Watching East St. Louis School District 189

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Gonna put it in the want ads…….

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Apparently School district 189 is looking for a new board member.  Maybe they are looking for more.

All I know is that  if you blinked last week you missed the notice and the Ad.

Someone at East St. Louis School District 189 placed an ad in the wanted section of the Monitor last week—-the ad was entitled: “NOTICE OF BOARD MEMBER VACANCY”  huh?  Who left or is this part of the new control by the State?  Be still my heart—-could we dare wish it to be Greenwood?

While it is unclear who will select the new member or even how that member will be chosen—I say every eligible citizen in East St. Louis apply.

 

District 189 forced to pay for investigation of District 189

In East St. Louis City Council, East St. Louis Politics, School Board Election, Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

According to the News Democrat, the Illinois State Board of Education has ordered that East St. Louis School District pay for the services of a former prosecutor to investigate nearly every aspect of the goings on at District 189 from hiring to consulting contracts to grants.

A. Courtney Cox former Federal Prosecutor

Now, the hiring of a former prosecutor who works for a St. Louis Law firm could mean a  couple of things.  For instance, when the State first came in they, like any smart business entity, conducted an audit. And perhaps the audit of District 189 revealed that there were crimes that had been committed or the audit revealed that during the summer of 2011 the shredders were working overtime at 189.  In any case you need not just a lawyer you need a Criminal lawyer with a prosecution background.

And for just for your entertainment here is what the State is directing the former Prosecutor to do—as you can see it is a lot of stuff —take a gander at the  highlighted part of his marching orders:

CONTRACTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES – LEASES

 

  1. Obtain copies of all contracts and leases entered into by the District since June 1, 2004
  2. Obtain copies of all documents showing payments made under the contract – lease
  3. Obtain all documents pertaining to bidding process for each contract or lease, including:
    1. minutes of board and committee meetings that relate to the contract – lease, including audio recordings of the meetings
    2. advertisements for bids
    3. bid documents
  4. Prepare an inventory of all such contracts (not including consultants) and leases in spreadsheet format, showing:
    1. Identity of the contracting – leasing  party
    2. Date of the contract – lease
    3. Subject of the contract – lease
    4. Amount of the contract – lease
    5. A history of payments under the contract – lease
    6. The relationship of contract and lease holders to District personnel
  5. Determine whether contracts and leases have been, and are being,  substantially and adequately performed by the contract and lease holder
  6. Interview contract and lease holders and contractor employees, and others with relevant information, under oath and on the record, where indicated
  7. Prepare a report of data, findings, and recommendations

 

PERSONNEL

 

  1. Identify all persons who have been employed by the District from and after June 1, 2004
  2. Prepare an inventory in spreadsheet format of all persons identified in 1 above, showing for each:
    1. Date of hire
    2. Current employment status
    3. Positions held (showing dates of each position)
    4. Qualifications and credentials, including education
    5. Salary, including any raises
    6. Bonuses paid
    7. Benefits
    8. Relationship, if any, to other District employees and/or Board members
    9. Job duties, including evidence that the employee is performing these job duties
    10. A description of the available work product of the employee
    11. Criminal history (including criminal background check where indicated)
  3. Obtain minutes and recordings of all meetings from and after June 1, 2004, including Personnel Committee meetings, in which hiring, termination or layoff of any employee was discussed 
  4. Obtain the  personnel file of all persons identified in 1 above, where indicated
  5. Interview employees, and others with relevant information, under oath and on the record, where indicated
  6. Prepare a report of data,  findings, and recommendations

 

CONSULTANTS

 

  1. Identify all persons who have been retained as consultants  by the District from and after June 1, 2004
  2. Prepare an inventory of all persons identified in 1 above in spreadsheet format and for each such consultant, verify and show:
    1. Date of contract
    2. Current contract status
    3. Qualifications and credentials, including education
    4. A history of payments to the consultant
    5. Relationship, if any, to District employees and/or Board members
    6. Contractual duties, including evidence that the consultant is performing these job duties
    7. Work product of the consultant
    8. Criminal history (including criminal background check where indicated)
  3. Obtain minutes and recordings of all board and committee meetings that pertain to the retention of each consultant
  4. Interview consultants, and others with relevant information, under oath and on the record, where indicated
  5. Prepare a report of data,  findings, and recommendations

INVENTORY and EXPENDITURES

 

