"Lead and Learn" were not charter schools. They were conversion community schools sponsored by the Liberty Local School District. The Board thought they were going to get paid twice to educate the same select students. This was a deal too good to be true and it turned out not to be true. The problem was with the negligence of the Board and administration.
January 22, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.
Just like Liberty Local School District never publicly advertised an open position on the board due to the resignation of Gloria Lang, the board and administration failed to get anything in writing during this whole “Lead and Learn” fiasco. The board then failed to get a letter of credit for the additional $100,000 promised after the $250K payment was negotiated. When we asked at a board meeting about a letter of credit to ensure the $100K be paid, we were told that they did not need it but they would get the money for sure. Well, now we learn that the $100K is in question. Obviously, the BOE negotiated the $250K money and the verbally promised $100K money because they did not want to go to court since they had nothing in writing. Attorney Grinstein, a former board member, was praised for these negotiations but then decided not to run again for the board. Do these people do everything with a handshake and a smile? It is time that the public realize that students were “chosen” to attend the private school within the public school building and everything else with the administration and board is done in secret and the public is duped every time. They now say that they were lied to by people who ran “Lead and Learn” but they have no written documentation proving it. This is the 21st century. Who runs a business like this? They wasted the public’s money and now will probably come to us for more money through another levy. Don’t buy it. They need to learn the hard way how to manage money and to be more transparent. It is obvious from the emails in the Vindicator that people in charge are hiding a lot of dirt. Please get involved and speak your opinion.And, did you know that particularly everyone in the district (teachers, bus drivers, tutors, cafeteria workers) is working under a 2008 contract that contains a “Cadillac health plan.” I am sure the Board that is supposedly currently negotiating will not be like Niles and stand firm but will give them an even better “Mercedes” plan even though they are broke. Get involved. Come to the board meeting Monday night.
January 22, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.