I am a candidate for school board …again.  I am the fiscal and educational conservative choice

I started this dot org in 2007 to bring transparency to the inner (mainly financial) workings of the Chippewa Valley school district. I have tracked frivolous spending on food and gifts, tried to expose where some of the $500+ million has gone [I don’t believe all of it has gone into these school buildings], and even informed parents about which supplies school districts have to provide.

The  current school board members [ Remember Incumbents Sobah and Aquino on November 6th; VOTE THEM OUT ] do not seem to be worried about the massive existing debt because they are coming after us for more,  claiming these schools aren’t safe. Playing on fear of school violence, they are going to tell you they need millions more to make them safer.

Let’s look at some of the claims found in this letter sent to district parents:

  1. “School safety is Important”. Certainly, but in this letter to parents, they state that their “Security analysis found the district has kept up with security and safety best practices”.  They just negated their entire claim of needing 97 million dollars because the schools are unsafe.
  2. “If passed this proposal would not cost you one extra penny”. The November ballot clearly states that the “estimated average annual millage that will be required to retire these bonds is 1.53 mills. ($1.53 per $1,000 of taxable value) Could they come after us for increased mills like they did with the forced .99 mill  in 2014 because they could not pay down the debt fast enough? The current senior in high school will be 42 years old by the time this would be paid off   Is this a gamble the taxpayers should be taking?                                                                                                                                                                 My summer tax portion of $1,042 paid to Chippewa Debt seen in this document will be extended by 8 years until 2044 = $8,336. So yes, we will be paying many extra pennies, just added on at the end.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    3. “Every dollar spent will be tracked and available on a public website to ensure taxpayers dollars are spent wisely” Never happening.

In the age of tech and social media, the current school board still refuses to tape and broadcast their meetings. I attended a meeting no too long ago, and much to my surprise they were holding their building and site meeting way in the back somewhere, hiding from the public. Hiding what?

This needs to change.

Grace S Caporuscio    A Conservative Choice.

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Project Sheets 2018

August 23, 2018 · 0 comments

UPDATE: Not a full house tonite for the Dakota Safe schools strong schools town hall. Maybe 20 attendees; 6 of those were staff members and 2 running the projector. But why no interest?

BIG DEBT ; NO BOND. Tell Ron No bond 2.0

How do we dream up ways to spend 97 million dollars?? Remember who makes up these “project “sheets.  Barton Malow and Wakely Assoc.  work on a no-bid basis and make$$$ millions and millions off these “projects” . Take a look at the allowable uses for Bond money before browsing the lists. They finely craft the wording. For the last bond attempt just over 1 year ago, Ron Roberts Tweeted they needed to fill potholes in the parking lots. Bond money usage  restrictions say you can’t do that. So instead they’ll claim they need to “replace” huge sections. Barely anything on these lists are for increasing “school safety”.  $500 Door locks? Where are they shopping for these things? Cameras, which they already have. The safety topic was dreamed up to help package the rest of the fake stuff and get this back on the ballot. Notice the proposed year format.

Here is a link to BLUEPOINT  safety alert system which is mentioned in these project sheets:  https://www.bluepointalert.com/education/

Not very expensive but packaged with the other extraneous items. They could install just this feature with the 2 million dollars still left from the last bond. Why hasn’t it been done already?

Here we go, not in any particular order: Mohegan, Admin Bldg, Little Turtle and Maintenance.

 

 

 

Next: Chippewa Valley & Dakota High and 9th Grade Centers:

 

 

 

Middle Schools Seneca, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wyandot:

 

 

 

 

Elementary schools South of Hall rd.:

 

 

 

Elementary Schools North of Hall rd.:

 

 

 

 

ENJOY! More to come….

 

 

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

August 23, 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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All the World’s a (Wyandot) Stage.

October 30, 2017

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. Here are the original monthly change order   summaries :           Putting these contractor’s […]

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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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Tell RON No BOND

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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97 million big ones

August 6, 2018

Just as predicted: Here’s the November ballot. Your school district is looking for 97 million dollars:  Read carefully: First year zero; after that The simple average will be 1.53 Let’s take Dakota Project sheet for an example( the rest coming very soon…) They want to sink 10 million dollars into Dakota High school: Fun things […]

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Here it comes….

July 13, 2018

http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/boe-agendaminutes/180716.pdf MOTION #07/05/18 – Moved by Member Bednard and supported by Member DeMuynck Zech that the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education approve the Application for Preliminary Qualification of Bonds and its submission to the Michigan Department of Treasury for a final determination that the proposed capital improvement projects included in the application are preliminarily […]

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