The ripple effect of Corr failure

The upcoming firing of Superintendent Rhonda A Corr from Dayton Public Schools for cause will undoubtedly bring a whole host of other issues, lawsuits, and claims against the district.

The crisis management skills of Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli will be tested daily. When Corr claimed she had no idea of why she was placed on leave, the district should have responded that day with “Rhonda Corr and her attorney’s were informed of the basis of her dismissal for cause, but have not been given the final document. For her to say that she has no idea is just one more indication of her unsuitability to lead our district and her denial of facts and the bending of truth. Our community deserves better.”

That didn’t happen. But, what can you expect from an interim Superintendent on her second day on the job?

What really needs to be examined is how did we get here?

And that starts with the school board who didn’t renew Superintendent Lori Ward’s contract, dismissed treasurer Craig Jones and passed over internal candidate David Lawrence who was later paid to go away.

This is what happens when you let a fox run the hen house.

The fox, was the carpetbagger board member Dr. Adil Baguirov, who ran un-opposed and uninvestigated supposedly at the prompting of existing board member Joe Lacey.

Baguirov’s background has him tied to international lobbyists who were under constant investigation for influence peddling and bending the rules. Much the same thing that he did while on the board. The other 6 board members allowed him to bully them constantly and most of the time, he had his way. This board was complicit in every mistake Rhonda Corr made, mostly because her main supporter, Baguirov was using her as a smokescreen for his own questionable behavior on deals like the sale of Patterson Co-op property to CareSource where he had a conflict of interest and the purchasing of the buses with a 10 year warranty (when the buses are projected to have a 7 year life span). Much of this has been covered previously, but the key questions remaining was why the board, the superintendent and others failed to act when his residency issue was brought up first on April 5, 2017 and then again on election day Nov. 7 2017.

It is clear that he was the key force behind the re-write of Ms. Corr’s annual performance review- where the board was goaded into changing the original responses to glowing because of the optics of a less than stellar review would fit with the awarding of her 3 year contract.

That Board President Reverend Doctor Robert Walker  (the title BS has to stop) agreed to sign both the re-written performance review and the complaint against Corr, says he is as criminally complicit in Corr’s failings as she is, and he should resign immediately.

Other questions that remain is how Corr convinced the board to buy out David Lawrence, in light of the investigation of racial bias brought forward by Dr. Markay Winston. While the investigation didn’t find anything substantially wrong with Corr’s behavior to Winston based on race- it did showcase complete and total insanity in operational functionality by the district leadership under Corr with the oversight of this board. If anything, the charges against Corr, which go entirely against what the boards final performance review said, should be grounds for their termination for cause.

There are still questions about the ousting of Charity Early Principal Peggy Burks, the hiring of Dr. Donetrus Hill at Meadowdale (another risky hire), the rushed contract for athletic director Mark Baker and a host of other questionable actions that were all done with board consent.

The only real option to move past this crisis is to have the remaining board members who are leaving, resign immediately, and the remaining three- submit their resignations to the newly elected board for them to choose whether to allow them to continue to serve.

An independent review panel should be put in place to evaluate every decision made by Corr and signed off on by the board over the course of her tenure, to evaluate processes and procedures that should have been in place or that weren’t followed so as to rebuild trust and integrity into a system that has lost all credibility after this debacle.

This could become a case study for rebuilding a district with best practices in HR, policy and procedure- or it could turn into a nasty web of lawsuits that never end.

The lynch pin in all of this is Baguirov. If Corr pursues a legal defense instead of going away quietly, there will be epic legal bills and a treasure trove of testimony via deposition that will peel back the cloak of confusion that has run amok in DPS for the last few decades.

Word is Rhonda Corr is planning a press conference this morning with her attorneys. Another bad move.

But what would one expect?

And now- an illegal meeting? Baguirov in charge?

An email went out to community leaders today from Adil Baguirov- but not from his board email- from his “American Power Transport” email address- italics is my replacing the email address, name and org name.

From: Adil’s private corporate email On Behalf Of Adil
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 12:56 PM
To: Community leader
Subject: August 8, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m meeting at DPS

Community leader name,

DPS is preparing to hold a special “closed door” meeting for community leaders. The meeting will concentrate on the current status of negotiations with DPS teachers and DPS’ response and comprehensive plan. It would be good if you and anyone else you feel necessary could attend if your time permits, so that Community Organization is well represented and hears directly from DPS all the facts surrounding this important issue.

