A real mayor for Dayton?

Nan Whaley hasn’t been looking so hot lately. Ever since the indictments by the FBI and the DOJ where they said Dayton had a “culture of corruption” she’s been looking haggard. At least after the tornado she had the excuse that she didn’t have any water to shower, but, when you realize that a lot of people didn’t have water, it’s time to stand back and take a look at what’s really going on.

We now know that Commissioner Joey Williams didn’t resign because of his job. It was because the FBI told him he’d have to. Yes, for over a year, Commissioner Williams has known he was going to get indicted, and probably longer. This was part of a deal he cut so that he could make sure his younger son could graduate from Stivers before he’d go to prison. As part of that deal, he agreed to wear a wire. That’s the real reason the Mayor knows her days are numbered.

She’s no longer concerned with her political career that she’s scrapped for since being a mediocre student at UD, where the Montgomery County Democratic Party gave her a future she could believe in. They are a breeding ground for back-stabbing, provincial, small-minded narcissists whose first rule is self-preservation and a guaranteed paycheck for their friends and family. It was the perfect place for her to prosper. I mean where else can someone hire their convicted rapist brother for a job without getting in trouble? Yes, this really happened: Government job- no posting required?

The party that still fails to acknowledge some elected Democrats as elected Democrats because they weren’t insiders. The page that used to list their friends who were elected has been taken down, as has any meaningful content, maybe because this issue has come up too many times in central committee meetings (full disclosure- I’m an elected precinct captain, and am amazed that my name appears on the site at all). Two that come to mind- Dayton City Commissioner Darryl Fairchild, who beat the party candidate Daryl Ward to take over the seat Williams vacated and Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald.

Which brings me to the “Real Mayor of Dayton” title. It’s not Nan Whaley, who’s facebook feed consists of a few official statements- and a photo of her hob-nobbing with Sherrod Brown when he came to look at the tornado damage.

After tornadoes hit Dayton, Nan Whaley (third from Right) is hanging out with Senator Brown (4th from left) and her union supporters- in an office, while…

While Mcdonald’s facebook feed is full of her out in the community, looking as put together as ever, walking and talking and helping coordinate the relief effort.
I’ll also point out that Trotwood’s Mayor is paid about 20% of what Dayton’s is, about $10K vs almost $50K.

But wait, there’s more. While Whaley has failed to clearly communicate things as simple as what the high vs low areas are for the boil water advisory, or admit what happened that half a million people lost water because she wasn’t smart enough to call the National Guard to ask for generators, and while cleanup is still going on in the parts of Dayton devastated by the tornado (Old North Dayton), Nan’s focus is absolutely clear- she’s getting ready to hobnob with the husband of presidential candidate “Mayor Pete,” Chasten Buttigieg, who is coming to an undisclosed location today to collect big money from the Dayton gay community and anyone else who has $100+ to donate.

You can hobnob with Mayor Grifter and the gang before she gets indicted tonight.

The invite reads:

An Evening with Chasten Buttigieg: May 31st, 2019 4:30PM – 6PM

Please Join Kery Gray, Josh Stucky & Brent Johnson, Robert Klaben & John Guthrie, Larry Mullins, Lisa Hanauer & Sue Spiegel, Mayor Nan Whaley, and Paul Woodie

Details

Friday, May 31st, 2019 4:30PM – 6PM Dayton, OH Address upon RSVP 

And goes on to list donation levels starting at $2,800 and going down to $50 for “young professional” (but all those slots have been taken).

Kery Gray is Nan’s retired former flunky, who used to be Rhine McLin’s errand boy (he was the one who called the bomb squad to McLin’s campaign HQ which he was visiting on city time to pick up the mail for her campaign). Josh and Brent are the owners of Square One Salon, Robert Klaben is an owner of Morris Furniture and brother to disgraced WSU board member Larry Klaben, Lisa Hanauer sold her medical document management business to Reynolds and Reynolds, and Paul Woodie is the former planning director of Dayton who went on to work for Premier Health to fix up the neighborhoods around their properties so they wouldn’t be surrounded by slums.