  1. Identify and inventory, in spreadsheet format, all financial expenditures of the District from and after June 1, 2004
  2. Analyze and compare expenditures to yearly budgets
  3. Obtain all audits of the finances of the District from and after June 1, 2004, including the audit of the United States Department of Education
  4. Obtain and analyze minutes of Finance Committee meetings, from and after June 1, 2004, including audio recordings of meetings
  5. Obtain copies of all inventories of District property from and after June 1, 2004
  6. Identify and inventory, in spreadsheet format,  all property purchased by the District from and after June 1, 2004, and for each, identify:
    1. The item purchased
    2. Date of purchase
    3. Date of receipt property
    4. Cost of purchase
    5. Identity of seller
    6. Relationship of seller to District employers and/or Board members
    7. Current location of the item
    8. For items that are not currently accounted for, establish the date of loss and the basis for the loss
  7. Conduct interviews, under oath and on the record,  as necessary to determine the foregoing
  8. Prepare a report of data,  findings, and recommendations

 

GRANTS

 

1.     Prepare an inventory all grant applications made by the District from and after June 1, 2004

2.     Obtain all records pertaining to each grant application identified in 1 above

3.     Prepare an inventory all grants obtained by the District from and after June 1, 2004

4.     Obtain all records pertaining to each grant identified in 3 above

5.     For each grant shown in 3 above:

a.     determine the persons responsible for administering the grant

b.     determine the persons paid in whole or in part from the grant funds

c.      determine whether grants funds were used in a manner consistent with the purposes and terms of the grant

6.     Prepare a report of data,  findings, and recommendations

 

So get out your popcorn folks it is going to be an amazing show!


Theresa Saunders is given a thirty percent pay increase. For what exactly?

In East St. Louis Politics, School Board Election on March 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

 

So let me get this straight—- Superintendent Saunders got over a 30% raise her second year in?  Really?  And she has gotten a raise for three of her 5 years here?  And test scores have declined for 5 STRAIGHT YEARS?  Great work if you can get it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know why things are messed up at 189?

In School Board Election on March 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

East St. Louis School Board members hire family members. Cost to District? $2 million dollars.

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

 

FAMILY MEMBERS HIRED BY

EAST ST LOUIS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS



Lonzo Greenwood

Barbara Greenwood (wife)

Latoya Greenwood (daughter)

Tracy King (daughter)

Dwayne Cotton (cousin)

Jackie Greenwood (sister)

Deneen McCormick (niece)

Deborah Greenwood

Kelly Greenwood

Kim Greenwood

 

Irma Golliday

Marla Golliday (niece)

Kareem Mateen

Monique Luster (daughter in law)

Tiffany Taylor

Phyllis Taylor

Audrey Luster (cousin)

Alvin Golliday

Antwyne Golliday (cousin)

Lola Golliday

Lisa Golliday

 

Khalid El-Amin

Lillian El-Amin (wife)

Haneff El-Amin (son)

Kamel El-Amin (son)

 

Kinnis Williams

Kathy Williams (wife)

Michael Jackson (nephew)

 

George Mitchom

Denesa Huff (daughter)

Willard Mitchom (brother)

Tonya Clark (niece)

Monica Williams (niece)

Cornicia Jackson (niece)

Danielle Huff (granddaughter)

 

 

Cost to the District………………. $2 MILLION DOLLARS

Irma Golliday—ESL School Board Candidate—And so it begins—2003-2007

In School Board Election on March 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Irma Golliday was elected to a second term as an East St. Louis School Board member in April of 2003. It was also during this time that the ESL School Board began to hear rumblings that State oversight would be ending for the district very soon.

So, wasting no time–two months after Irma Golliday was elected for her second term—Golliday began to do what many ESL School Board members before her had always done…use the funding for District 189 to reward relatives, friends and political operatives.

It was as if the multimillion dollar budget for the East St. Louis School District existed solely for the purpose of this School Board member to use to as a means to hand out “District 189 gift cards” to her friends, family and operatives.

In June 2003, Irma Golliday, along with board members Khalil El-Amin, Lavondia Mae Neely and Kinnis Williams, made certain that a summer jobs program would largely be dedicated to keeping board members’ families gainfully employed. Out of the 23 summer jobs in a food service program for District 189 nearly half went to school board members relatives. Elesia Golliday, granddaughter of Irma Golliday, was one of the first to be hired. That was the start.

And there is more…..

In August 2003 Golliday along with other school board members was part of a secret 3.4 million dollar-1 year contract handed out to SodexhoUSA.

The 3.4 million dollar contract was signed by Lonzo Greenwood. In fact, Greenwood was the only school board member that signed the contract. Golliday, however was part of the group of Board members who kept Greenwood’s illegal secret. AND Golliday was one of the board members who voted DOWN a food contract with another company for food services that was $171,000 less than SodexhoUSA’s bid.

And there is more……

The Illinois State Board of Education voted not once, but TWICE to reprimand Golliday for her outrageous and corrupt behavior.

