Rhonda A Corr fired for being a sociopath and a polygamist?

The meeting was short. It wasn’t full of drama. Why? Rhonda Corr and Adil Baguirov weren’t in the room. The issues of the preschool staffing were presented professionally, and then, they named Jeff Ireland to be the hearing officer for the disciplinary hearing to fire Rhonda A. Corr.

thumbnail of Predisciplinary Hearing Notice – R. Corr – Executed – 11.29.17.docx

Short Document outlining the reasons to fire Rhonda Corr. Clickable PDF

There is a long document, and a short one. I’m posting so you can read each, as much as you want.

When I posted about her divorce and DUI yesterday, I said these weren’t big enough to warrant firing her. They weren’t- except, there seems to be a question of if she was divorced from her husband, before marrying her wife.

On July 1, 2016, you marked on your W-4 form that you are single and then signed the form under penalty of perjury. Court documents reveal that you filed for divorce from your spouse on October 3, 2017, whom you had married on July 7, 2007. The Board had no prior information concerning your marriage.

and then this:

Shortly after your employment with the Board began in July 2016, you lobbied Human Resources to make life insurance available to employees’ spouses and domestic partners as a rider to the Board’s Hartford insurance contract. The requested benefits were provided. You then purchased life insurance for a “domestic partner” who was already ill and passed away on October 15, 2016. You claimed and received death benefits for a domestic partner even though you were legally married to another person and had not obtained a legal separation.

To the intelligent friend who wrote me that I was wrong to bring up her marital status- I hope to see an apology. For the record, I don’t know who the person was she claimed as a domestic partner- both Cheryl Dzuro and Brad Saegert seem to still be alive and kicking.

thumbnail of Report and Recommendations – B. Meyer – 11.21.17

Long document, stemming from Dr. Winston EEOC complaint- click to download PDF

The rest of the report has to do with her foul mouth, unprofessional behavior, tardiness, falling asleep in negotiations, abscesses, lying… you know all the things that come with being a sociopath.

There is nothing in the “Predisciplinary Hearting Notice” about her unwillingness to investigate Dr. Baguirov, her patron saint’s residency. Hmmmm.

The fact that this came out a month after her glowing performance evaluation makes one wonder which board members should be drawn and quartered for signing off on the fiction (see last nights post where the drafts and final are both posted.)

There are still other smoking guns. I’m doing my best to find them all.

In the meantime- read them and weep- and know that esrati.com has been your primary source for this entire soap opera for the last year- unfortunately.




The “Baguirov effect?” Or last minute CYA by current board as they exit?

A late addition to the new business of today’s Dayton Public Schools Board of Education meeting agenda- a first reading of change in policies of disclosure.

One can only wonder if this is because of Federal law- or because Dr. Baguirov was routinely not abstaining- but actively participating in contracts that could be potential conflicts of interest. Both the CareSource deal- which may pose a conflict since he’s an owner of a Home Health firm- and the bus deal, where he owns a trucking company and does business with the firms that the Board buys from- were very questionable.

thumbnail of 1st Reading 11-21-17

DPS board gets official all of a sudden- as they exit.

From the new policy- note there is an odd either or option for procurement, but the second clause states:

The District will follow the procurement standards outlined in previous OMB guidance during the grace periods established. Effective with July 1, 2018 fiscal year, the District will comply with the federal procurement standards established through the Uniform Guidance.
4. Conflict of Interest and Mandatory Disclosures
The District complies with the requirements of State law and the Uniform Guidance for conflicts of interest and mandatory disclosures for all procurements with federal funds.
Each employee, board member, or agent of the school system who is engaged in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a federal grant or award and who has a potential conflict of interest must disclose that conflict in writing to the Treasurer. The Treasurer discloses in writing any potential conflict of interest to ODE or other applicable pass-through-entity.
A conflict of interest would arise when the covered individual, any member of his/her immediate family, his/her partner, or an organization, which employs or is about to employ any of those parties has a financial or other interest in or receives a tangible personal benefit from a firm considered for a contract. A covered individual who is required to disclose a conflict will not participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a federal grant or award.
Covered individuals will not solicit or accept any gratuities, favors, or items from a contractor or a party to a subcontractor for a federal grant or award. Violations of this rule are subject to disciplinary action.
The Treasurer discloses in writing to ODE or other  applicable pass-through-entity in a timely manner all violations of federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuities potentially effecting any federal award. The Treasurer fully addresses any such violations promptly and notifies the Board accordingly.

There may also be a Mark Baker clause- in the addition of policy on use of school buildings:

“2. No building is used for commercial or personal gain.”

There were reports that Mr. Baker was using building in the summer for private basketball tutoring, and when questioned, the district would not release relevant security footage proving the allegations, or show the building use request forms that Mr. Baker would have had to turn in.

Also included is policy on searches of students and interrogations by law enforcement. That this is coming up now, as old board members depart- for new board members to vote on, without proper community discussion is evidence of a bigger issue: why now?