Gray may also be facing indictment for helping “friends of Nan” have access to internal city bid documents before bids were due among other things. After the first round of indictments, all of a sudden lots of people were willing to talk about the travesties they saw while working in city hall, where Nan was directly involving herself in contracts and procurement.

A sample of the information I’ve received from a high placed employee in City Hall:

A meeting was hosted by the City Manager at the Mayor’s direction.  Nan brought in 12-15 people from a vendor/campaign donor  and the City manager brought several department heads.  Dickstein kicked the meeting off by apologizing for the Mayor’s inability to attend because she’s SO busy with so many more important things and then, “oh wait, I heard a door – and those sound like her footsteps, let’s wait a minute – maybe she’s able to join us after all!”

The Mayor walks in, thanks everyone profusely and apologizes for not being able to stay long, but realized how important it was for her to welcome her guests, she’s so pleased we’re able to meet, so grateful to Shelley for hosting at her request and to the company for being so committed to helping the City.

She then went around the table and had each department head list their BIG upcoming projects and their estimated value (the source says they still remain shocked) – Aviation, Water, Public Works, talk about their big budget items.  At that point, Mayor grabs the back of a department heads chair,  starts shaking the chair forward & back & says ‘Great – well, that’s great guys!  So, it seems there will be lots of opportunities that you guys can help us out with & we’ll definitely be doing business together…”

Another high placed source tells the story of a major engineering contract being steered to an Indiana company that had hired Nan’s former babysitter (yes, at one time, Nan was a little Whaley) who was her Mom’s best friend- to spearhead their efforts to sell to the city. Gray, working in the Mayors office, was sending internal cost estimates to the vendor in advance.

My first cited source says bid documents were routinely manipulated to exclude even local businesses from bidding on large contracts. Dayton based Lion Apparel, maker of fire fighter turnout gear suffered from this process. While feeling slighted, knowing they were being sent a message, they chose not to fight the bid specs with a protest, because, well, that pretty much precludes you from doing any future business with the city because you didn’t pay to play.

The crazy thing is that the company founders tossed in big money on Nan’s signature move- the issue 9 levy campaign, where 150 donors tossed in an average donation of $1873. Yes, apparently someone in city hall didn’t realize that Richard Lapedes and Maureen Lynch with their $2,500 was from Lion Apparel. In case you missed it- all the donors were people or companies that benefit greatly from these kind of “good relationships” with the Mayor and her meddling in contract awards. We’ll have the annotated donation form for you soon, it’s absolutely fascinating (of course the FBI has it too- and may be visiting a lot of the big donors as you read this). The rest- were city department heads or managers who were donating to keep their jobs. Yes, that’s the way Nan rolls.

Too bad she can’t pull that kind of forced donations leverage to Mayor Pete’s campaign shindig tonight. And, btw, if you think she’s spending any of her own money to be a title sponsor you’re out of your mind- that money is coming straight out of her campaign war chest, grown fat through her steering of contracts to the friends and family.

All that aside, the real Mayor of the people is Mary McDonald who is doing the City of Trotwood proud. They are lucky to have such a selfless servant leader.

Instead, Dayton got stuck with Mayor Grifter.

 

 

 

Who did DPS just hire to replace their teacher staffing firm?

There is a serious problem at DPS with staffing schools this year. It’s not the fault of Parallel Employment Group, which was exceeding the fill rate contracted by the district. The problem lies with the chaos and turmoil being caused by the superintendent, Dr. Libby Lolli who has the HR skills of Attila the Hun. The list of supervisory changes throughout the district is epic. People she handpicked to put in positions of authority last year, are now “resigning” at record rates. Her former HR chief is going back to being a principal. She hired in an HR Firm on a half-million dollar contract, a firm with only two employees- who has been sneaking through $5K additional funds requests under the boards noses. The firm may have personal/professional connections to someone high up in the DPS castle, because they certainly don’t have a track record of success or credibility to handle this job. One of the two principals of the firm was embroiled in a long term lawsuit connected to her former employer. As far as I can tell, they don’t even have an office.

