Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Eking Out the Data

Generic Granny: Always doing needle work or eking out information from the school board

Today I intend to send the Melinda-and-Bill email to the faculty at King High School, Lair of the Toe-cracker Foot Fetishist.

Linda, what I ask for is a copy of Gonzalez's contract. Is there one? If so, I would like to see it.

I also await the Gates Foundation proposal for the grant and a copy of the page that Ms. Kipley superimposed on the Sheriff's child-abuse report. ldd

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Cobbe [mailto:lcobbe@sdhc.us]
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 3:19 PM
To: lee
Subject: Re: public information
Lee, Mr. Gonzalez was appointed school board attorney effective October 6, 2004. The Erwin case was in late 2001 through 2002.
Regarding Gonzalez's participation in the Erwin case, following is the explanation I sent to you on May 29, 2009 at 8:40 a.m.:
... Tom didn't have a contract with the school board at that time; Few was the board attorney. Mr. Few referred the case to the Gonzalez firm. There would not be a "contract" with the attorney who tried the case.
Hlllsborougb: Ex-administrator suing schools testifies

Ex-administrators uing schools testifies

Doug Erwin says he was forced to retire after exposing and trying to halt theft, waste and mismanagement.

TAMPA - When Doug Erwin began his job as head of school maintenance and operations, he said, he found that many employees were free]y, taking school equipment, long lunches, extended breaks and overtime.

"It was worse than I had envisioned., Erwin testified Wednesday in U.S. District Court in his lawsuit against the Hillsborough County school district. "They felt it was institutionalized and they had that right.

Erwin a former Hillsborough school administrator and principal of the year, said he cracked down and tried to correct the problems. "We had some battles." he said during the trial's third"day.

Erwin's suit accused his former bosses of violating his First Amendment free speech rights, breaching his employment contract and failing to protect him under the state's whistle-blower law.

A 33-Year school employee, Elwin says he was forced to retire in 2002 after making allegations of theft, waste and mismanagement in the maintenance, grounds and construction depar1ments.

Erwin said he reported the problems to his supervisors on numerous occasions before finally meeting with superintendent Earl Lennard. He said Lennard told him he was making serious allegations about important people and his job was in jeopardy.

Lennard told him. "You're going to have to defend yourself." Erwin recalled during questioning by his attorney, Priscilla Ryan.

Erwin said he became increasingly concerned about the misuse of taxpayers’ property and money and took his concerns to former School Board chairwoman Carolyn Bricklemyer. He asked her to seek the help of the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“I had concerns about personal liability, being sued, Erwin said. I had some concerns about retaliation. I some concerns about losing my job.”

Eventually, Erwin said, he wrote a summary of his allegations at the request of Bricklemeyer and School Board attorney Tom Gonzalez, who assured him he would be protected as a whistle-blower if he documented the problems.

"I felt I had no choice but to comply with their request", Erwin said.


Vox Populi said...

lee, you're a sharp cookie. The Erwin INTIMIDATION ERA was such a BLACK EYE on Earl Lennard (thank GAWD charles in charge put him at the voting helm where he can't do ANY MORE (OR LESS) harm) and on the Hillsborough County School system. A first-grader would look at these mos and tell you they are lazy goodfornothings and make no connection between nor do they CARE about taxpayer money despite the fact that most of the taxpayers are THEIR FAMILY. They're not DONE stealing equipment by a long shot. Laptops, lawnmowers, you name it. It was CRIMINAL for lennard to demand that erwin document what is obvious to a six year old or an alien to this land. The saga of Erwin v Hillsborough County Board of whatever they do to schools or get away with doing to schools is a HURLER.
As in it makes me sick and angry every time I read what they did to him with no regard WHATSOEVER and right in front of everyone. The teachers tried to rally and they beat them down. It was actually in a way a test case for then maryEllen elia to know WHO TO GO AFTER. Her big idea, if you recall was to KEEP IT SECRET where the hillsborough schools would go so that NO ONE but THE CHOSEN ONES could speculate on the real estate for same.
Honestly ... when people hear you are from tampa they expect a certain level of criminality, I believe.
Thanks TAMPA !!!!!!!!!!(not all of us I know but it's gotten SO MUCH WORSE)
Anyway, you're a sharp cookie to keep going back to Doug Erwin.
Mr and Mrs Erwin YOU ARE MY HEROES.
Always since the minute I read your case. Thank you for all you did. I'm so sorry for what you were put through.

Anonymous said...

I believe I may have information re: the Erwin investigation as I was (no longer) closely associated w/ the prime target of the investigation and have uncovered other crimes involving he and his family. These people I believe should have been prosecuted under RICO. I would love to see justice done in this case as these people are clearly sociopaths and lie, cheat and steal at every opportunity. Let me know if I can help. Thanks sdwhid

Anonymous said...

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