Thursday, December 03, 2009

Former BOE Member Compares Audit of RSD To GCSD's

Mr. Ramos*,
I want to bring to your attention the Comptroller's audit on the Greece school district dated April 2008 that contained several of the same items identified in 'this' audit. I can assure you members of the city district and school board members were 'well' aware of the Greece audit contents.

One item in particular is why I am writing you. It is item 17 - page 30 (Meagan I'm sure has a copy) it reads;
" The district should ensure that changes to employment agreements and union contracts have some benefit to the district before they are entered into."

Several of the items identified in your article would have been avoided had just this one recommendation been followed and I said earlier 'several' people from the city knew about this.

As a member of the Greece board at the time I voted to accept the Comptrollers audit and THIS item was a big reason why. Now the bad part - the Greece board doesn't even follow it and no doubt will be facing more problems down the road just like the city - AGAIN.

Thank you for your time - GOOD JOB

Charlie Hubbard - 775-6015

*Mr. Ramos authored the D&C article about the RCD audit.


Charlie Hubbard said...

I want to make this perfectly clear, two contracts have been approved since this audit, they were both done this year. The board and administration was well aware of this part of the audit (that 'they' approved) because I reminded them of it 'prior' to approval of these contracts. I reminded them over and over.

Want to know what we heard in reference to the benefit to the district? - NOTHING - NOTHING - not even any discussion at the board meeting when approval of these contracts was given.
So what is the 'benefit to the district' of these contracts? No idea. I have even asked since and have never received an answer.

The give away of taxpayer $$$ in the form of contracts has gone on at Greece central for years. Just read the audit. Make no mistake if the board doesn't MAKE the district accountable to the taxpayers it has and will continue.

I have made the Comptrollers office aware of the district and board spitting on the audit and the taxpayers need to know THEY are getting spit on when the district and board does not do what they said they would do.

Anonymous said...

No one "votes" to accept the Comptroller's audit. It is what it is.

SCATS said...

To 10PM ~~ I believe the BOE votes to formally recognize receipt (acceptance) of the document so that it becomes part of the official record of the district. The content is "what it is."

Anonymous said...

Way to go Hubbard. Get back on the board and stay this time.

SCATS said...

To 10:39AM ~~ What do you mean by that remark? He completed his term.

Anonymous said...

Contracts, Contracts, Contracts. Hubbard is a broken record. The real travesty in the audit was the $3 million dollar illegal overspending of the 2000 CIP. The district is yet to recover that amount from those cited in the audit.

SCATS said...

To 11:17AM ~~ If we had more broken records maybe we'd have more accountability ;)

Anonymous said...

It's not exactly true that the district is not trying to recover that $3 million. However, they are suing the wrong individuals.

While it is true, Thomas Associates was hired by the district to put together the 2000 CIP, State Law requires an architectural firm be hired. They, in turn, hired Christa Development as the General Contractors. The initial Carr Report said that the architectural design was ok, but the contractors did not do their job. Christa should be sued as well, but it will never happen while Boily is on the board.

However, again behind the scenes as usual, I have learned from an employee of Christa that Achramovitch, on bended knee approached Christa over a year ago to try to recover $968,000 in "extra" compensation that was questioned by auditors. Christa is still "thinking about it". This was in an effort to avoid a law suit.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to note the similarities in the City audit with the Greece audit == secret work change orders, cabinet raises without board approval, a leaked draft audit.

Its deja vu all over again.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the reason he continues to sound like a broken record is because no one in positions of authority around here is willing to speak about these topics. They prefer to try and ignore the giant pink elephant in the corner.

SCATS said...

To 4:46PM ~~ Deja vu was exactly what I wrote in a note to a former BOE member this morning! The similarities are striking!

To 5:15PM ~~ One thing folks need to remember is that when they see a pink elephant it is ALWAYS a signal that dysfunction is at play.

Anonymous said...

Hubbard quit mid term. It was later learned that he had already moved out of the district at the time of his grandstanding "announcement".

Drama, drama, drama and dysfunction.

SCATS said...

To 2:19PM ~~ You are very confused! Hubbard quit during his FIRST term on the BOE. The audit occured during his SECOND term which he completed.

Anonymous said...

Yea, his "grandstanding" was something to the effect of returning unused taxpayer dollars to taxpayers. The nerve of him!