Friday, October 16, 2009

Good Lord! Look What Posting a Reader Sent. It Looks Like the Crooks Will Take Over the Country. We Will Be Another Afghanistan.

First the crooks run for public office like Karzai did in Afghanistan. Then they take over all the rackets.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "More Administration and Board Crooks: I Have Alway...":

helmet-headed broads make me feel queasy. (LOL!!)

Lee, did you know that this ashbritt co. is owned by MILLIONAIRE GAZILLIONAIRE lobbyist RON BOOK who is responsible for so-called sex offenders living under a bridge. He alludes to the improbable story of his daughter being molested by a female housekeeper for FIVE YEARS or more while he was fleecing the taxpayers !!!! He's on THE THIRD VERSION of his story now. Read some of these links. Also .. he spent TWENTYFIVE MILLION on his little liar's wedding. For the record, I am not related to nor do I know any sex offenders. BUT I do know an inhuman condition, a slow-boiling pot and cruel and unusual punishment when I see it. Not to mention a BRAZEN liar who helped her father RON BOOK and other scum like him FLEECE FOR MILLIONS the unknowing taxpayer while they forced people into homelessness and committed every type of fraud and lies and covered up MURDERS....

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Readers educated me on Ms. Elia's having a mullet hair do; now I need somebody to explain to me what a "helmut head" is. lee

Lock and Load for a Probable Shoot-out with Hypocrisy

Dear Children's Board Members:
I attach a complaint to the State of Florida Children's Protection Agency.

Local citizens should not have to go outside the community to protect Hillsborough County's vulnerable Special-ed children in the public school system when the county is fortunate enough to have a Children's Board in its midst.

In fact, the district superintendent is a member of the County Children's Board as are a School Board member and one other school administrator.

I believe that Children's Board members should interest themselves in the problems described below that impact the children in the board's midst.

Somewhere on one of the board's Web pages, I read that the board welcomed visitors. I request a chance visit with the board to discuss this information further and bring two teachers with me who can add additional information from teachers' point of view.

Please tell me to whom I address this request.

Lee Drury De Cesare

Lee Drury De Cesare To: Florida Child Abuse Agency From: Lee Drury De Cesare; citizen, 15316 Gulf Boulevard 802; Madeira Beach, FL33708;727-398-4142;

Subject: Systemic Child Abuse in the Hillsborough County Special Education Department

Please consider this a formal request for the Florida Child Welfare Agency to review the patterns and practices of abuse by administrators in the Hillsborough County Special Education Department and in the Personnel and Professional Standards offices.

Practices of administrative child abuse came to light during a false charge of child abuse against a teacher by special ed administrators Smiley, Morris, and Sosa. He suffered extended punishment.

Teacher Steve Kemp has an education blog that sometimes includes issues that relate to the Hillsborough County schools. The blog is serious and deals with education issues in a respectful manner. It sometimes discusses issues that relate to the Hillsborough County school system.

Reader comments may be flippant, but Editor Kemp's comments are uniformly serious. Nevertheless, the blog caused the Professional Standards office to target Mr. Kemp on any pretext because the administration and board hate blogs because blogs provide information that does not agree with the Community Affairs' sanitized information of board and administration activities and decisions to make them look good.

The problem with Mr. Kemp's blog or any blog comes down to the fact that the administration and board want only information sanitized by the Community Affairs staff to reach the public about their running of the schools.

In a broader sense, the reason for board and administration hostility to teacher blogs has to do with their unwillingness to tolerate Constitutional free-speech discussions about the school system's administrative and board actions. They want to hide from the public what really goes on in administrative and board activities and decisions so that the public will remain ignorant of anything amiss and will believe that the Community Affairs gloss of school matters constitutes valid report of what goes on in the schools.

Innocuous as it was, Teacher Kemp's education blog represented a threat to that public-relations system of sanitizing reporting on the board's and administration's activities and decisions, hence was viewed by the board and ROSSAC administration as a threat that put Mr. Kemp on the administration's troublemaker watch list.

Teachers on this watch list are charged with Professional Standards violations to scare them about losing their job so that they discontinue blogs.

Teacher Kemp's class did not make a year ago, so Section 5 Supervisor Smiley and Principal Morris threw him into a classroom of profoundly retarded children whom he lacked training to superintend. He did not know the state restraint laws, for example.