When you realize that the high absentee problem isn’t caused because of the staffing firm, but instead is rooted in a hostile work environment, a board member should look a little closer at the firm they are switching their partnership to. There is usually only a good reason for switching your corporate brand- that your old one is sullied in some way.

Tuesday, the school board approved a three-year $12.9 million contract with a new provider for substitute teachers and staff at the district’s schools. ESS Northeast, LLC, formerly Source4Teachers, will replace Parallel Employment Group as the contractor providing substitutes for Dayton Public Schools.

DPS data showed that Parallel exceeded the terms of its contract this spring, but the district was simply asking for more subs than the contract anticipated, with occasional, hard-to-manage spikes. A representative from Parallel on Tuesday encouraged the school board to table the contract vote, but they did not.

Source: Dayton school board approves new $12.9-million contract for subs

Looking up Source4Teachers, we find articles of other districts that ended their contracts with them due to fill rates under 55% In Philadelphia, this was the boards experience:

Source4Teachers promised 75 percent on the opening day of school and 90 percent by January – but on its best days it barely hit the District’s minimum, never going higher than 55 percent on any given day.

Source: District gives up on Source4Teachers, poised to hire new firm | The notebook

Philadelphia moved to Kelly Educational Staffing which is a national firm.

In Trenton NJ, the district got in trouble with meeting IEP requirements under Source4Teachers:

Source4Teachers CEO Kendley Davenport acknowledged the company’s “complete failure,” but claimed services are getting better….

Due to Source4Teachers’ inability to provide staff, the district violated the Individualized Education Program (IEPs) of many children with special needs. There is pending federal civil rights violations against the district for the inconsistencies.

Davenport said after the Cherry Hill-based company was unable to meet the district’s needs early in the school year, he made operational and personnel changes….

Source: Source4Teachers: We failed Trenton students | News |

The real question is why would the board even consider approving the Superintendent’s recommendation to replace a company that exceeded the contract requirements with this firm, when the superintendent and her staff should have been given an F for basic math?

The document the school board reviewed and approved Tuesday night included itemized costs for 14 projects and listed a total first-year cost of $26.16 million. But a Dayton Daily News review of the information revealed that the numbers didn’t add up. The total of the 14 separate items comes to $30.26 million.

Asked about the discrepancy Wednesday, Lolli said it was probably a typo. But when this news organization pointed out that the numbers were exactly $4.1 million apart, Lolli agreed that the high school busing amount likely had not been included in the document’s total.

~ibid Dayton Daily story

Board member John McManus, the only one not drinking the “Culture of Corruption” kool-aid that seems to be the drink of preference for the rest of the school board wisely voted no. Handy doorstop, Robert Walker abstained from this vote, thereby abdicating his responsibility to do his job again.

HR has many problems in DPS, and the board isn’t getting any reports of how many lawsuits are being filed against it – or how they are fairing in them. One “teacher of the year” was perp walked out of the all-girls school mid-year in disgrace, only to win arbitration against the district resulting in both large legal costs and them owing her “an apology” which will probably mean six-figures to the district by the time you factor both her pay and the temps pay they wasted. And, why would she return? She had a job with another district almost instantly- at a higher pay. No one who teaches in Dayton is there for the exceptional pay except for leadership of the sinking ship. Giving more raises isn’t the answer- respect is, but that may as well be a four letter word in Lolli’s vocabulary.

It’s too bad the district isn’t the primary focus of the FBI/DOJ investigation because past deals that were rushed by the board like the Chrome Books, the sale of the former Patterson Co-Op site to Caresource, the bus deal, and the marketing contract to the Ohlmann Group all smell of pay-to-play and questionably legal actions by this administration. In the mean time, despite scores moving lower, the district gets a pass from the Statehouse which dismantled the penalties for failing at your job if you are a school board or school leadership.

The only people paying for this chaos is the teachers, who were never here for the money.

 

 

Unacceptable answers on Dayton water outages

The entire area served by Dayton water has failed due to incompetent government preparation and planning

The responses from city officials on why water isn’t safe or available to over 400,000 people in the area are unacceptable. While Nan Whaley and her “Culture of Corruption” crew have been busy buying up buildings with tax dollars and giving them to developers, they have ignored the most fundamental role of government- basic infrastructure.

