by Marion Marks
KTBS News reported videos and facts documenting board member knowledge of Title I Funds used at the central office cafeteria in violation of Title I guidelines, and monetary mismanagement has been noted by auditors for CPSB leadership on numerous departments and example since the 2010 audit that have not been addressed in paying employees and managing physical assets.
Superintendent Goree has a short-term pass to resolve these problems that were not of his making. However, when the attorney for CPSB, Reggie Abrams, consistently suggested that NO internal audits should be released to the public because they create too many issues Goree, the board and the public should cry foul. The 2013 audit once again noted, significant issues not properly addressed.
Abrams obviously generates significant billable hours and appears to spark more controversy than he resolves when he permits less than transparent responses and controversy to fester. The public, pushing board members, must demand solutions to resolve questionable practices that remain in the system. [Record of billing 2007 thru 2012]
Board members have been stopped in the past from attending meetings at the central office when they felt the public interest was being negatively impacted. Abrams was a party to closing board members out of select meetings where they felt the public interest was being violated.
I eagerly await the report tonight at 10PM by Elsa Gillis and KTBS and increasing demands that problems of mismanagement, potential abuse of funding and waste be addressed. Students, teachers, parents and taxpayers all suffer when problems continue for years that repeatedly have been brought to the board’s attention. Superintendent Goree has an excellent chance to demonstrate leadership and clear problems at the Midway office.