Putting  Change Orders in spreadsheets allows a snapshot of the series of events within each site company specific when new construction or renovations went on.

Here are some duplicates that are interesting:

Why did we pay for a stage curtain at Erie Elementary twice, 1 month apart,to the exact same company for the exact same dollar amount of $3,098?







Same with an ‘exhaust fan’ at the Dakota 9th grade center ;

similar construction terms, 5 months later, exact same dollar amount $2,982.






This one highlights ‘video system …(CV High)..new stadium building ‘   for $41,951, 1 month apart.





Lastly, 2 credits to the FBK company for clean up for $25,000 shown 9 months apart.


One would imagine that the credit is given at the end of the construction, when clean up is  completed. Work continues  in February 2008 such as adding a window sill and installing magnetic door devices.  So credit for$25 K  clean up August 2007, more work in February 2008 and the another $25 K clean up credit in May 2008. This seems odd.


Circling around, the East Detroit school scandal had this going on:

While doing a concrete floor in the commons of an East Detroit school, a cement contractor ran into an underground electrical cable which had to be rerouted before the job could be completed. The cost about $100 k. After the investigation by the FBI, it was discovered that no such cable ever existed.Totally made up reason for a change order. Is the same scenario in Chippewa Valley?

Did any vintage board members catch these dups? Why are the taxpayers footing these “mistakes” and, particularly these duplicate charges?

Why has no media outlet ever investigated in depth the real reason(s) for the $900 million dollar debt?


**** Stay tuned for more on construction company chaos and other  topics of interest.


  • An art term Chiaroscuro (English: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/; Italian: [ˌkjaroˈskuːro]; Italian for lightdark), in art, is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. [Wikipedia]

Such as this work by Gerrit van Honthorst

UPCOMING EVENTS taken from L’Anse Creuse https://www.lc-ps.org/ Front page
 [Operating in the light] Show meeting dates and times:


I have asked the school board President Pyden for the dates that notices were posted as required by  Michigan OMA for the Sub Committee meetings that took place on the following dates:   February 4th, February 25th,  March 4th and  April 29th.

Was the only notice given  on the day the meeting(s) took place as shown on the bottom portion of the agendas noted under “future meetings”?

Regardless if the notices were posted at the CV board office,  posting of these changes in the meeting schedule is  now required  by 15.265 of the OMA on their website. Maybe I missed the link showing the above subcommittee meetings on the CV website.  According to the OMA section below,  any changes to the meeting schedule [ whether they call them Subcommittee or “Special”] must be made public either  3 days after the change is made, or 18 hours before the meeting takes place and made available online:

15.265 Public notice of regular meetings, change in schedule of regular meetings, rescheduled regular meetings, or special meetings; posting; statement of date, time, and place; website; recess or adjournment; emergency sessions; emergency public meeting; meeting in residential dwelling; limitation; notice; duration requirement.

Sec. 5.(1) A meeting of a public body shall not be held unless public notice is given as provided in this section by a person designated by the public body.

(3) If there is a change in the schedule of regular meetings of a public body, there shall be posted within 3 days after the meeting at which the change is made, a public notice stating the new dates, times, and places of its regular meetings.  

 ( and it strongly appears their committees are now meeting very “regularly” )

(4) Except as provided in this subsection or in subsection (6), for a rescheduled regular or a special meeting of a public body, a public notice stating the date, time, and place of the meeting shall be posted at least 18 hours before the meeting in a prominent and conspicuous place at both the public body’s principal office and, if the public body directly or indirectly maintains an official internet presence that includes monthly or more frequent updates of public meeting agendas or minutes, on a portion of the website that is fully accessible to the public. The public notice on the website shall be included on either the homepage or on a separate web page dedicated to public notices for non regularly scheduled public meetings and accessible via a prominent and conspicuous link on the website’s homepage that clearly describes its purpose for public notification of those non regularly scheduled public meetings.

https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/      -No link…………………….

I also question President Pyden on  the ‘operating in the dark’ subcommittee format:

Booth Newspapers, Inc v Univ of Mich Board of Regents: This Court found it significant that the acknowledged purpose of these sub quorum committees …..“The sub quorum groups were utilized or designed to avoid the OMA, and therefore, they constituted a constructive quorum[.]” Therefore, this Court held that, because the board “deliberately divided itself into sub quorum groups to deliberate on public policy, in direct circumvention of the OMA’s objective of promoting openness and accountability in government,” the OMA applied.” By reading the entire opinion and the footnotes one discovers that this problem has been repeatedly been before the courts, and that in most cases the courts have held that the sub quorum meetings were illegal.

And – In some instances public bodies have divided into multiple subcommittees “The practical effect of various interpretations by the courts of the Act is that most activities of sub quorum groups are violations of the Act .(MM League Local Government Law and Practice, 12- 10)

This hasn’t stopped them so far.