Yes, tornadoes are defined as a natural disaster, but water pumping infrastructure, as well as power distribution, can and should both be hardened and redundant. To say generators aren’t the answer is both incorrect, but also showing their lack of ingenuity and foresight.

This is the second time in a year we’ve seen the water system down. A “boil water” advisory- putting the onus of safe water on to people who may be without power as well, is adding insult to injury. And, a reminder, if you don’t even have water flowing- what’s there to boil.

One of our problems is our above ground power grid. While we all take electric transmission lines as the norm, they are not. In large parts of the world, electric power distribution is underground- just like gas and water lines. Our power distribution system now borders on third world, and with this latest outage, right as our power companies are asking our statehouse to grant them a bailout for bad decisions about nuclear power, the questionable practice of letting private entities manage public utilities should be at question. There is no reason, other than greed, that public utilities should have CEO’s paid millions to run what is truly a monopoly- no matter what horse-hockey they feed us about both “choice” and “deregulation.” The money being made by the wizards of wall street is in part, due to utilities cheapening out on updated and hardened infrastructure.

The city line about not needing generators in an emergency? There isn’t a hospital out there that doesn’t have generators, and if you can’t supply water to 400,000 people because of a lack of them, you shouldn’t be in charge. Here’s the thing though, while generators might sit idle and be a bad investment as “Ms. Dickstein the Incompetent” suggests, why haven’t we invested in a solar farm over areas of our well field to create an alternative energy source to power our generators? Or some windmills? And, yes, while both could be damaged by a tornado, their value as energy generators could offset the costs of paying for the generators as well.

Dickstein also says the city has requested 8 generators to power the pumps. No, this isn’t how it’s done in an emergency either. You declare a state of emergency, and you call in the National Guard who has generators, and you get the pump stations online inside of half a day. You have a contingency plan on how to do this. It’s not something you have to think about when disaster hits. This is what professionals do. This is what competent businesses do. This is what leaders do.

It’s called the rule of P’s where I come from: Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

And when you fail your community- you lose your job.

What follows is the barely apologetic litany of excuses from those who have put their own personal gain in front of our communities safety. And at the bottom of it all is the link you need to find out when the boil water advisory is over.

Dayton’s city water system, which delivers drinking water to 400,000 residents in Montgomery County and a handful in Greene County, lost pressure for the second time this year following severe storms Monday evening.

The pressure loss forced the city to declare a system-wide boil advisory. Local governments have requested more than 1 million gallons of drinking water be delivered to the region.

Before this year, city employees estimate the water system went more than 30 years without losing pressure. But Monday’s storms challenged the system for the second time in 2019, cutting power to two water treatment plants and several pumping stations.

“It’s an extraordinary event that we have never had,” said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.

A water main break under the Great Miami River caused an unprecedented water outage in February, spilling more than 100 million gallons of treated water into the river, another unprecedented event in city history.

The reoccurring pressure losses are causing Montgomery County officials to consider whether additional, non-Dayton water sources are needed to ensure stability for customers in communities that purchase Dayton water from the county.

After pumping and treating water from the underground aquifer, Dayton sells the water to Montgomery County. The county then re-sells the water to communities including Kettering, Centerville, Moraine, Trotwood and Riverside.

“We probably will be looking to see if we have enough redundancy in the system,” said Michael Colbert, the county administrator. “We have a clear problem with our ability to keep a sustained water flow.”

Dickstein said the Dayton water system is redundant, but the “catastrophic nature” of the storm cut the primary and secondary electric lines powering the water treatment plants and pumps.

“Water always finds the path of least resistance, and if there’s not a force pushing it forward, it starts coming backward,” she said. “And so our water towers have emptied, and that’s what causes depressurization.”

Treatment plants have backup generators, but the large pump stations at and near the plants do not, Dickstein said.

“Part of that is because it’s just not economically practical, nor is it a common practice,”

Dickstein said. “You would be spending millions buying and maintaining to be able to have backup generators that could essentially never be used.”

Dickstein said the city asked vendors for eight generators to power the pumps.