Both Mr. Smiley's and Ms. Morris's job descriptions say that they are supposed to brief teachers before sending them into a classroom.

One infers that this administrative obligation especially applies to teachers such as Kemp, who don't know the rules in a new teaching environment. Smiley and Morris ignored their documented duty and injected Steve Kemp into a classroom of profoundly retarded students with no briefing by the two administrators as was their obligation according to their job descriptions.

An administrator named Sosa was also involved.

The department's giving seminars in different aspects of special ed testifies to special-ed's teachers' not knowing all aspects of the field.

Morris, Sosa, and Smiley should have known that fact and responded by briefing Steve on what he did not know about care rituals of the children whom these senior supervisors put him in charge of . The state restraint law represented a mystery to Steve.

Mr. Smiley and Principal Morris gave Steve no data on restraint policy before putting him into a class room for profoundly retarded students.
Two of the retarded youngsters were large boys of about 175 pounds each whom wanted to escape from the classroom by slipping out a door.

Worth noting is that besides the door to the hall, a door to an adjoining classroom was left unlocked. Steve Kemp says this room contained medical substances which if ingested by the wandering boys could have been injurious or worse.

More evidence of supervisory careless attitudes toward student safety is that the supervisors had put these profoundly retarded children in a storage room instead of a classroom. The storage room had large objects with loose articles piled on top. The objects were pushed up against the room's walls. The two retarded boys were especially curious to investigate these insecure piles of materials and could reach to the top of the large objects to dislodge and cause fall the objects scattered atop them The falling objects would endanger themselves and others.

The senior teacher left Steve alone with the class while she went on some errand. The two large boys were in a mood to slip out of the classroom. Steve found a cord (given the inflammatory designation of a "coaxial cable" in the Professional Standards report) and looped it through the back of one boy's bus restraint to keep him from escaping while Steve chased the other escaping boy.

This stationery boy had still worn what apparently was a bus restraint. If I correctly understand the online state restraint guidelines, an attendant should have be removed the bus restraint when the student arrived in the classroom.
But the previous attendant had left the bus restraint on the student. One infers that this regular staff person did not remove the bus restraint for staff convenience so that an attendant would not have to go to the trouble of putting the restraint on the boy again at the end of the day.

This dereliction of state restraint rules by regular staff apparently went unadmonished and unreported to Professional Standards by the supervisory staff of Mr. Smiley and Ms. Morris.

After Steve had pulled the cord through the loops in the back of the bus restraint and secured the seated student to the desk, Mr. Smiley and Ms. Morris entered the room. Ms. Morris told Steve to remove the cord from the back of the bus restraint apparatus, that she "didn't want to lose my job." Steve says she gave the information quietly, but Ms. Morris reported to the Professional Standards investigator according to the investigator's notes that she had raised the roof.

Mr. Smiley said nothing. He later maintained that the cord that Steve had looped to the bus restraint in the back went all the way around the boy. A physical-therapy observer refused to confirm this statement of Mr. Smiley.

After these scenes, six days later Mr. Smiley went down to the Sheriff's office and filed a felony child-abuse complaint against Steve Kemp. Ms. Morris backed him up and augmented her performance when she had discovered that Steve had looped the cord through the back of the bus restraint's loops.

Why these two administrators left a child abuser teacher in charge of these same children in the same classroom for the next six days after deeming him a child abuser remains a mystery of these special-ed administrative minds.

The sheriff dismissed the charge the same day Mr. Smiley filed it.

If one were to ask me why I think Mr. Smiley and Ms. Ross filed a cooked-up charge against Steve Kemp from circumstances that the sheriff found unworthy of a charge as well as a charge with the Professional Standards office, I would say that I infer that they thought lying about a substitute teacher's behavior ranked in their ethics system an acceptable way to call attention to themselves in the administrative hierarchy to hasten their climb up the employment ladder perhaps even as far as an office in ROSSAC.

Despite the Sheriff's throwing Mr. Smiley's charge against Kemp out, the Professional Standards office kept the charge extant for more than a year during which he was put on suspension with all the attendant worries of losing his job.

After a year had elapsed with Steve still on suspension, board member Susan Valdes asked Mr. Valdez, personnel director, how much longer the suspension would be in effect. Mr. Valdez said it was hard to tell because the investigation was incomplete. Ms. Valdes made no follow-up question. Nor did any of the other board members ask a question about this mysterious prolongation of a charge the sheriff had thrown out the day Mr. Smiley filed it.

