Thursday, August 2, 2012

President Ramsey bites meeting attendee

At last night's board meeting, a member of the audience had the audacity to ask a speaker to stand closer to the microphone because her voice was hardly audible.  An enraged President Ramsey quickly tore into the audience member, shouting "I'm running the meeting here!"  The lesson being that a member of the audience should adhere to the chain-of-command by addressing President Ramsey instead of the speaker.  "President Ramsey, can you please ask the speaker to stand closer to the microphone?"  Seriously?  This man scares me.  Too much caffeine?

I then watched in horror as the board recognized the construction management company, Seville Group:

Verbiage from agenda
"D.1 Recognition of Seville Group for 10 Years of Service
Over the last ten years, the Seville Group (SGI) has provided service to the District as Program Manager for the bond program. The District deeply appreciates the expertise and commitment that SGI has brought to the effort."
Now view this document about one citizen's plea for campaign contribution limits
The Seville Group donated $330,000.00 to the campaigns of board members. The Seville Group landed $46 million in contracts. And we are thanking them?
Now read the following statement from a district Financial audit found here
"The District also places an over-reliance on construction management firms to perform the budgeting and cash flow functions of the projects."
The WCCUSD has two weeks remaining (out of 90 days) to submit a response to the Grand Jury on their report on school construction bond oversight. Here is the report.
Was it too much to ask for our board members to respond to this report BEFORE voting on a bond measure?
Candidate Studdiford is on the CBOC. Why didn't he ask for an update on this response last night?   And then there was board member Elaine Merriweather's comment, "I don't really know the Seville Group, but I hear nice things about them from the other board members."  She certainly was not one of the recipients of large cash contributions from this private business.

1 comment:

  1. President Ramsey was on the board when I taught. The conditions that I personally observed and experienced resulted in the filing of the Williams lawsuit in 2000, settled in 2004. The parents, not board member Ramsey, had to rescue the children. President Ramsey did not understand school quality then and he still does not as evidenced by his pre-occupation with bond measures and school construction instead of teaching quality.