The rules are particularly vague when pertaining to electronic devices – being cell phones or school issued computers:

The following rules apply to the search of school property assigned to a student (locker, desk, etc.) and the seizure of items in his/her possession.

There is also a section on strip searches:

Strip searches should be discouraged. A substantially higher degree of certainty (more than a reasonable belief) is required prior to conducting such a search. In cases in which school officials believe a strip search is necessary, law enforcement officials should be called to conduct the search.

Note- all of these rules, seem to be dancing around the fact that students, as minors, can not, and should not, be expected to know their rights, yet some of these searches could lead to criminal charges.

If I was a parent of a DPS student, I’d be incredibly cautious of allowing these rules to take effect without demanding that a legal advocate be present for the student before any of these searches take place.

What’s more concerting is that these are being proposed AFTER it was rumored that Dayton Police, acting on behalf of Children’s Services were in a high school to collect DNA samples from football players to determine if any of them are baby daddies to a staff member.

If there is a subject that should be discussed with the community in public open forum, this is it.

Instead, it seems to be trying to slide under the radar during regime change.

I highly advise you to read the whole document.

And one last thing. Although Board Docs has improved. without properly labeling this document with the actual issues contained in it- with a summary, adding a ADA compliant PDF isn’t enough to meet ADA requirements. Labeling it 1st Reading with the date- gives no insight to what it contains. This is why the entire public information system needs a revamp, if it is to be compliant for public records.

Now can we kick Adil Baguirov off the School Board?

Adil Baguirov voter registration record 7 November 2017 showing he doesn't live in DPS district

Told you so.

We told you that Dr. Adil Baguirov didn’t live in the Dayton school district.

We told you that he committed voter fraud, claiming to live in a crap house at 630 Maryland Ave

The School Board was notified- they did nothing. He should have been removed when he moved.

The board of elections, the secretary of state, the county prosecutor, the Ohio ethics commission- all sat back and did nothing.

Well, checking his voter registration today- he lives in the Vandalia-Butler School district- right where we told you all along. The real question now is when did he change his address- and fail to notify the School District?

Can we remove the other 6 members now- for failing to do their job and follow up on our information, back in April of 2017?

Can we get an investigation yet into our International Man of Mystery?

When the Emperor has no clothes: More DPS stupidity bordering on criminality

A refresher on Dutch folk tales:

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as “unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent”. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over 100 languages.[1]

Source: The Emperor’s New Clothes – Wikipedia

update: 18 Oct- key part missing from this synopsis- the Emperor also knew the suit was invisible- but, chose to believe the weavers too. (end update)

We know that Dayton Public Schools has problems managing their public image. Now, the people that Rhonda Corr hired to manage it, are actually actively destroying credibility and possibly breaking laws.

Dayton Public Schools Director of Media and Public Relationships is an expert in censorship of free political speech

Dayton Public Schools Director of Media and Public Relationships is an expert in censorship of free political speech

Unfortunately, the director of Dayton Public Schools media and public relations , Marsha Bonhart, either thinks she’s doing someone a favor (providing grounds for her dismissal) or is woefully ignorant of the audacity of the email she sent out to candidates before tomorrow’s Dayton Educational Council candidates forum from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Ponitz Career Technology Center, 741 W. Washington Street. (The  event will be broadcast live on DPS TV Spectrum Channel 21. and hopefully livestreamed as well).

The email, suggests that free speech should be limited, political discourse restrained, and that no one should disparage her boss, Rhonda Corr, whose future tenure will be decided by the very people that Ms. Bonhart seeks to censor and reign in.

The email reads:

From: Marsha Bonhart Neilson [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2017 7:09 PM
To: Marsha Bonhart Neilson <[email protected]>
Subject: More information

Dear candidates, as an addendum to Friday’s email:

  1. It is very important that we keep this forum civil.
  2. We ask that you not participate in or instigate any “bashing” of Superintendent Corr, Dayton School Board members, or each other.
  3. Please stay focused on providing quality answers to all of the questions.
  4. When answering questions, remain seated until the end of the event.

Thank you and we look forward to you providing voters the information they need to make informed decisions.

Marsha Bonhart
Director, Media and Public Relations

Dayton Public Schools
115 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
937-286-0023 (c), 937-542-3023 (desk)

Since Ms. Bonhart works for an organization that receives a lot of federal funds, we might look over to the Hatch Act of 1939 about what is allowed and appropriate for public employees to engage in during a political campaign. Note both the first and second bullets:

These federal and D.C. employees may not:

  • use official authority or influence to interfere with an election
  • solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with business before their agency
  • solicit or receive political contributions (may be done in certain limited situations by federal labor or other employee organizations)
  • be candidates for public office in partisan elections
  • engage in political activity while:
    • on duty
    • in a government office
    • wearing an official uniform
    • using a government vehicle
  • wear partisan political buttons on duty

Source: Hatch Act of 1939 – Wikipedia

The fact that the meeting is being held in a public building, on public property, for a public purpose, specifically, to discuss issues and the candidates who have the ability to vote to hire or dismiss Ms. Bonhart, shows she’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.