A rational person would say that the few people interviewed should not have consumed a year's time. So there must have been some other motive unfolding. It is hard not to conclude that Mr. Valdez was foot dragging at the behest of the superintendent to pressure Steve Kemp to abandon his blog and to serve as an example to frighten the district's teachers so that they would not question the board and administration's mess-ups.

I believe a state agency such as yours, Mr. Cox, can get a copy of the Professional Standards account of this charge gratis and make your own judgment about the Professional Standards case against Teacher Kemp based on Mr. Smiley's and Ms. Morris's assertions. I had to pay $73.00 for mine as a citizen.

The fact remains that the board and administration kept Mr. Kemp on suspension for over a year because of this false restraint charge of child abuse while the administrators themselves had committed a series of actions that endangered the welfare of the children.

But the Professional Standards office punished no one but teachers. Administrators, no matter how egregious their behavior, are exempt from Professional Standards punishment.
Thank goodness, Steve refused to buckle to administration-and-board coercion and still maintains his blog. That is the only good thing that has come out of this bizarre case.

It gave a lone teacher the opportunity to stand up for his individual rights and dignity.
I infer that publicity on the Kemp case by blogs and comments from the public at board meetings effected Steve's being taken off suspension and returned to the classroom after more than a year.

The administration and board are reluctant to have the public know how badly they treat teachers because the public loves teachers of their own school years and reveres the teachers of the present who teach their children.

This affection finds expression in John Adams' remark that "teachers affect eternity; you never know where their influence stops."

The administration via Professional Standards added three non-paid days to Steve's punishment from no cause but administration pressure to make him shut down his blog. These were in addition to the more than a year suspension he had already served.

Steve is now back in the classroom this semester, a sadder but a wiser pedagogue, but the board attorney, Mr. Gonzalez, delivered a thinly veiled, crude threat after Steve addressed the board to ask why his case got such different treatment from that of an administrator at King High School who called pubescent boys into his office, ordered them to take off their shoes, ordered them to present him their naked feet, and proceeded to fondle their feet and crack their toes. Steve pointed out that the sheriff's report on both his and the administrative toe popper got the same assessment from the sheriff but that he had got over a year's suspension while the toe popper administrator had walked away free with the administrative attitude of "He's just a card and a jolly good fellow."

The administration and board did not even order the toe popper to a psychiatric evaluation for the students' safety who came in contact with him.

Mr. Gonzales had wrongly asserted at a previous board meeting that only Steve's sheriff's report said that further action might be needed by the board. The SPT had reported the accurate information that both Steve and the Toe Popper had gotten the same comment from the sheriff.

Then Mr. Gonzalez disputed with the reporter's accuracy. Mr. Gonzalez makes over $275,000 a year from tax monies. For that kind of excess in salary, the least he could do would be to master the documents that apply to school business and have enough public-relations sense not to dispute a reporter's accuracy, equivalent to waving a red flag before a bull because reporters are sensitive to any disparagement of their accuracy.

Belatedly discovering that he was wrong on this issue when he tardily examined the texts, Mr. Gonzalez hastened to dictate to Ms. Kipley, head of Professional Standards, a redaction of the Toe Cracker file to coincide with his wrong interpretation and disguised it. This feat demonstrates the board's and administration's and attorney's concept of integrity.

When Steve Kemp addressed the board, he did not say he was dissatisfied with the disposition of his case; but Attorney Gonzalez switched the subject from Steve's question about disparate treatment of him and the toe-cracker, who got nothing save a mild rebuke and an avalanche of jocular administrative comments about what a card he was.

The lawyer delivered a horseback opinion with the sly and threatening suggestion that if Steve were dissatisfied with his settlement, he could reject it and go to a hearing.
This response evaded Steve's question and represented patent attempt to shut Steve up by covert threats because he had demonstrated not the abject acquiescence that the board and administration demand of teachers but the temerity to question the wisdom and fairness of a board-administrative decision.

For the board and administration and their attorney, this defiance was revolutionary stuff, harbinger of when les citoyens refuse to eat cake but mount the barricades to fight.

My judgment says the attorney was trying to coerce Steve with the usual oblique threat of job loss if he didn't shut up and not ever dare challenge the board again in a board meeting.

