Lorain City Schools- The meeting- they said…

January 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm 3 comments

Please accept my apologies for the tardiness of this post. I met with Superintendent Atkinson, Mr. Stewart, Mr. De Nicola, Mr. Woods, Ms Sanchez, Ms Tansy on December 6th, 2010 , Charleston Center in regard to my public records request.
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/surfacing-he-saidshe-said-they-said-lorain-city-schools-what-will-they-say/

Unfortunately I had to go for oral surgery the next afternoon ( and therein lies another tale). The surgery did not go well and the next weeks have found me dealing with the resulting problems from that surgery.

Readers will recall that I had questions as to the PO’s for the meeting at Sawmill Creek and also the expenditure in that same week for a “speaker” .

Let me preface by saying there was nothing illegal with regard to these expenditures. I personally thought they were unwise, naive and coming from the perspective of a taxpayer – wasteful, hence my request for confirmation and explanation.

I received the answers to my public records request within the 10 days as well as the meeting which lasted nearly three hours.

I will be breaking the information and conclusions I have drawn in at least three maybe four parts.

Firstly let us start with the questions as to the Sawmill Creek – Leadership Retreat August 2010:

Please provide itemized billing and a breakdown of the services provided- for example:

(a) How many people attended the retreat?
ANS:62 administrative staff

(b) What was the purpose of the retreat?
ANS: Professional Development for administrators;examining the Ohio Improvement Process

(c) How many of the participants were teachers ( k-12 working classroom teachers)
ANS: None, this retreat was for administrative leadership for school and teacher improvement.

(d)How many were Administration ( e.g. principals, Charleston staff)
ANS: ALL

(e)How many family members of staff were included ( e.g. rooms)
ANS:There were a total of 67 family members.

(f)How many rooms were paid for
ANS: 50

and for how many nights,
ANS: 2 nights

meals,
ANS: 6 meals

the cost of “the family day” pool side barbecue?
ANS :$1,860.55

The account(s) from which the PO’s of this retreat was paid.
ANS: Title 1 Sub A School Improvement. This is a federal grant and is restricted to Professional Development to improve academic achievement for schools.

Cost of the retreat 2010= $19.796.50

How much money is left in the grant if any?
ANS: There is $578.709.00

To be continued

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