Dayton Power & Light said its first priority was addressing emergencies, including restoring power to water facilities. DP&L put the Miami Treatment Plant at 3210 Chuck Wagner Lane near Kittyhawk Golf Center back on the grid Tuesday.

Power had not been restored to the Ottawa Treatment Plant at 1044 Ottawa Street across the Mad River from Dayton Children’s Hospital as of the afternoon.

Source: Storm prompts second major boil water advisory – Dayton Daily News

Is the water safe yet: http://daytonohio.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f7406592794f4ef1b725d67e06d09866

 

The fall of the Dayton Day-old newsless

Random. It’s the only way to explain the ipad edition of the Dayton Day-old Newsless.

It may or may not allow you to click on a story into a reader view most days. This means you have to move the page around and try to magnify it to read it, where as when you click into reader view- you can increase the type size and make it easier to read- plus no page jumps, the whole story is there.

Which is essential if you want to email the story to someone, which I’m likely to do. However, months ago, the function stopped adding the headline to the subject field of your email- a time wasting pain in the ass. Used to be easy.

The sports section is worthless- since the deadline for this edition is the same as the print edition- sometime before 3pm. So none of last nights scores are in the iPad edition. Doesn’t really matter much, the sports staff is so thin, they can’t possibly cover even a smattering of the local sports news. They almost should consider giving up anything except UD and WSU and maybe the local pro-soccer franchise, we do still have it right? The Browns, the Bengals, OSU, the Blue Jackets or the Cavs- can all be read about elsewhere. Just stop trying- and dedicate the resources to doing something right.

The Thursday “lifestyle” sections by region never made sense and are mostly redundant, with very little significant content. As an ad vehicle, it’s a joke. Stop wasting electrons- figure out how to do it right- with more meaningful regions- or stop. Where is “Dayton” proper? South Dayton? No. #FAIL

The last two weeks, Thomas Suddes column on OpEd is gone. It was the only worthwhile statehouse column out there. If it doesn’t return, the paper has lost some real value. Fire Ron Rollins and bring Suddes back if you are looking for cost savings. Really.

USA today, or not today, that is the question. It’s been totally random for the last few months, as if they keep forgetting to pay the bill. Not that it has a ton of value, since many of the stories are the same as in the main paper- but, at least the sports is more up to date. They also manage to have at least one worthwhile story per day, which is more than I can say for the DDn.

If I read the New York Times first, I feel smarter, but, feel like I’m cheating my local community. Most of the good stuff I see in the Times and add to my Facebook feed – I see in the next two days in the DDn. Sad, but true.

And most importantly- if they are going to read my blog for leads on stories- they should credit where they got the info from. Monday May 6th I wrote a story: The Wire: Dayton Edition. I identified the person who was the FBI snitch for the first round of indictments. I pointed out that he had a horrible business reputation- and that the city was giving him contracts galore. They ran a story 2 weeks later about the same thing on Sunday May 19 “Dayton worked with contractor despite red flags. Unfavorable reference checks didn’t stop city from hiring company.”

Real journalists cite sources, and when they quote folks who ask “why are you only indicting black men” at the DOJ/FBI press conference- usual practice is to attach a name to the person who asked the question- which was me.

Here’s the thing, considering I do this for free, why can I routinely scoop the folks who are getting paid to report the news?

Here’s a few hints to the Cox/Advance team:

Don’t try to run ten different websites. We don’t need different sites for Dayton.com daytondailynews.com mydaytondailynews.com WHIOTV.com WHIO radio. Build one really good site and do it in WordPress- it’s what the NYTimes uses. There’s a reason for it.

Forget the print edition. It’s cheaper to hand out kindles to subscribers than keep supporting paper. It’s dead. Esp. when it’s making you put the paper to bed at 3pm. Don’t even worry about laying out a print like experience online. Go digital or go home.

Video is key to telling the story. And, not car wrecks or Sally Sweetface reporting live from the steps of a darkened city hall. No “live from the newsroom” stuff either. Figure out how to put stories together- that people want to watch- and monetize them with pre-roll. Build them into your digital paper.

