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Posted: February 20th, 2013

270370_109734372453178_3216495_nLast night, the Millcreek School Board met with auditors to discover that on-leave superintendent Michael Golde allegedly ordered the business manager to bump $5 million from the capital fund to the operating budget in July and return it in October, according to Terry Scutella. Assistant superintendent William Hall didn’t believe Golde knew he did anything wrong. Hmm.

This is still clear as mud.

What is clear: Felix & Gloeckler — professional accountants — revealed a lot of ugly truths — the district was short on income and long on expenses — by millions. And the board didn’t know any of that or about the $5 million transfer. Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News reported from the meeting last night that district officials hadn’t filed some financial reports since May of 2012. How does a board make financial decisions without financial reports?

News from the meeting direct from Sean McCracken’s Twitter feed Tuesday night:
“Auditors say the board needs to be aware that the district could potentially have a budget shortfall for the end of the current school year.
Board member Michael Palermo asked business manager Linnea Lincoln what will be different in the next budget after this audit report. Her response: What you’ll see is true honest numbers with me using my own advice and guidance that was previously not accepted.
Accountant Jim Gloekler said he disagreed with district administrators about their budget projections.”
Read McCracken’s full story here.
My money’s on the professional accountants at Felix & Gloeckler. The administration’s record, dating back to 2003, has a lot of bookkeeping blunders with taxpayer money.

Here are a few examples:

Last year, the Erie Times News, in an editorial, cited Pennsylvania Auditor Gen. Jack Wagner’s report that Maryann Anderson “grossly abused her position” by spending $91,873 in special education funds on gift cards for employee incentives. The report also criticized sloppy record-keeping for $341,140 in special education spending between 2003 and 2006.

Wagner’s report went to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania departments of education and welfare, the state Office of the Budget and the U.S. departments of education and health and human services.

That’s not good.

In 2007, Thomas J. Maciulewicz Jr., a former McDowell Intermediate High School principal, sold school property on eBay — a lot of property — about 47 items. He padded his principal’s income with an additional $18,430. He also used gift cards.

Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News also reported early this week that the Millcreek School board realized it needs a “community-minded” administrator. We need more than that — it’s time we find leaders who know how to watch the cookie jar and treat taxpayers with respect.  My vote goes to Felix & Gloeckler.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three — all graduates of McDowell High School.  

 

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Posted: June 23rd, 2012

Monday — MTSD school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Education Center. Here is the district Facebook page www.facebook.com/mcdowellproject. About 71 people like the page.

Wednesday, June 27, and every Wednesday in July at 7 p.m. –  No New McDowell group www.facebook.com/no.mcdowell, which has 341 people who like the page, will meet at the West Ridge South Fire Station at Sterrettania and Grubb roads. No meeting July 4.
Thursday — MTSD school board meeting 7 p.m. at the Education Center. This is the formal board meeting where you must request time to speak. Call ahead at 814-835-5300.

There are now 11 different presentations on the Millcreek Township School District website for plans to consolidate McDowell and the intermediate school into one building with the demolition of McDowell included in the plans. Sean McCracken, of the Erie Times-News, notes the project, which includes the construction of a new Gus Anderson Field on the east side of Caughey Road, is estimated to cost between $98 million and $104 million.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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Posted: June 22nd, 2012

The land ighthouse will be open to tours benefiting the Erie Playhouse’s Youtheatre program this summer. Almitra Clerkin, executive director of the Erie Playhouse, was leading tours of the lighthouse Wednesday night. See a video tour of the lighthouse by Greg Wohlford here. Sean McCracken interviewed her for a story in the Erie Times-News — read it here, and this is the second year of this fundraiser for the playhouse. Last year, the tours raised $4,500 for the playhouse’s youth program. Clerkin said the lighthouse was  replaced by the 68-foot Presque Isle Lighthouse, partially because Presque Isle continued to grow eastward, blocking a direct view into the lake. Tours of the lighthouse also will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, then again July 7, 8, 20 and 21 and August 18 and 19. Tickets are $5 per person.
Erie Maritime Museum is hosting narrated tours of Erie’s three historic lighthouses on June 30.

Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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Posted: June 17th, 2012

Here are updates on the McDowell consolidation issue:

The school board has a link to a new report and second opinion from Stantec — a presentation that took place June 11. Here’s the link. There are now 11 different presentations on the Millcreek Township School District website. Here’s a link to all of them. Sean McCracken, in a Tuesday article in the Erie Times-News, notes the project, which includes the construction of a new Gus Anderson Field on the east side of Caughey Road, is estimated to cost between $98 million and $104 million.

McCracken called attention to the Facebook pages where people are commenting.
www.facebook.com/mcdowellproject has comments about plans to merge McDowell Senior High School and McDowell Intermediate High School.  It includes a list of committee meetings. About 64 people liked the page.
www.facebook.com/no.mcdowell has more than 300 friends who do not want to tear down McDowell. The site calls attention to a group meeting of the No New McDowell team Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Township building. Here are the upcoming finance, operations and personnel meetings Monday — the board meets again June 28.
06/18/12 Mon
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06/28/12 Thu

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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