Lastly, all discussions must be in the open and be capable of being heard by the public in attendance. [AG’s Open Meetings Handbook.]    For example, the Dakota media center meeting(s) that took place in a far corner whispering  on April 29th, or holding a meeting in a back room of the CV board office[which they have done in the past] , and precludes public participation, would violate OMA.

So, I have asked for the CV board to   provide the page or link on the CV site the future subcommittee meetings will be posted, and the date/time/place of the next subcommittee meeting.


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With the recent cloud of governmental corruption hanging over Macomb County officials and their illicit activities,   one would think the CV board would want to maintain a culture of open government while selecting contractors and assigning contracts worth hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. The word ‘open’  in the Open Meetings Act allows for just that ; a chance for the taxpayers to see where every dollar is being spent, as the CV officials promised.

Approve 2018 Building and Site Check Register in the amounts of:

April 15th- $390.75

April 29th- $27,238.00

May 6th-$61,005.00.

Treasurer Sobah: Wonder how soon and how detailed these approved checks ( and cue the change orders where IMO is a great place for fraud to go on)  will show up on the district’s website, again found here:


What are they hiding? We need to bring every CV district financial action to light.





May 8, 2019

It pays to check out the meeting minutes. https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/boe-agendaminutes/190415_1.pdf MOTION #04/01/19 – Moved by Member Patzert and supported by Member Cardamone to approve the General Consent Agenda to: • Approve Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on March 18, 2019 • Approve General Fund, Food Service, IAM, Childcare, Camps/Clinics Check Register in the amount of […]

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Drywall; Where is it and it’s role in fraud.

April 2, 2019

  NEW!!  The much anticipated check register! I’ll be comparing the approved contracts with what is posted on this site:  https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/our-district/safe-schools-strong-schools/bond-financials/ ———————————————————————————————————————————————— OK. Another spreadsheetdrywall. I’ve extensively covered the odd ordering of  change orders  in the  enlarging of the Wyandot stage in “All the World’s a stage” blog. Here are a few pics of the Wyandot Middle school […]

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Full House Flushers

March 15, 2019

Full House: Three cards of the same suit, and two cards of a different suit. Flush: Five cards of the same suit. Now that we will begin to spend another $97 million dollars on “projects”[this time with a “check register ” found around here somewhere eventually -https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/our-district/safe-schools-strong-schools/building-improvement-list to show us where the money is being spent], it’s timely to look […]

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Manthey Farm purchase and Bond money discussion

February 5, 2019

Macomb Daily Article 2-11-2019 tells of some of the history of the Mantheys, and my quote at the end. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macombdaily.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fcouple-leaves-acres-of-farmland-to-chippewa-valley-schools%2Farticle_f266530c-2d75-11e9-8207-f739a4aa935f.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2ude0VC-HWOeLBzGIQPLIvlWDRKhx-MYQNn4_zi0tA6eeNRszyY3rzkTI&h=AT2-LslnkCm-Pd4X4w9qSEWvVu5yP_jjzDL1HMEiN6XMBzzjxVqXnu8QrrCQKifd5-ludnoJH-0hKd-WNV73990q8V06Tmbtf4AUMqEkNfUihCttwuuo-Ry24jUSZUGw3l17aRyAkFHX6-iebzDH47zsd4OoWpBlIZn4VlOt I taped the 2-4-2019 board meeting-some rather important parts anyway… gotta love cell phones. If this is so exciting for the Chippewa Valley residents of the district, why not tape and broadcast their meetings? I […]

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Country wide Investigation-using fear to sell school bonds

January 30, 2019

  Chippewa Valley is not alone. I am quoted in this Real Clear investigations report about School districts around the country using fear of potential violence to sell bonds.     By Steve Miller, RealClearInvestigations The Chippewa Valley school district in suburban Detroit didn’t retreat in 2017 after voters overwhelmingly defeated its proposal to borrow […]

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All the World’s a (Wyandot) Stage.

December 12, 2018

UPDATE: NEW Document- A line taken from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. The Wyandot Middle School stage was the focus of quite a few change orders in July 2006 and again in January 2007 relating to it’s “enlargement”. Roughly $253,000 in change orders.Why are these questions still  relevant years later? There have been  recent instances  of […]

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Bond -a -POOOL00ZA!!

August 24, 2018

We have now added $97 million dollars to the existing $477 million dollar debt. We will await the promised website to track the “spending”. Forget viewing the meetings. They will never do it themselves. You  have to get in your car and ride down Cass. Ave. to the board office to see  the meeting for […]

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August 23, 2018

Let’s look at the 2018 Audit by Plant Moran of Chippewa Valley finances: A $ 35 million dollar difference from when the Ballot was prepared. November 6th 2018 ballot proposal $442 million dollars of debt.       An article from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.   https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/59-percent-say-no-to-school-tax-hike-18-months-later-its-back [One parent was bothered that Chippewa Valley requested that […]

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If this Bond Does Not Pass…Education will still go on……..