And there is more……..

In June of 2006, according to an independent audit conducted by Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, District 189 ended its 2006 budget year with a DEFICIT OF 4.2 MILLION DOLLARS. This was THE FIRST DEFICIT IN TEN (10) YEARS.

Remember who was in charge for that 10 year-no-deficit-period? The State of Illinois. Remember who was in charge when the 4.2 million deficit was created? Board members: Golliday, Greenwood, El-Amin and Williams. So what happened? How did District 189 end up with a 4.2 million dollar deficit?

It’s tragic and simple—-right after oversight ended, Golliday, along with School Board members, Greenwood, El-Amin, and Williams got serious about putting the necessary framework in place to keep their family/friends/consultants/operatives employed.

How did they do it? Well, for one thing, despite declining enrollment in the East St. Louis School District, Golliday and her fellow School Board members, managed to hire more than 150 people for non-teaching positions. Forty (40) of those non-teaching positions didn’t even exist while the District was being overseen by the State.

Secondly Golliday made certain that she, along with Greenwood and El-Amin were members of the Personnel committee. What is the Personnel committee? Why this is the entity that makes all the hiring decisions for the district. They vote on what positions to create and who to hire.

So who got jobs? Well, Alvin Parks for one—he was appointed to the newly created position of “Assistant business manager” for a salary of $71,987.

Lonzo Greenwood’s wife Barbara got a 53 thousand dollar job as the newly created “Inventory Supervisor”.  Music coordinator for $45,566, was filled in 2006 by James Warfield Jr., the son of former special education administrator James Warfield.

Four positions for records maintenance were created for $31,404 each, one of which was filled by recent high school graduate Nicholas Garner, the son of human resources director Princess Hayes. And two positions for a new state-funded Grow Your Own Teacher program were filled by Greenwood’s daughter, LaToya Greenwood at a salary of $55,794 and Danisha Huff, the daughter of board member George Mitchom, at a salary of $49,665. And finally 19 of the people hired with this 4.2 million dollar deficit money are from Alorton or Centreville–-Irma Golliday’s district.

Oh, before we forget. How did the students fair while board member’s family/friends/consultants got paid? In a word—-HORRIBLE.

Just look at the numbers in green for 2003 to 2007. The year after Golliday was elected to another term scores dropped an astonishing 14 points. And when you look at the entire time period the scores only went up two points in FIVE YEARS?

And sadly, there is more still…….

In 2006, the East St. Louis School Board began it heinous practices of hiring million dollar consultants and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel and vacation hotels.

According to the News Democrat, District 189 spent nearly $200,000 on airline tickets, vacation hotels and flower arrangements. After examining partial records (the district refused to hand over all records), from 2005-2007, the News Democrats also uncovered $10,000 spent on original artwork for the district and $35,000 in travel expenses for Superintendent Theresa Saunders.

Irma Golliday—Candidate East St. Louis School Board—The early years 1999-2003

In School Board Election on March 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Irma Golliday has been an East St. Louis School Board member since 1999.

When Golliday was first elected to the Board of Elections, the East St. Louis School district had been placed under the control of the State. . It is important to understand that the one of the firsts acts of the oversight committee was to grab control of the spending in District 189. Whether it was who would be hired or what contracts would/could be signed—-the State was now in control of the money. For Irma Golliday what this meant was that she nor any of the other school board members could reward friends, family or political connections with District 189′s jobs or money. And it stayed that way for Golliday’s entire first term as a school board member. Things changed however, when Golliday was re-elected to the School Board in 2003.

What does mayoral cadidate Alvin Parks have to do with the ESL School Board election?

In School Board Election on March 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

Alvin Parks is running for re-election. He wants the citizens of East St. Louis to turn out for him and put him back in the Mayor’s office. He also wants those same citizens to vote for Irma Golliday and LaVonda Neely. Golliday and Neely are running for a position on the ESL School Board. Alvin is such a fan of these two that he shares a campaign committee with them and has contributed an amazing $20,600.

Looking for a part time job that pays $248.00 an hour?

In East St. Louis City Council on February 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

 

In East St. Louis city council members receive a $6,000 expense account, $15,000 a year in salary, and $5,800 a year for health insurance for a total of $26,8000 a year. There are 12 council meetings a year and each meeting lasts approximately 3 hours each.  This amounts to a grand total of 36 hours for the year.  Now add another 34 other meetings at 2 hours a meeting (68 hours) bringing us to a grand total of 104 hours a year.  Those are the hours you work. For this you get health benefits, a salary and an expense account. 

Now you might ask yourself what does this come down to if we had to pay these Council members per hour? 

Drum roll please……$248.00 per hour–nice work if you can get it.

 

 

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