Board meetings are on public TV and can let the cat out of the bag about how the board and administration mistreat teachers.

When I learned of the special-ed administrative child-abuse procedures via the Kemp case, I sent to Linda Kipley, Professional Standards chief, with copy to Mr. Valdez, head of personnel, and board members my own Professional Standards charges against the three special-ed administrators involved in the Kemp case.

La Kipley did not acknowledge their receipt.

When I emailed the lady several months later to learn what had happened to my charges against the three administrators, I did not get an answer and had to repeat my question about the status of the investigation of my charges against Mr. Smiley, Ms. Sosa, and Ms. Morris.

I finally got a response from Ms. Kipley that displayed a mish mash sentence cobbled from the words of my emails to her in which she violated all the rules of scholarship as well as of courtesy to one of the citizens who pay her salary.

To a job that should have a Master's degree in criminal justice, psychology, or sociology, Ms. Kipley brings a home-ec degree. The administration hired her without advertising the job after the teachers at Hillsborough High found her so disingenuous that they took recorders into an interview with Ms. Kipley. She is the Poster Child of the administration's and board's hiring of buddies, relatives, and sycophants, cheating the taxpayers of qualified jobs that pay sky-high salaries while many teachers must work second jobs to make ends meet.

This ill-qualified woman considers such treatment of a citizen who helps pay her salary her right, and Ms. Elia does not rebuke such uncivilized behavior in an administrator. The conduct coincides with the fact that only teachers get Professional Standards charges; administrators don't no matter how badly they behave.

Copies of Professional Standards Charges Filed Against Three administrators and ignored by Professional Standards supervisor Linda Kipley, the Personnel Director Mr. Valdez, the Superintendent and the Board:

To: Linda Kipley, Professional Standards From: Lee Drury De Cesare, citizen 2/11/09

Professional Standards charge against Principal Morris of Special Ed Please consider this a formal complaint against Principal Morris of the Special Ed division.

In the matter of the case of Steve Kemp, in which a filing by Mr. Smiley with the Sheriff's office alleged child-abuse by Mr. Steve Kemp, I protest its validity of the charge on the grounds that Ms. Morris along with Mr. Smiley and Ms Sosa bear responsibility in the situation for their not providing Mr. Kemp the instruction he needed before he entered the special-ed severely retarded classroom.

The three's job descriptions detail those obligations that they
they either didn't know or ignored. Ms. Morris's Job Description:

• Proactivity: Demonstrates readiness to initiate action and take responsibility for leading and enabling others to improve the circumstances being faced or anticipated; • Organizational Sensitivity: Is aware of the effects of his/her behavior and decisions on all stakeholders both inside and outside the organization; • Oversees and is responsible for school’s instructional program…and its results; • Oversees and is responsible for the safety and discipline of the school’s students; • Oversees and is responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of school’s records and reports. Ms. Morris gave Steve Kemp no assistance that coincides with the obligations of her job. The only thing she said when she entered the room with Mr. Smiley and a physical therapist was that she “didn’t want to lose her job for child abuse.” In fact, Principal Morris gave no instruction to Steve Kemp before she threw him into a classroom of severely retarded children with no debriefing. Steve had no education in or training to serve this student population. Ms. Morris gave Steve no advice or orientation to help him do the job right; she gave no information on state standards restraint rules. In these deficiencies, Ms. Morris shows derelict in her duties as a principal. Thus I file Professional Standards charges against her.

To: Linda Kipley, Professional Standards From: Lee De Cesare, citizen Date: 2/11/09

Please consider this a formal complaint of breach of professional standards by Supervisor Smiley, Section 5, Special Ed Division.

Mr. Smiley I believe gave false witness to the placement of the cord that forms basis for this charge against Steve Kemp. My comments act refutation of the charge of child abuse against teacher Steve Kemp filed with the Sheriff's Department and with the schools' Professional Standards office.

Ms. Morris participated in and sanctioned the assignment of Steve Kemp to the substitute duty of teaching profoundly retarded children without ascertaining his training or giving him a debriefing on things he needed to know to function in a new teaching environment.

Mr. Kemp has no academic credentials in caring for profoundly retarded children. His special-ed education is in teaching children who have trouble reading to read better.

