Dec 252015
 

letter

Gentlemen:

I must confess that I am more than a bit confused.

1. You have told the public that Richard Fechter, a forensic auditor and lawyer, will be investigating the missing funds at the HOB daycare center. Yet, according to newspaper reports, you have not signed a contract with Mr. Fechter and, in that regard, have yet to determine the cost and parameters of his investigation.

Phrased differently, you have not told Mr. Fechter exactly what you would like done and when you would expect a report from him. Add to that the fact that the School District is effectively closed until January 4, 2016. The next Board meeting is January 12, 2016, at which time you will possibly approve a contract with Mr. Fechter.

That being the case, it looks to me like nothing is going to happen before the middle of January.

2. With regard to the investigation being conducted by the local state attorney’s office into the missing HOB daycare funds, Mr. Fechter, a lawyer and former senior assistant state attorney general, has expressed the opinion that the state attorney will have “difficulty proving a case.” Assuming that Fechter is correct, the public should not expect much of anything from the state attorney’s office, no indictments and no trials. As former Governor Lawton Chiles liked to say: “That dog won’t hunt.”

If I understand him correctly, Fechter perceives the situation as purely a civil matter–and he has not even started to investigate! Apparently, the situation is that transparent to him.

Larry Murray

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Dr. Larry Murray
A former 60's hippie with a strong belief in capitalism, Dr. Murray obtained his Ph.D. in American History in 1970 and went on to, in his own words, ‘publish and perish,’ teaching at colleges and universities while publishing in professional journals.

Now Dr. Murray is a tireless community activist, focusing primarily on the administration of the public schools in Monroe County. Hands down, Larry has made more public records requests to the school district than anyone else – ever - something he describes as “the equivalent of pulling teeth” or, as some have put it, "herding cats".

Pushing for the best schools possible, he pokes and prods, urging the School District, as often as not, to simply follow its own rules and regulations, not do something unique and different.

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  One Response to “Open Letter to Monroe County School Board”

  1. They really need to get to the bottom of this. At first I thought spending money for auditors for $20,000 was a waste, but after reading the story on Kathy Reitzel and seeing how many individuals were involved in sweeping things under the rug, and the extent of the fraud surrounding the purchase cards, this could be just another flag of more serious issues. That story reveals others who were caught stealing and remained employed by the Monroe County School Board. They seem to have very poor internal controls.