Comment by Cindy Barnard
January 21, 2014 DCSD Board of Education Meeting
Good evening. Once again, decisions made by district staff have lead to the court room and our students in neighborhood and magnet schools are footing the bill. As you know, the district violated the Fair Campaign Act by using district resource to influence the outcome of an election. And in doing so, I believe the non-profit status our the DCEF is at risk. Mr. Larsen, you have stated that the District will appeal the courts decision. It is interesting, there has not been any public discussion on the issue from our Board of Education yet apparently the decision was made. Has there been a violation of executive session and the sunshine law?
District personnel made decisions that violated the law. It is disheartening that the board has not accepted responsibility or taken action on this very important issue. I am asking for the termination of district personnel involved. The termination of employment of Cinnamon Watson, Rob Ross and Dr. Elizabeth Fagen. You have let other employees go for less.
Legal fees have risen 211% since the 2009/2010 and that does not include the current year.
The expenditures in the communication department for the first half of 2009/2010 year were $21,080. The first half of this current year that number has jumped to $323,625. These expenditures are being paid for with precious dollars meant to educate our kids. It is the students in our neighborhood schools that foot the bill.
What are your priorities and when will you stop making decisions that land the District in court?