Mr. Smiley's Job Description:

Help teachers develop a strategy for the instruction and assessment of the subject area curriculum so that every student develops to his maximum potential;
• Be responsible for assisting the administration in monitoring absences and arranging coverage of classes when no substitute is present; • To insure dissemination of information and subject area supervisors to all members of the department and to insure understanding of all directives issued; • To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal for Curriculum for evaluation of teachers within the department and, when necessary, work with teachers to improve instruction; • To become a trained classroom observer eligible to serve on Preparing New Educator Teams. • To work with teachers within the department to produce the highest standards of teaching (This includes visiting classrooms, making helpful suggestions for improving lesson plans, counseling with teachers within the department, and coordinating the work of the group to achieve departmental standards.

Although Mr. Smiley visited Mr. Kemp’s classroom, he spoke not a word to Mr. Kemp in accordance with the mandate in his job-description directives.

Instead after the lapse of a week in which he, Principal Morris, and Administrator Sossa left Steve Kemp in the same classroom with the retarded students he was accused of abusing, Mr. Smiley went to the Sheriff’s Department and filed felony child-abuse charges against Mr. Kemp for his hooking a cord through loops to the back of the bus harness that the student wore when Kemp entered the room. Kemp, uneducated in restraint protocols. ran through the bus restraint's back loops a cord to keep the student immobilized in the chair while he dealt with another child's trying to run away.

The sheriff’s office dismissed the felony charge that Mr. Smiley filed on the day he filed it, but the administration continued its baseless charge for over a year against Mr. Kemp when it is the supervisory people like Mr. Smiley who should have received citations for abuse of Professional Standards.

Ms. Morris's Job Description:

• Proactivity: Demonstrates readiness to initiate action and take responsibility for leading and enabling others to improve the circumstances being faced or anticipated; • Organizational Sensitivity: Is aware of the effects of his/her behavior and decisions on all stakeholders both inside and outside the organization; • Oversees and is responsible for school’s instructional program…and its results; • Oversees and is responsible for the safety and discipline of the school’s students; • Oversees and is responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of school’s records and reports.

Ms. Morris gave Steve Kemp no assistance that coincides with the above duties of her job. The only thing she said when she entered the room with Mr. Smiley and a physical therapist was that she “didn’t want to lose her job for child abuse.” She gave no help to Steve Kemp before she threw him into a classroom of severely retarded children.

Steve had no education in or training to serve this student population. Ms.Morris gave Steve no advice or orientation to help him do the job right.

In this lack Ms. Morris was derelict in her duties as principal; thus I file Professional Standards charges against her.

To: Linda Kipley, Professional Standards

From: Lee De Cesare, citizen Date: 2/11/09

Please consider this a formal complain of breach of professional standards by Supervisor Sosa in the Special Ed division. This charge is a refutation of the charge of child abuse against teacher Steve Kemp. Ms. Sosa was one of three the Special-ed administrative employees who assigned Steve to the substitute duty of teaching profoundly retarded children without ascertaining his training. Mr. Kemp has no academic credentials in caring for profoundly retarded children. His education is in teaching children who have trouble reading to read.

• Ms. Sosa’s job description says that her duties include the following; • Provide support for ESE teachers at assigned school; • Assist teachers in monitoring the effectiveness of curriculum and materials used in the classroom; • Assist teachers in the pre-referral process of intervention strategies, observations, and conferences; • Provide in-service for general education teachers as needed; • Provide program-specific orientation and training for newly hired teachers; • Assist in developing intervention strategies in regard to behavior management and school discipline; Provide support for parents and function as a liaison to the school, parents, and community agencies.

Supervisor Sosa was derelict in these duties when she and Principal Morris with Area Director Smiley's sanction threw Steve as a substitute teacher in a room the population of which was profoundly retarded children. Neither she nor Ms. Morris nor Mr. Smiley gave Mr. Kemp any orientation or comments on his caring for this unfamiliar client base, not a word. This is dereliction of Supervisor Sosas’s written duties.

I therefore protest her behavior and ask that she be subject to a Professional Standards charge.

Liable for Professional Standards rebukes are other people aware of the situation who did nothing to protect the children. These are Mr. Valdez, head of personnel ; Ms. Kipley, head of Professional Standards; Ms. Elia, superintendent; and All Board members, to whom I had sent emails regarding this situation.