Once you’re online only- with no print space restrictions- you can do the short/med/long thing- but, be like Medium- and not the NYT- put an estimated read time at the top of the story.

Build a community. Comments can be your friend. But, do it intelligently, with logged in and verified identities. This is also how you build page views and ad revenue (but, you’re not that smart).

Become a champion of open meetings- all government meetings are video recorded- and reviewable. Make sure meeting minutes are ADA compliant. Find the freaks who go- and deputize them to keep you abreast of what’s going on. Champion the local watchdogs. Mario Gallin does a better job on FB following DPS than Jeremy Kelley will ever do. Hello?

Same goes for High School sports. You can’t cover them all- but, you can have reliable sources feeding the machine. Make it easy.

And last but not least- hire people who can really write. It’s still a joy to read Tom Archdeacon. Find storytellers. Let them do their thing.

David Lawrence vs Libby Lolli

Readers of this blog know that I supported David Lawrence for DPS superintendent, before the Rhonda Corr debacle and before the Libby Lolli chaos. Lawrence was a DPS grad, an athletic standout, a military veteran, with an entire career in the service of the Dayton community at various levels of increasing responsibility in the system culminating as “Chief of Innovation” at DPS.

The board, under the criminal leadership of Adil Baguirov and the incompetent cast of cronies, “went in another direction” and didn’t even pick Lawrence as a finalist. There were three- Dan Schoer who is not the Superintendent of Springboro and doing incredible things, Dr. Roberson who bailed out of the district under Lolli to be replaced by another queen of chaos. And Corr, who put Lawrence in a corner and gave him a buyout. Lawrence can’t thank her enough in retrospect. He’s been working on his PhD in Educational leadership and last year took the help at Northmoor Elementary, a mile and a half from his home. The school has a solid report card and is looking at the largest incoming class of 2nd graders ever.

Here is the most pertinent fact to consider about David Lawrence in charge: 0 teacher turnover, and 2 new hires for next year.

As to Lolli, I predict that DPS won’t be able to put enough teachers in classrooms next fall to open all buildings. That they had to close WOW (Residence Park Elementary) one day this year because of teachers not showing up, is indicative of the health and morale of the district.

Here I have to pull some quotes from former DPS board member Mario’s facebook posts:

The reason behind the music teacher shuffling has now been communicated to the teachers.

Before I go more into that, I don’t want this message to get lost.

The District botched a huge opportunity to make these teachers feel like they are at the top of their game, a credit to their profession and worth their weight in gold. Instead, they have a number of employees who are angry, saddened, and some actively looking around for something else.

This, more than anything is what frustrates and angers me. This is not a one-off. This is a style of management that emanates from the top down through the administrative ranks. I am perplexed. Who believes that being dismissive and demeaning of any staff person will lead to better results? If that really is an underlying principle, come out of the office and take a look around. Doesn’t seem to be working so far….

I want to quote a parent from another page. “I was looking around my school today seeing the faces of those teachers who will be in a different school year and I realized they are the teachers that get the most hugs, high-fives, and biggest smiles.” She goes on to say that she is confident that they will do well in their new assignments. While they will be missed, she is happy that they will be able to make a positive impact on more children.

The whole post was beautiful, and I hope those teachers will hold onto those words as they move forward.

Shame on the District for not doing the same.

Another:

The Superintendent was hired less than three months into the new board members service. I am referring specifically to the new board members because the remaining 3 have been marginalized from the outset.

She was hired without a formal search. So, how did the board determine she was the right person? Was it based on their extensive knowledge of educational reform initiatives and best practices? Or possibly was the decision based on their years of managerial experience which enabled them to identify the appropriate management style to move the district forward? Perhaps they drew on their copious years of involvement in Dayton and identification of community needs. Community input? (By community input I mean also from families of children in the district, not just the business and political powers that be.) No? Hmmm.

I don’t doubt that the Superintendent has qualifications. But it is not enough to say “trust me”.

I strongly advise the Board to start placing a solid emphasis on communication. There is no one out here who does not want this District and our children to succeed. It would be helpful if all parties in charge would recognize that.