Adil

Instead of actually attending the negotiations and pushing the superintendent to settle and to stop the strike, he’s busy trying to sell community leaders on the mistake he made in hiring Rhonda Corr in the first place.

You can’t hold “closed door” meetings- at DPS HQ.

You can’t discuss the negotiations in public.

You can’t really believe that the community has any faith left in this board, or the leadership they’ve hired after a year of total chaos.

Can we see an injunction?

As reference, Ohio Revised Code:

4117.21 Collective bargaining meetings private.Collective bargaining meetings between public employers and employee organizations are private, and are not subject to section 121.22 of the Revised Code.Cite as R.C. § 4117.21Effective Date: 04-01-1984 .

Source: Lawriter – ORC – 4117.21 Collective bargaining meetings private.

From their own policy manual:
RELEASE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING INFORMATION
Negotiations between the Board and an employee organization are private and are not conducted in public session.  Communication on behalf of the Board relative to the bargaining process with the news media and the public is by a person or persons designated by the Board; such communications are carried out in accordance with Board policy and the obligation or prerogative of the Board under the collective bargaining contract(s) or agreement(s).

[Adoption date:  January 17, 2017]

LEGAL REFS.:  ORC 102.03(B)

121.22(G)

4117.21

DPS needs to fire the captain before the ship sinks

Every minute that Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) reign supreme under Rhonda Corr, the talent makes plans to leave. The board, unwilling to admit their massive failure of hiring Corr, of keeping Baker (while turning Darren Powell into the only fall guy), of the insane Reduction in Force mid-year, the questionable real estate deals negotiated by Adil Baguirov (and maybe Corr?), the botched buyout of David Lawrence (probably their only option for a superintendent), then the failure to investigate allegations that Baguirov didn’t even live in the district, then allowing him to somehow negotiate a bus deal, without action by purchasing (an insane violation of board policy) followed by the resignation and pending investigation into the short lived tenure of Rhonda’s hand picked Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Markay Winston….

and now- the envelope please…. Leaving the Dayton Public Schools

  • Dwon Bush is leaving the district to be an Elementary School Principal in Huber Heights- if her name sounds familiar, it’s because they tried to RIF her, and had a student make a compelling plea to keep her.
  • Vanisa Turney-Crews, an assistant principal at Kiser is leaving to be the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Huber Heights.
  • Taylor Porter, who was Corr’s initial pick to be the principal at Meadowdale when the fan hit the shan, is going to Westerville to be an assistant principal.
  • Monica Utley, the principal of Fairview- gone.
  • Valerie Herdman, a future principal- gone.
  • Sam Eckhardt a superstar high school math teacher at Thurgood- leaving for Xenia. Math teachers are hard to come by.
  • Ralph Davis – is leaving, one of the key players in the Males of Color program.
  • And, because they haven’t had their new contracts boarded in their new assignments-  there are at least 2 more principals leaving Dayton and 1 more administrator.

The resignation deadline is July 10. There will be plenty more. And while next week there are going to be 2 meetings to negotiate a contract, Corr is the reason that talks got shelved until August.

As long as she’s on top, people are gonna go.

Best case scenario: The board investigates Baguirov, he resigns, Lee and Rountree step down early as they both clearly are tiring of the fight, 3 people who’ve successfully turned in petitions get picked randomly for filling in until the election.

The new board invalidates the Baker contract- fires Corr for cause, fires Hiwot Abraha who can’t get her work done on time, or run purchasing legally, brings back Darran Powell as Head Football Coach (we don’t have time for this sideshow) and gets down on their knees to ask Lawrence to step in as interim.

If they ask nice enough, he may even come in and count part of his buyout as pay until next June.

If they don’t stop the resignations, and get a tentative contract in place before July 7, 2017- or at least have a man with a plan, their may not be enough people to put on a show next year. My guess, is instead, we’ll see that Baguirov has successfully completed his mission- to turn the district into such a clusterduck that the State can come in and turn the whole district into a charter and hand it over to the alternate “school board” Learn to Earn Dayton, and make sure the right people get paid off.