Those cited in the above paragraph knew what was going on or should have known, knew about the derelictions of the Special-ed supervisors charged with responsibility of insuring that the children had safe environments and competent attendants; knew about the disgraceful junk room that the severely retarded students inhabited. They sat on their hands did nothing. I hope that the fact that this charge involves administrative personnel does not frighten or deter the Child-Abuse Department from treating this case like that of any other child-abuse complaint. I hope there is no bureaucratic and administrative collusion that excuses the consequences of high-level employees and even board members and the attorney in this case from submitting to investigation and receiving the State Child Abuse professionals' judgment of the situation.

A lack of rigor and objectivity in response to this complaint will continue the injury of children in the Special-ed section of the Hillsborough County Schools, and defeat the mandate of the child protection agency to safeguard children's wellbeing.

I trust that the Child-Protection people will do their job in this case as in any other although my submission involves high-level members of the school system's hierarchy. Their practices of child abuse reflect an attitude of laizzez faire toward special-ed children's lax supervisors that is not acceptable in state employees charged with the safety and welfare of these vulnerable children.

Please let me know if I can provide further data or answer any questions.


Lee Drury De Cesare, citizen 15316 Gulf Boulevard 802 Madeira Beach, FL 33708

c: Governor Crist's Child Abuse Council
Eric Eikenberg, Chief of Staff of Governor Crist All Members, Hillsborough County School Board All Members Hillsborough County Children's Board

The Meaning of Life

I would love to live in Capri and lounge about the island with a hibiscus between my teeth-- just gadding around all day and half the night doing nothing. But the problem is that you have to wear island couture, which includes shorts, floods, minis, and low-heeled sandals and even (gag!) flipflops. Where would I be able to wear all my shoes and other geegaws collected over fifty years? You can't wear stilletoes with shorts. You look like a hooker, and my children would complain, "Mom, don't wear shorts with high heels; you look like a hooker." They would all come all the way from the United States to Capri to tell me that. Even my older grandchildren would chime in. ldd

From: lee de cesare []
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 11:58 AM

To: ''
Subject: public information

To whom does one lodge a bullying complaint? I don't see that information in the bullying explanation on the Web. Thank you. ldd

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Administration and Board Crooks: I Have Always Suspected That the Urge to Evade the Law in School Boards and Administrations Is Statewide

Source: Miami Herald

The Broward Teachers Union accused the school district Thursday of intercepting hundreds of e-mails sent by school employees to
School Board members since March -- without board members' knowledge.

Instead of being delivered to board members' inboxes, the e-mails about teacher raises, use of federal stimulus money and employee
contract negotiations went to a ``quarantined folder'' in an e-mail server, the union says.

BTU lawyers sent Board Attorney Edward Marko and Board Chairwoman Maureen Dinnen a cease and desist letter Thursday threatening legal
action if e-mail blocking is not stopped by Oct. 26. The letter says each blocked e-mail is a violation of the board member's and the
sender's constitutional rights under U.S. and Florida laws.

The accusation comes at a time when the district faces increased scrutiny after last month's arrest of board member Beverly Gallagher
in a federal corruption sting. Board members have admitted the scandal
has cost some of the public's faith in the district.

``Considering everything that has been happening recently with Broward
schools, and now this, it's no wonder voters and taxpayers are losing trust in our district's leaders,'' BTU President Pat Santeramo said
in a statement. ``District officials appear willing to break whatever laws necessary to keep their house of cards standing, but it's falling
all around them nonetheless.''


Broward School Board wants to set up watchdog committee

Broward School Board members want to talk about controversial problems that have come up in the wake of a federal probe.

The Broward School Board wants to create a small committee of outsiders to independently review school district practices following a federal corruption investigation that resulted in a board member's arrest last month.

Superintendent Jim Notter proposed the idea at a Tuesday workshop meeting, adding that putting together a committee of three to five ``highly respected'' members of the community would make sense even before the federal probe is complete.

``There's things that we can do,'' Notter said. ``I want to be ready for the ball that gets thrown at us.''


The board wasn't scheduled to discuss the investigation that resulted in suspended board member Beverly Gallagher being charged with taking kickbacks, but Chairwoman Maureen Dinnen brought up several issues she will ask her colleagues to address in future workshop meetings.

``We're going to change the way we do things,'' Dinnen said.

She mentioned five areas of concern:

The role of audits in the school district in general, and more specifically an audit released earlier this year that says AshBritt and another contractor overbilled some $765,000 in classroom repairs after Hurricane Wilma -- something AshBritt denies.