Another:

The Superintendent makes it seem that there are exciting things going on in Dayton that will draw the best and brightest. Here is the reality in the trenches – I get a private message from a teacher who is hesitant to join the Facebook conversation “in case it would come back to bite me…” His incendiary comments? “One of the best ways to build quality schools is to have a quality principal, teachers, support staff, etc, that are in the same building year after year.”

Another:

President Harris, Members of the Board of Education.

You may or may not be aware of the turmoil that has become the everyday, all day experience of many of the DPS staff.

People are waiting for the next shoe to fall. HR personnel come into school mid-day to let teachers know they are being “displaced,” removed from their current position and told to look around to find another placement. These are in addition to the teachers at the previously announced reconstituted and merged schools.

My biggest fear at this point, aside from truly exceptional teachers and administrators actively looking to move to a more stable environment, is the fact that we have struggled for years to fully staff our schools. Where does the Superintendent believe she will find the talent she is looking for, in the numbers she is looking for? Has any thought been given to the notion that morale is in the tank and that anyone worth their salt will take a hard pass at coming to DPS?

I think I speak for many in the DPS community when I say we demand to know the purpose of these changes. We demand to know the plan for moving forward. As our elected representatives, we demand that you begin to act as our representatives, not just promoters of the current administration.

There is a feeling among some that displacements are retaliation for questioning the dictates from Ludlow Street. Music teachers with advanced certification being told they must use 15-year-old textbooks and if their students do not have a book in their hand, they are not learning “music”. Middle school teachers being forced to place their students in a computer based “phonics” intervention program, which is monitored downtown for “compliance.” Have you met a middle school student lately? How engaged and willing to learn do you think they are when they are compelled to pronounce nonsense words to prove they know “ph” sounds like “f”?

There has been a suggestion that these displacements are to staff some of the worst schools with veteran experienced teachers. Theoretically, I am supportive of putting the best teachers in schools with the most need, but they should be wooed, not compelled.

There have been districts which have been turned around by Superintendents who come in with the servant leader style of administration. (Miami School District in Florida). Most recently, in Dayton, under the leadership of Dr. Mack. You are not going to get the results you want for our children if the staff feel they are serfs and not partners in this endeavor.

Why am I relying on Mario for content? Because I could no longer stomach going to these meetings to watch the incompetence of Harris, the arrogance of Al-Hamdani, the sycophant Rhynard and the crony, Wick continue to pay attention to the sociopath Lolli. Walker and Taylor have never had anything credible to add and McManus is as worthwhile as tits on a bull without any support from another board member.

While the FBI is busy investigating the “culture of corruption” in the rest of Dayton government, one of the largest institutions with the biggest budgets is getting off easy, despite 2 of the 4 indicted people getting their political start in the DPS cesspool, Joey Williams and Clayton Luckie.

There is no doubt that the whole hiring of Corr and then Lolli is suspect, as if it was part of a plan to push the district into state takeover so Mayor Nan could get her hands on even more budgets and contracts to steer to her friends and family (I fully expect her and Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein to be hauled in wearing shackles in the next round of indictments for contract tampering, pay-to-play etc), but the State halted her plans when they discontinued state takeovers of failing districts.

If I was the FBI I’d be looking closely at any major contracts awarded under Baguirov or land deals- ie the bus deal where he was showing off spreadsheets on acquisition math, to the Caresource deal which we highlighted in “Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap.” When they backed away from a levy, only to support Issue 9, warning bells should have gone off- and looking at the donors to issue 9, you’ll see the list of people who were promised contract opportunities in exchange for support.

David Lawerence is exactly what DPS needs, but after the utter chaos under Lolli, he’d have to be insane to consider a return. Dr. Hill, the savior of Belmont, is already shamelessly looking for any position to get out of Dodge as are probably anyone else remotely qualified to do their jobs in DPS.

It’s probably too late to reverse the damage done by this board and their hired hands, but, unless the parents and staff come out in mass to the next board meeting to ask for change, it’s doomed. The meeting is Tuesday, May 28th at 5:30 PM which doesn’t conform to their regular schedule.

If there’s a time to speak up, this is it.

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