August 22, 2018

What happens if the 2018 Chippewa Valley bond does not pass? We will still have safe and strong schools. Here’s why: The Michigan 2019 K-12 School Aid Budget just passed includes a funding increase of between $120 and $240 per student. This budget also sets aside $58 million for school safety.  This includes money for […]

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MI DEPT OF TREASURY (didn’t want us to know)

August 20, 2018

Why would the Michigan Department of Treasury want to keep the Chippewa Valley bond application a secret from the voters for 4 months? They denied 2 of my Freedom of Information Act requests  while they had a document fitting the description of my request in their possession.The Treasury has done the voters of this district a […]

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It’s Going to Be an Epic [MRA] year.

April 3, 2018

An Epic year. November 2017 something interesting happened. I received a phone call from a research firm inviting me to an event. It was to test if voters would support a bond (or repackaged as a sinking fund) if placed on the November 2018 ballot.       I scoured the meeting minutes looking for any discussions […]

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Out of Order Change Orders Part II ~Fire pumps Plural

January 22, 2018

More spread sheets arranged by Company and Site[ Again, Not alleging any wrongdoing by any named Companies; just asking questions] This company has many change orders out of sequence ; duplicate numbers: 2 –#6’s, 2-7’s,2- 8’s, 2-9’s           The  electrical company in the following spread sheet has one major change order out of […]

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Seneca Middle School Storm Piping [ Drain Commission Vs DPW ]

January 11, 2018

  Back in late 2008 after spotting this Change order in the December 2005  summary, a change ordered by the “Drain Commission” for the sum of $ 55,470.00, I submitted a standard FOIA to the DPW (AKA drain commission) looking for the name of the inspector and any other info on this.   I received […]

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Dirt and Pipes

December 10, 2017

Dirt: It seems some of the 2004  bond project sites had really bad dirt; unstable and improper. One would think soil testing would have gone on by the engineering firm/Barton Malow before any project was begun. Boiler plated  language is really apparent here on this spreadsheet: BadDirt   ———————————————————————– Pipes:Change orders relating to gas pipe on top of […]

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O-O-O- Extra Manholes-O-O-O

November 16, 2017

Extra manholes. Did we pay for one extra of each highlighted size?  The contract was between the Department of Public works and the named company with Chippewa Valley listed as the developer.     supporting documents.  

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Out of Order Change Orders

November 10, 2017

Just asking questions and my Disclaimer: In no way do my comments/observations  posted on these informational spreadsheets allege or accuse the companies listed of any wrongdoing. These spreadsheets consist of company specific change orders pulled from the monthly  summaries approved by the CV board. We can assume the numbers to the immediate left of the change […]

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7 Reasons Why Not.

September 15, 2017

It seems ‘bond’ was the very last topic discussed during the (Board Workshop) meeting that took place on August 14, 2017. The minutes . Is the plan to come back for less money (say 65 million, so it sounds less expensive) in February, 2018 when they think the voters aren’t watching? The glossy flyer sent out pre- election by the […]

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Back to Business

May 4, 2017

Thanks to all who got out to vote. Now that the May 2, 2017 tax increase has been overwhelmingly defeated, we can get back to the business of tracking where some of the 1/2 billion dollars has gone. Even with every tactic the school board and administrators threw at this proposal, the savvy voters still weren’t buying […]

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2017 BOND PROJECT SHEETS a.k.a.Dream a little ($89 million) Treasury dream…..

February 4, 2017

NEW!  READ the Tuesday May 2, 2017 Ballot HERE:       CVBallot52017 It  has very precise wording as mandated by a change in the law that happened  based on Chippewa Valley’s bad borrowing practices. Financial experts have crunched the numbers  The .5 mills will not be enough to pay off the $ 89 million dollars on […]

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$472 Million Reasons to Vote No………..

January 22, 2017

      The Chippewa Valley school district in Clinton Township, Michigan, has a $472 million debt, and has spent $257 million dollars in the last 12 year for “construction” and “tech “updates. Now Chippewa Valley Schools wants to borrow $89 million more  and stick it to the taxpayers yet again. They want to hold a general- […]

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November 29, 2016

UPDATE :  The Chippewa Valley school board has just voted YES  on the Resolution to Approve Application for Preliminary Qualification of Bonds. Here are two sets of documents relating to the current bond proposal and previous bonds: 1.) These show that they will  borrow [ scan0026] $31,543,200 from the State, and other various financial documents. Will they shop for […]

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