How do you justify their evaluations when the district is sinking?   

Dr. Sutherland, the best way to deal with bullying is having independent counsel look into the cases or have OPS report only to the board and not administration.  The other is for you to ask questions at meetings about cases and the results of such cases of which you have mentioned.  Let the facts come out.  When palazzolo brought his case, the case was talked about in open session and when we all heard the information something did not seem right, that's where Vasquez and you voted against the firing because it sounded fabricated.  Johnson left knowing that the district would go into litigation and here we are almost 1 million and counting.  There are many voices that are silent because they fear retaliation and being bullied.  We need to cut these two out and help save the good people that are still in the FWISD.  You cannot expect results when your employees are being accosted by Sorum and Breed.  Our children are suffering because of the talent we are losing and yet we keep hearing it and watching it unfold.  We need board members to take charge and make FWISD attorneys accountable for the money they spend, 1.5 million is for bullying and ruining the lives of employees. 

THANK YOU DR. SUTHERLAND FOR VOICING THIS OUT.  Now we now know that INOK has been ISOK to BULLY!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LEGAL FEES PART 2**UPDATE**

***UPDATE




If any of you tuned into the board meeting, there was a lively discussion of sorts about the request for an additional 1.2 million for legal on what was said were the day to day operations.  FWISD attorney Carrillo was looking more for 1.5 million.

We protested heavily and had Dr. Sutherland and Paz who helped table the agenda item because of the many questions we have on what taxpayer dollars are paying for.  The other discussion came when a list of vendor attorneys were presented and voted on it separately because the thought was that the money was being paid out up front.  We hope that administration was being up front about the reason for the request and no money is being transferred unless services are rendered.  But the central issue is why so much money and what is going on that so much money is needed?  What other legal issues are we battling?  We can see consultation but how much does it cost per hour to consult or how is it paid?  These are things that the public needs to know, just like your nutrition label, gives us the facts on what we are buying.

We also know with the lawsuits that are ongoing just the high legal fees being paid to TASB and other attorneys.  We keep coming back to the Risk Management Fund which has a 1,000, 000 limit and of course FWISD is responsible for fees, etc.  Well we know that the agreement ended in 2013 and from all indications no one knows why it was cancelled or who did it.  So at this point FWISD is responsible for everything even though TASB has the case.  They started the Palazzolo case and they need to end it. Regardless we kind of did the math and this is what we figure out to be the cost of that case not counting the other suits.  Also with the board not having anything related to TASB on the agenda for another contract then we assume there is nothing binding except what they started with.

As of October 2, 2014 TASB has spent $911,104 out of the 1 million limit on the contract.  This is on top of the $350,000 FWISD indicated in open record that it had spent on the original battles against Palazzolo.  So with the virtual fund being depleted thus far then we see how a 1.2 million request would basically replenish it.  Plus FWISD paid the $100,000 deductible.  If you add most of it up it comes out to $1.4 million all together so far which would make sense for Carillo to request $1.5 million.

Board members, if you have been briefed or not at least now you see where we are headed with something that could of been handled and settled.  Oh don't forget the $2.4 million settlement judgement won by Palazzolo that is pending.  All the district had to do early on was to settle the case for $300,000 and give Mr. Palazzolo his job back since he won by a jury trial.  Think about how much more would of been saved but there is a hidden agenda by some members to hide the wrongdoings that we will expose at some point.  You can't keep hiding the truth and just as members and admin go to church and preach the truth will save you, then we need you to walk that talk.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwTy1YYjNPSmlJaXMtdVZsbC1oMTZNRk5BQlRF/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwVVRoN0VfWmJ1OW9nVGRVaEVIUWdpLWZQcDRv/view?usp=sharing

Sunday, December 7, 2014

CIA EXECUTIVE SESSION-LEGAL FEES

While the FWISD keeps their executive session private, CIA doesn't.

We know that the district is going around requests for information on all fees related to the cases that have been dragging for years.  Recently the district released information regarding fees which to some degree it doesn't make sense.  Now the board will vote on increasing the legal fees to $1.2 Million which can only mean that they are going to fund more frivolous investigations and drag on with Palazzolo and all other suits brought against the district.  We do know outside counsel TASB has been doing some investigations which have not been brought up for discussion even in executive session.  The witch hunt continues under the current regime and we will expose each and everyone of them for their corrupt practices which is Mafia Style.

Board members why keep hiding the legal fees?  Why are you not asking for transparency unless you know and are part of the system you are asked to keep accountable?  What is so pressing we need to spend more money on lawyers?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwRzdoQU5mTy1YM21JMjJmOVk2LWdYZ3dKX19F/view?usp=sharing

So we go back to a story the FW Weekly did on what the district paid out other lawsuits and came across what former attorney Bertha Whatley referred to as the TASB Risk Management Fund which is exactly what we have been discussing.  Apparently there the district reimbursed TASB which to us sounds like a deductible type when you have a case and you pay your deductible which in this case you are giving it to yourself but it doesn't cover much of the 1 million and counting that have been spent.  How much does that fund hold?  Where has the money for the Chavez, Duran and others come from?

http://www.fwweekly.com/2012/06/26/school-tax-dollars-work/

Dr. Sutherland can you ask the questions for us?  We need to know where our tax dollars are going because if there is a money tree somewhere we would all like to have one so that we never run out of money.  Any fund has to be given funds to operate we cannot see TASB having an unsurmountable amount of money for every district in the state.

