Momentum is what this Board should be about.
Thursday’s workshop on responsibilities had some interesting observations which should be implemented.
One thing my Board did not do was to exercise its power to directly challenge the Superintendent on lack of action.
With many possible examples the best was the case of the Chief Information Officer committing the crime of Bid Rigging.
Till the Terrible absolutely refused to fire the man, permitting him to continue (even after the Superintendent’s own dismissal) to hand out no-bid contracts and take vendor paid trips and even represent vendors such as IBM in published articles, speeches and more.
All of it paid for by the vendor of course.
Notter of course, did absolutely nothing either.
At least not until he himself got caught up in the CIO’s vendor paid trip scheme.
Oh, and if Hammerhead and Score Keeper want real connections to Board members, try Abe Fischler, who remains to this day on the board of directors of CELT, the technology company that kept getting no bid work from Till the Terrible.
It was the vendor paid CELT trip that caught both Notter and Vijay Sonty (the aforementioned CIO) with their hands in the travel Till (pun absolutely intended.)
Readers of Watching Broward will remember the e-mails I published last year showing that Till the Terrible was actually warning Sonty that Board members and people in the industry were on to him.
Again boys, I get to name names and events while you two self proclaimed “heroes” can’t.
The fix is twofold.
The first would be a policy drafted by the Board that would require a Superintendent to hold a disciplinary hearing for the manager within two weeks of a serious complaint.
Remember, this would not be about simple things like constantly showing up late for work, but for possible criminal activities which must be resolved quickly.
The perfect example still remains:
That example would be Ruben Parker, who was removed as Transportation Chief in late 2009 with charges still unresolved to this day.
Swept under the rug? Not likely but try telling that to the public.
For those who actually remember, all they see is nothing getting done.
Issues like Parker’s must be resolved quickly and decisively, something that’s been lacking in the past.
Another example of Jim Notter’s inability to hold subordinates accountable?
You bet. Along with the previous Board’s inability to hold the Superintendent accountable.
That makes the second part of the fix, to be included in the same policy would also require the Board itself to conduct a public hearing on the Superintendent should he or she fail to follow the policy.
The Board should also place a new provision in future contracts with Superintendents permitting immediate termination of the contract for cause should the individual fail to resolve the issue of a corrupt employee.
There is hope.
This new Board did a great job when it stepped on the “good old boy network,” reversed course and stopped Ed Marko cold.
It’s quite obvious that once the subject of a new review of Jim Notter’s performance (read: vote of confidence) came up, the support for him wasn’t there.
Unlike his predecessor, Notter chose to do the right thing.
The district has never seen this kind of change.
After all, it’s all about momentum.