Here it comes….

July 13, 2018 · 0 comments

http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/boe-agendaminutes/180716.pdf

MOTION #07/04/18 – Moved by Member Aquino and supported by member Sobah that the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education approve the appointment of Mr. Walter Kozlowski to the position of Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Mr. Kozlowski’s effective start date will be July 17, 2018. Ayes, all. Motion carried. 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 qualified under the Michigan School Bond Qualification and Loan Program and the reading of the application be waived. Ayes, all. Motion carried.

MOTION #07/06/18 – Moved by Member Sobah and supported by Member Aquino that the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education approve the Preliminary School Loan Revolving Fund Application and Resolution and that the reading of the application and resolution be waived. Ayes, all. Motion carried.

As predicted, here comes the board with another bond attempt. Still no word on where the 1/2 billion dollars has gone???

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Here is the new Chippewa Valley audit for 2016/17.Scroll to the last page:

http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/business-audit/financial_report_with_supp_-_chippewa_valley_schools-0617-final.pdf

Still 424 million dollars in debt.

There’s a new twist on the “How can we get the voters on board for millions more”. Scare tactics: A telephone town hall will be held to tell us what millions more are need to be spent to make sure our kids are safe. Glossy flyers went out to residents alerting them they will receive a phone call if their number is on file ,which I’m sure weren’t cheap, as well as this Email to parents/guardians:

Dear Chippewa Valley Schools families,   Keeping our students safe has never been more important.
Our top priority at Chippewa Valley Schools is the safety of our students, staff and families. With that in mind, we recently conducted a building-by-building assessment of security across Chippewa Valley Schools.  The results showed we are doing many things well on student safety, and that more can and should be done.Our district works hard to keep pace with best practices for school safety. The nature of school safety continues to evolve and our district must continue to adapt. Again, our number one priority is providing a safe learning environment for all our children.That’s why I am writing to invite you to a school security tele-town hall on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.A tele-town hall is much like an in-person town hall, but is conducted over the phone. If we have your phone number, you will receive a call on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from expert speakers on school security, including local law enforcement, and ask questions. Tele-town hall speakers will include:
• Ron Roberts, Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent
• Brian Smilnak, Security Consultant and Architect for Wakely Associates, Inc.
• Beth Pyden, Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education President
• Anthony Wickersham, Macomb County Sheriff
If you doubt our district has your current phone number, please email it to Diane Blain atdblain@cvs.k12.mi.us and we will add you to our list. In addition, for those without phone numbers on file with the district, we will be conducting in-person meetings on this very important topic throughout the summer and into fall. I encourage you to join us for our upcoming tele-town hall. As always, it is an honor serving as your superintendent. Sincerely, Ron Roberts, Superintendent
Chippewa Valley Schools
(586) 723-2240

Why is the district architect Wakely Assoc. involved? [other than to package a safety bond to the voters,from which they greatly profit .]

The school board was polling folks in February to see if they could get a bond passed if they did not raise the mills, just simply tacked 10 more years on to the end of a new bond….stunning.

We need to find out who is behind this push to try to keep indebting the taxpayers of this district. As I’ve maintained for years, is it the contractors who profit from millions of change orders, the architect, board members  or county connection?  Is there a link somehow to the Macomb County corruption probe?Now that trials for the Macomb County corrupt public figures have started, maybe we’ll be getting answers in the next few weeks.

Again, what safety measures could possibly be needed that were not implemented with the $89 million dollars from 2010??

Homework for Next week Tuesday: Listen  for  $$ clues that they are coming for more of your tax dollars when you tune in to the Town hall.

 

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Playground Merry-Go-Round

May 22, 2018

Time for  new topic: playgrounds. I’ll leave these 2 documents here until I can add the supporting documents and more commentary at a later date. This one is a compilation of some change orders relating to the co-operative with the MISD and Chippewa Valley’s Sequoyah Elementary school:     Yellow Highlighted were paid by the MISD; […]

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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.   Scan0028  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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Dream a little ($89 million) Treasury dream…..

February 4, 2017

———————————————————————————–  1st topic-2004 Bond~ A cool million and 15k square feet. ————————————————————————————————— 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 […]

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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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