The longer lists of resignations are coming. If you are planning to resign, feel free to contact me to be added to the list. Tell me where you’re going and why if you’d like the public to know what the Reign of Corr hath brought. [email protected]

Update: 1 hour after publishing- have unconfirmed reports of another star principal leaving, and one who is considered a grand dame- may be fed up and turning in her resignation as well if Corr isn’t removed ASAP.

 

https://esrati.com/who-is-dwon-bush-and-why-dps-board-should-be-fired-before-her/13261

https://esrati.com/who-is-dwon-bush-and-why-dps-board-should-be-fired-before-her/13261

DPS Athletics asks who’s on first?

Abbot and Costello had a skit about funny names in baseball called “Who’s on first” and while it was funny, the Dayton Public Schools rendition tops it in complexity and isn’t funny at all.

The players? three Powells, a Pullen, a Baker and a candlestick maker (actually two principals, Ms. Phillips – Dunbar,  and Ms. Walter, Belmont). Throw in a Bullens in a China store and the whole thing becomes more complex than it has to be.

While we already published Director of School Security Jamie Bullens report on the ineligible player and the OHSAA findings, we are still waiting for the transcripts of Mr. Bullens initial interviews, which were conducted individually, soon after the initial Belmont/Dunbar thrown game attempt.

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The Transcripts from two OHSAA hearings on Belmont-Dunbar thrown game. Redacting players name

What we have for you today, is transcripts of the two visits to the OHSAA board. The first, is right after the game, on Oct. 31, 2016. The second, is on 27 Feb, 2017 which also had Mr. Bullens in attendance. The name of the player has been redacted.

They read like the skit- “who’s on first.” At one point, even the stenographer gets confused with all the Powells and starts referring to one as “Dr.” and another is Uncle Albert.

What becomes ridiculously obvious is that the coaches, the building athletic director and the district athletic director have no clue on how to calculate eligibility. It’s pretty clear that both building principals knew- and made it clear that the kid in question wasn’t eligible.

There was also a bit of finger pointing- since the Belmont principal accessed the district system to check the eligibility of the Dunbar player and was the one who informed the Dunbar Principal, who ostensibly didn’t know he was ineligible. At this point, no one had figured out that he had already played the previous week and was ineligible then. #FAIL

The coaches hadn’t played the player, but had let him dress for “team photos” the night of the big game. This was a mistake of convenience, and set the scene for the next screw up- which is being piled on District AD Mark Baker who supposedly came to the game and had started recalculating grades- something he, Pete Pullen and the Powells shouldn’t have been allowed to do.

It’s pretty obvious reading the transcripts that we’re dealing with athletes, not scholars. The grammar is abysmal. Why was it so important this kid play? Dunbar was winning without him. The answer comes down to either- because he’s got people looking at him for scholarship, or, the more likely reason, he’s related to one of the coaching staff. (updated Wed May 7, 2017 after confirmation that this is not true from an informed reader. We drew this from the OSHAA transcript- but it was talking about the Powell’s relationship- sorry).

Either way, it’s clear that the Principals both said don’t play him, laying the blame clearly on the coaches, the building AD and the district AD. Who came up with the insane idea to lose the game to try to make this all OK- doesn’t really matter at this point. None of these people demonstrated the kind of personal integrity we’d expect from coaches. The kids grades sucked. He shouldn’t have been playing the week before, he shouldn’t have dressed, and the real question is why none of these people had been able to explain to him that there is no future for him in sports if he can’t get better grades.

We have to do better. Building AD Pete Pullen resigned from his AD position. That was the right thing to do. As to the Powells and Baker? Maybe we should use the Mark Baker solution to work things out- let them all fight each other.  (Baker let his basketball players fight at Trotwood- ending his coaching tenure there).

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Bullens 2nd Report- after OHSAA investigations

However, the smoking gun belongs to the former Dayton cop who heads security for DPS. Jamie Bullens did two investigations, and seemed to ignore the issue that brought the censure- the who told who to throw the game. Trough both his first report, he doesn’t  mention it. He seems to have not asked for the OHSAA transcript from Oct. 31st. And in his second report, to the board, because Joe Lacey seemed to miss the whole thrown game part of the sanctions, only having read Bullens’ first report- he again, barely scratches the surface of what the OHSAA transcript reveals.

