Nov 302015
 
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Commentary by Dr. Larry Murray…….
I have read what is purportedly the Finance Department’s review of the HOB Daycare Program. I say “purportedly” because the document is untitled, undated and incomplete. As best I can tell, the document was drafted sometime after February 25, 2015, although the date August, 2015 does appear in the document. There is no indication as to who authored the document or to whom it was submitted. In short, the document is confusing and most unprofessional. As a legal statement, it has precious little validity and could easily be altered.

According to the document, sometime in February, 2015, “Finance staffs (sic) continue(d) the reconciliation process and found disparity of the following (sic):

  • “Discrepancy of $14,082.14 pending further reconciliation….”
  • “Discrepancy of $5,954.65 is pending for further reconcilement between attendance and register.”

Obviously, I am quoting from the report and assume no responsibility for the emasculated grammar. I hope that the math is superior to the grammar in the investigation.

In sum, the Finance Department determined that there was a discrepancy of $20,036.79 between “total collections” and “bank deposit transactions”. That conclusion is rendered in a very convoluted, not easy to understand fashion. Read for yourself.   (I have seen other numbers reported elsewhere approaching $21,000 but the $20,036.79 is what is contained in the report.)

Later in the report “It is noted that when the principal is questioning a particular month receipts (sic) vs. the attendance of the month, the daycare manager was visibly upset and state(d) (that) the discrepancy was the outstanding reimbursement from ELC (Early Learning Coalition) subsidized student(s?)”.

If I understand that statement correctly, the daycare manager is contending that the discrepancy is a result of the ELC failing to pay what they owed. However, the report goes on to say that “Principal contacted ELC manager and was informed (that) the reimbursement information will be provided.”

There is nothing in the report of any information ever being provided by ELC to determine if ELC properly reimbursed the School District.   Other sources indicate that the information from ELC remained “unavailable” to the King & Walker auditors who issued their report on May 10, 2015.

In short, the report is dramatically incomplete vis-à-vis the ELC funding. We do not know, at least according to this report, if the “missing” ELC funds are equal to, greater than or less than $20,036.79. There is no indication as of today as to whether or not ELC has ever provided to the School District what was requested.

My conclusion after reading this document is that $20,036.79 remains missing and unaccounted for. Further, all daycare monies were received by the Daycare Manager Tina Godfrey who was “non-renewed” at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. If there is a responsible entity for the missing funds, it seems to me that the person to talk to is Tina Godfrey and to confirm if her contention that the missing funds were (are) owed by ELC. Only Godfrey and/or ELC can speak to that.

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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 “Superintendent Releases Finance Department’s Review of Missing $20,000 in HOB Daycare Program Funds”

  1. They should equally divide the amount missing between the School Board and the Superintendent.

    It would motivate them and we might find out where it went?

    A criminal investigation could look into the personal spending of those directly involved with the missing funds. The money if there ever was any went somewhere.

    What probably happened is the allegation that receipts were generated indicating that someone paid for their child’s daycare without them actually doing it is true.

    I don’t know what the monthly cost is ($400 per month), if you have 5, 10, 15 families not paying for their child’s daycare and someone creates a receipt so that there is a record of payment it would add up fast.

    The person writing the receipts may have just been following orders. The manager could just be a patsy and will take the fall since there is NO way to prosecute it. She will be rewarded in her next government job like Randy.

    I’m sure that they didn’t keep a second set of books as to who paid and who didn’t. It probably started out small with just a few select families and when the person writing the receipts realized what was happening they may have included a few of their friends until all the bubba’s got a free ride.

    That would explain everything. The only person who could verify it would be the person writing the receipts and what would their motivation be?

    Porter would know that there would be absolutely no way the families who didn’t pay would come forward and since there was no money received there is no money trail to follow.

    Welcome to Paradise…