A true public relations professional in an organization that serves the public should know better than to get involved in this process, and know that her communications are all public record and not private.

Considering we’ve already had members of “The Slate” publicly state that they might try to skirt sunshine laws:

A member of the slate of candidates, which was endorsed by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, (Mohamed) Al-Hamdani said the four would not show disagreement in public, doing more preparation behind closed doors. He did not address how that would fit with open meetings law.

Source: Election will change face of Dayton’s school board

We may have even bigger problems in store when it comes to what is acceptable political behavior and what is not if Ms. Bonhart is the new ruler of political dicourse.

I believe that Ms. Bonhart should either retract these rules and publicly apologize for her attempt to influence political speech and interfere with an election via her official capacity, or be dismissed for cause. I don’t expect our current board, superintendent, elections officials, the county prosecutor, the state school board, the Ohio Ethics Commission or the Secretary of State to do their jobs and censure this kind of blatant abuse of power, but, that’s why we have a free and independent press, to make sure you know when you are getting played.

When a public employee thinks they can regulate candidates speech, we have a real problem.

This needs resolution before this event begins tomorrow night.


Wed 18 May 2017

the “Friday email”

From: Marsha Bonhart Neilson [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 6:05 PM
To: Marsha Bonhart Neilson <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: Candidates’ Night

Hello, Dayton School Board candidates,

Candidates’ Night, Wednesday, October 18th,  is drawing closer. As you know, the program, sponsored by the Dayton Education Council, will be aired live on DPS-TV from 6 to 8 pm with a strong presence on social media. We expect a large live audience as well.

You will be introduced and given 2 minutes to give an opening statement. When addressed by the moderator, each candidate will have 2 minutes to answer 3 rounds of pre-selected questions in addition to questions from the audience, phone callers and social media.

We ask that you arrive at David H. Ponitz Career Tech High School, 741 W. Washington St., 45402, at 5:15 for technical needs.

Again, thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Dayton Board of Education.

Marsha Bonhart
Director, Media and Public Relations
Dayton Public Schools
115 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
937-286-0023 (c), 937-542-3023 (desk)

Of note- the Slate don’t even get email directly- it goes through their handler, Uriah Anderson of Burges & Burges from Cleveland.

The rest of the Pete Pullen story…

How does DPS hire 2 people to run PR, pay them $180K a year, and the way the community finds out who’s the new head basketball coach at Dunbar- is on my blog?

Way to welcome new coach, Chuck Taylor to Dunbar.

The job was posted, Chuck applied, came prepared to the interview. He’d passed on other coaching positions- waiting for the right job, right time. He’s no stranger to the Dayton basketball community- having run his own AAU team for 20+ years. A Dunbar Roth grad, he lead Roth to a basketball state championship as a point guard, before Roth’s program moved to Dunbar when Roth closed. This was his chance to “come home” and lead.

The other part of the story that’s missing, is that Coach Pullen did a cardinal sin in a very petty district- he dared to apply for the Wayne High School coaching job, although he was never called for an interview. Just like the Trump administration, in the new DPS, where “Great things are happening”- it’s all but an unwritten rule that you sign a loyalty oath. Any deviation from devotion to the Corr machine- and you are out. Got questions? See the Tom Archdeacon story in Sunday’s Dayton Daily where the celebrated soccer coach at Belmont of last year, Julie Raiff, was replaced this year, because she dared to go to Northridge for more money as a Special Ed teacher. The district line for her- we want a coach who is in the building.

Which brings us back to Dunbar’s new coach- who has a full time job as Judge Gehres’ bailiff. He may be the new direction for Dunbar, as what Principal Crystal Phillips told her 63 year old coaching stead as she unceremoniously turned him out to pasture, but Taylor won’t be in the building either.

Coach Pullen had already retired from teaching the year before last, but still taught two PE courses last year. This year, he’d opted out, but is also currently recuperating from major surgery- and did his interviews in a wheelchair- which probably also didn’t help his case for keeping his job.

Phillips also said that Pullen didn’t have a good rapport with college coaches as a reason for not keeping him, yet the fact that there would be seven college coaches at his practices says volumes.

In PR, the secret is always getting ahead of the story. In this case, considering the smoldering smirch on the district of the Dunbar/Belmont football fiasco last year, the new PR fiasco of the announcement at an emergency meeting about the new academic eligibility standards, you’d think the PR wizards on staff would have made sure that this change wouldn’t be yet another target for tomato tossers- but, they failed.

In the end, Dunbar will do fine in basketball. The question again, is why is this change being made this late? Would Dunbar have lost two star players, DeVon Baker and Caleb McConnell, to SPIRE Academy in Geneva, Ohio, for their senior year? Other districts know that parents of star athletes choose to enroll their kids in schools because of the coaches, not necessarily because of academics. If your ticket to college is being punched because you can play hoops- that’s the first thing you look for.

However, I sure wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the coming Dunbar parents and alumni storm- which all could have been avoided had this been handled properly.