It becomes clear his directive was to protect Baker and shift blame to the Powells and Pullen. It’s the Inspector Clouseau report- not the Magnum PI report.

In the meantime, “A. Powell” claimed to have a recording of Baker telling him to throw the game, but lost it after sharing with just a few people. The real question is did any of them save it- and will it surface next?

The Board rushed last week to extend Baker’s contract for two years. Soon after, the anonymous letter outlines plenty of other problems with Baker. Tonight, they unveiled their “Accountability Plan for Transforming DPS Athletics” which was presented by Dr. Winston. Board member Sheila Taylor practically fell all over herself to congratulate Dr. Winston and Mark Baker for coming up with this new system. It’s integrated with a new electronic HR system implemented by HR Director Judy Spurlock.

I’ll have it posted tomorrow. What else was revealed tonight is that there are conditions for employment that aren’t included in the publicly posted job descriptions. You have to actually login and begin the application process to find these conditions.

I just applied to be a coach.
Here they are, hidden behind a login:

Questionnaire Form

You are required to fill out this questionnaire to continue with this request.

* Have you had any reprimands (verbal or written) related to your coaching responsibilities in Dayton Public Schools or any other school district?
* Have you had any OHSAA allegations related to your coaching responsibilities in Dayton Public Schools or any other school district?
* Have you had any OHSAA violations related to your coaching responsibilities in Dayton Public Schools or any other school district?
Why did the district do this? To not rehire the Powells and Pullen. Yet, Baker already had a 2 year contract previous to these restrictions being put in place.

There is no excuse for this.
Baker was the one who was trying to recalculate the grades mid-game, when the principal’s had already said no and the head coach hadn’t played the kid. Take him out of this equation, and none of this would have happened.

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Millennial Medical dissolution filing

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Dissolving Montgomery Medical

Factor in the other allegations in the anonymous letter- and a full investigation is warranted, but not by Bullens. It has to be an independent investigation at this point.

That the Board is adding these conditions, that they rushed to rehire Baker, all point to a lack of integrity that fits with their former actions- from the RIF, the real estate deals, the marketing contract, the rehire of Corr despite her poor performance, their inability to police their own member who doesn’t live in the district and then does the purchase deal on the buses despite his conflict of interest and then votes on it.

If you need any further proof that Baguirov is being given time to manufacture his defense- he’s now shut down two of his shell corporations since I  first revealed them in the post: International Man of Mystery: Adil Baguirov on April 5, 2017.

There is plenty wrong with this district, but the best explanation of it comes from the transcript of the OHSAA hearing in February- unfortunately, we don’t know if it is Albert or Alfred:”MR. A. POWELL: The district is broken.”
Abbot and Costello couldn’t have said it better.

Ineligible School Board Member- ah, who cares…

Tonight I will once again ask the question, why is Dr. Adil Baguirov, our “International Man of Mystery” still on the board. If he sits as long as the public comments section, none of them are going to like what they hear. But the room full of teachers will.

Here’s the short video with me asking nicely on April 11th 2017, where it was “news” to Dr. Robert Walker, board president.

They knew full well what I had published, since I’d gone to both the head of security and to the board legal counsel by March 31st and given them the evidence I published on April 5.

That the board knew, didn’t do anything is yet another reason to remove them.

We’re in the process of asking the State Attorney General to remove Dr. Baguirov, and then will proceed to collect signatures to remove the rest of the board.

I’d cite the legal precedent, but- I’ve got to get to the board meeting which begins at 5:30pm

They will have a presentation by the Ohlmann Group- which should be interesting.
Here are the “media plans” of what they’ve spent already. I’ve yet to be given the invoices for the actual creative work- or to see the actual media buys- which they said they’d only mark up 10%. All I can say is, unlike anyone working for Dayton Public Schools, I actually know how to evaluate advertising campaign effectiveness, and I’m not seeing where the building of all these micro sites is the answer.
Here’s the links you’ll need to review:

Enroll DPS – because if you can’t enroll on the current site- build another.

Virtual DPS – because you don’t want to come to our school, and we will give you a computer at home and free wi-fi, since we don’t do that for the kids that do come to school.

DPS stories – because we don’t know where to look for stories ourselves- so we’ll crowd source them.

Career Tech DPS  – well, because we can bill for another microsite.

Here’s the initial media money wasted.

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Ohlmann group media plan