The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel have never reported on the hiring of James D. Stokes to replace Edward J. Marko as General Counsel for the Broward County School Board.
Or even the public meetings held to reach the final candidates, which I, at least, posted on my blog days in advance so that people would know what was going on.
I've been looking and waiting -nothing.
So I checked again after reading Buddy's Nevins' Broward Beat article this afternoon.
Result: We didn't find any Articles containing James Stokes.
Per Buddy Nevins' jaw-dropping story, I'd complain to SE Broward School Board member Ann Murray about this situation, but since she hasn't been publicly seen in Hallandale Beach for a non-political purpose all year, there's no point.
Perhaps you feel differently, if so, here are the folks who remain after Tuesday's election results.
It'd be nice to see the South Florida news media actually try to ask the newly-elected School Board members on camera what they think of this outrage, and whether it seems at all consistent with what the so-called Integrity Comm., formally known by the tongue-twister, Commission on Education Excellence through Integrity, Public Ethics and Transparency, recommended for regaining the community's trust.
Oh yeah, and be sure to ask Integrity member Bob Butterworth what he thinks -on camera, too- about the very idea of the present School Board members voting on this before the new members are sworn-in.
Yet another nail in Broward Schools Supt. James Notter's coffin.
Please pass the hammer when you are through with it!
This afternoon I heard from Broward Coalition President Charlotte Greenbarg and Charlotte says:
"They're going to give the Stokes contract to the board Monday as they planned yesterday when they were negotiating with him. I was there."
After hearing that, all I can say is that from here in Hallandale Beach, it sure looks like a railroad robbery, and an "inside job" at that.
Note to self: I wonder if any Broward School Board members have ever been recalled from office before?
If not, there's always a first time, and I'd only be too happy to help get the party started.
I can think of two perpetual no-shows in Hallandale Beach I'd start with: rhymes with Gottlieb & Murray.
Outgoing School Board’s Last Minute Big Contract With Attorney
By Buddy Nevins
A $266,654 contract to give longtime School Board attorney Ed Marko an extra year’s employment is being rammed through a week before the new School Board takes office.
The contract appointing Marko “general counsel emeritus” is due to be voted on at next Tuesday’s meeting, the last meeting of the outgoing School Board.
The new Board will be sworn in a week later, on Nov. 16.Read the rest of the post at:
The School Board of Broward County, Florida Agenda
Created : October 11, 2010 at 06:46 PM
Public Hearing - Interview the Finalists for the General Counsel Position
October 11, 2010
Monday, 03:00 PM
K. C. Wright Administration Center
600 Southeast Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|CALL TO ORDER|
|PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|PURPOSE OF MEETING:|
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Mayo on the Side blog
Will Broward Superintendent Notter start feeling heat for school district woes?
October 22, 2010 10:35 AM
As if corruption arrests of two school board members and an ongoing state grand jury probe weren't enough, now comes the latest embarrassment for the Broward school district: a scathing federal audit that questions $15 million in disaster aid spending after the 2005 hurricane season.
The audit examined $15.7 million of $60.8 million (CORRECTION APPENDED: an earlier version had an incorrect figure of $65 million) in FEMA grants that the school district received after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
Shockingly, it found problems with $15 million of the $15.7 million, nearly 95 percent, calling the district's expenses "unreasonable, unsupported, unnecessary or excessive."
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