The way the district qualifies and picks contractors, a process Gallagher allegedly inappropriately influenced.

How much space the district has for students, now that the board has taken heat for having thousands of empty seats given a drop in public school enrollment.

The reasons for building project delays, and the costs incurred by those delays.

The purchase of property referred to as ``swamp land,'' which the school system bought several years ago to build a new high school in Gallagher's district in Southwest Ranches. The land was deemed unusable, and West Broward High eventually went up in Pembroke Pines.

Dinnen said she wants to clear the air in part so controversies do not follow the district when it lobbies state legislators for funding.

``I don't want people to just say at the state level, `Well, see, we fund you properly. You're just not using it right,' '' Dinnen said.


The AshBritt audit is scheduled for a workshop later this month, and board members at the meeting agreed to tackle the other issues more in depth. (Board members Phyllis Hope and Bob Parks were absent.)

Earlier this week, board member Ann Murray asked to suspend the committee that recommends contractors.

Her colleagues said they want to review how the committee works but not place a moratorium on it, since that would stop long-delayed projects in the pipeline.

``I don't think we need to stop everything,'' board member Ben Williams said. ``Just because things have come up does not mean that these things are not operating the way they should. . . . If you see later on that we have to make some changes, we make some changes. Let's go with the process.''

Some of the School Board Members at Broward

District 3
At Large

Maureen S. Dinnen
Jennifer Leonard Gottlieb


District 4
District 1

Stephanie Arma Kraft, Esq.
Ann Murray

At Large
District 6
Robin Bartleman
Phyllis C. Hope
District 7
District 5
Robert D. Parks, EdD
Benjamin J. Williams

The Miami Herald
Is it just me, or doesn't Dr. Robert D. Parks look like Dr. Jack Lamb? If she dyed her hair a more improbable shade of blond, Robin Bartleman would be a dead ringer for Candy Ols0n.

When in Doubt, Do the First Thing That Comes to Your Mind

Chief of Staff Eikenberg

Governor Charlie Crist

The Capitol

400 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001


Dear Mr. Eikenberg:

I can't find the name of the new director of the Florida Children's Protection Agency on the Web.

Will you please forward the enclosed material to him and send his name and address to

Also please forward the material to Governor Crist's Child Protection panel.

I read in the St. Petersburg Times that Mr. Crist's primary opponent Mr. Rubio is making inroads into Mr. Crist's support in the Senate race. I read also that Mr. Crist has requested a state grand jury to examine corruption.

The enclosed material on corruption in the Hillsborough County schools is an apt area to begin a corruption probe.

And what Mr. Crist should consider is that these corrupt conditions probably obtain in many other school districts in Florida.

The current Secretary of Education has flaccid instincts when it comes to cracking down on job rackets and mistreatment of teachers in the Florida school system to keep teachers quiet about administrative and board wrongdoing.

The Secretary of Education emerged from the school bureaucracy himself and thus is imbued with the ubiquitous conviction in that subculture that administrations of schools and boards have a time-honored right to hire relatives, buddies, and incompetents in the jobs rackets they run.

These public parasites assume they can spurn the Equal Employment Opportunity laws that would get the best candidates for administrative positions that in Hillsborough County pay sky-high salaries while teachers often have to work second jobs to make ends meet. Peripheral administrative slots in Hillsborough County make as much as the new state director of the Child Abuse agency.

Administrations and boards also, according to custom, enjoy a venerable invidious protocol of the right to threaten teachers with job loss if they dare criticize any of the mess-ups of the superintendents' no-talent staff and quiescent board.

A person running for the Senate should count noses and calculate that there are many more teachers in the state than there are occupants of the many corrupt administration sinecures under which teachers must function.

Machiavelli would have grabbed these pages that I include and gone to town with their leads. His political instincts were impeccable.

The governor could do worse that to make Machiavelli his role model in attacking state school administration and board corruption. Teachers would pay attention and vote accordingly. Media love corruption stories. They would pubish them.

The DNA of the Erwin Whistleblower case against the board and administration in the early '90's still infects the current administration and board because none of the guilty brigands got punished for the stealing and graft exposed in that case because the board was part of it. And citizens, not guilty administration and board members, paid the $165,000 settlement that the jury and judge awarded Mr. Erwin.

Thank you for your help.

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708