Friday, December 5, 2014

CIA BRIEFING

Just to keep you updated on everything FWISD and to make sure that we keep everything fresh in our mind.  Remember FWISD likes to keep you waiting and waiting so that eventually you give up and they keep on doing their thing.

Let's start with the board agenda coming up and a few things that have caught our eyes. 

One item is the possible extension of the contract with Linares.  So this means that either the firm can't find a good candidate or they are wanting to make it long enough to where they say let's put Sorum there since he is here already.  Let's keep on fighting folks Sorum is bad medicine.  Board members we are watching.


We thank Dr. Sutherland for pushing for us.  According to her blog the SCAs will be on the agenda for voting so that we can see just how our elected leaders will do.  If they truly take their job seriously they will listen to the teachers, students and parents and not a bureaucrat like Sorum who is trying to prove something that he cannot do.  He cannot lead nor know exactly what is happening in our schools. 

Also Dr. Sutherland is asking where the money for all these legal fees are going.  We know they are hiding plenty.  So they want 1.2 Million for legal fees, what is going on?  Lawyers getting rich on the backs of our students who still lack adequate resources.
Then a little bird has been spreading the news that Former Super Johnson and Linares have been having a few meals together.  They were spotted by a source.  Funny how Johnson brought in Reyna and hung Linares out to dry.  We all know people don't just leave, if Linares really had retired and moved on she would not have taken the job now.  There were fights all along.  Anyway we smell cover up on issues that Johnson created folks.  We hope both enjoyed their dinner and don't celebrate too much yet because we are watching. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

TEACHERS AS BEGGARS

So our teachers are not getting what they need to teach in the classroom even when they are forced to teach to the test.  So how much money are we paying the consultants who can't consult.  Travesty board members that you the simple task of following up on what you say is not even done.

Many of you boast that you are for the schools, teachers, students and here we are one semester over and teachers have to beg for resources.





Sunday, November 30, 2014

BACK ON THE ISSUES: THE BOND, NEW SUPER, PALAZZOLO CASE

We figured the district thought we would forget about these issues after a nice Turkey dinner!

Well we haven't and we won't until we see results.

Let's start with the superintendent search.... the firm of Ray and Associates has been conducting the search and among the items was to meet with the community to hear what they want in a new superintendent.  Resoundingly they want someone who is not a current or former employee, we already went through one and look how it turned out.  The community told them stories about the lack of trust in the administration and board members, workplace bullying, corruption and generational gaps that do not allow the district to move forward.  Ray and Associates is proud of their record in find good candidates because they listen to stakeholders and they have spoken loudly.  Here we have their mission statement:"We will provide our clients with the highest quality services to assist them in hiring leaders who will meet district specific needs and positively impact the education of all students."

This brings us to the issue we have now with the likes of Needham who from what we hear is pushing Sorum to go for Superintendent.  If you recall back when Johnson left, he applied for the El Paso position and got rejected so he stayed as consolation and got a hefty raise.  Needham needs to know loud and clear that the people do not want someone who is currently working in the district.
Johnson brought him and she needs to dance him away.  We need to oppose any inclination of Sorum being a candidate for Superintendent.  The reason the district is where it is it's because he has been involved for more than 5 years and has ruined it.  Every year is something new and teachers are tired of it.

After seeing that picture we all may need a drink, heavy one at that!!!!

Now we move onto the PALAZZOLO CASE
As you may remember the district has stopped discussing at the board meetings anything related to the case.  They did not discuss the appeal made nor any of the decisions made by the court.  The district is wanting to move the case from Wise County to Tarrant County because they have the big whigs ready to squash this case down.  The new hearing is set for December 22 and guess what, the district requested a jury hearing.  They figured that Joe would give up and that it would not come at a time when they are searching for the new super.  Well they are wrong and are doing everything they can to stop this from continuing.  Remember that the district was sued for TOMA violation.  Once again they sent a request for change of venue in the name of the FWISD Board of Trustees who have not voted to make that motion nor anything related to the case.  Utterly incomprehensible that our elected leaders are not taking this seriously and allowing funds to be used without accountability.  There is no insurance that is paying for this, the district is paying for it.  Below are documents that were filed.  Dr. Sutherland we need you to make a point of order to ask when the decision was made to appeal and also how the lawyers are making requests on behalf of the board when no votes have been taken.

DISTRICT FILES MOTION FOR CHANGE OF VENUE
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwTkZvbVA0dTJHcWRJcF85VWJ3dE5IUjItLTY4/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwLWdMV29zV3JJeHFxTFVDSktkUE56QTYxVU5v/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwUzRUM3owR0xveEV6TmkwT21yT0ZSOU1CaUw0/view?usp=sharing
After reading the documents all I can say is FWISD should of hired monkeys to do the work because the rebuttals are horrendous.

TOMA SUIT
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwWmY5TFRoMlg2dnQ5SEtwTl90Uk9LUHRyMTVF/view?usp=sharing

FINALLY.. some links related to the last issues we had with the prior bond and also one document of how Hank Johnson brought the GPISD budget down and then left.  As he just did with loss of revenue.  You be the judge.

http://archive.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=2392

www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20100712-Fort-Worth-ISD-audit-findings-withheld-4934.ece

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/50/220906a6.pdf

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AND THE BOARD RACE IS ON!

Dr. Sutherland has decided to run for re-election next year!

Who will be next to announce?

Elections matter folks, we need to change the make up of this board, get your vote ready!!!