The  MISD in conjunction with school districts around the county want more….more of your money. They are proposing a 1.9 mill vote for more cash FOR 10 YEARS!!! . In a money wasting OFF CYCLE election to be held March 20, 2020.

First I’d like to know where the items we are paying for really are, such as this sidewalk both CV and MISD paid for in November 2005. (That I cant seem to find)

Again, there is no statute of limitation on fraud.

A June 2005 Letter from Anderson, Ekstein, and Westrick tells macomb Township “Nope not interested in a sidewalk along 24 mile Rd. Wont benefit our students.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2005 2 change orders paid from CV and MISD monies totaling $6,500 goes to a company, paraphrasing here, “to install a sidewalk along 24 mile road”

So where is it? 

 

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In case anyone living in the school district has missed this the news, this has been ongoing between parents and the Superintendent and board.

 MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Macomb County Dakota High School dad is apologizing to the school for an incident after his son’s team beat his alma mater, Chippewa Valley High School, where he played and was the team captain in the late 1980s.He says he did it to show support for his son and teammates. The dad, who doesn’t want to be named, says he set a poor example and takes full responsibility.After the game on Nov. 1, when the team had returned to their school he put his Chippewa Valley varsity jacket on the ground and set it on fire.He wrote in a letter to the coach and team, “I got caught up in my excitement and through this would be funny or motivating to the players. Shame on me.”Dakota upset Chippewa Valley 34-13 in the game. The Dakota High School coach was suspended before the next playoff game with Sterling Heights Stevenson and lost 38-35 on Nov. 8.The coach was told he did not do enough to protect his players. There’s no indication the coach or the players had anything to do with the incident.

https://www.wxyz.com/news/macomb-dakota-football-coach-suspended-after-parent-burned-chippewa-valley-jacket

Michigan coach suspended after player's father burned opposing letter jacket

and now this continued controversy:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2019/11/19/parents-say-dakota-high-school-football-players-are-being-bullied-over-a-viral-video-showing-burning-of-varsity-jacket/

https://www.macombdaily.com/news/local/hundreds-protest-suspension-of-dakota-football-coach/article_d7a46c0e-04be-11ea-8e65-bb7b06cc204f.html

Never saw the board office standing room only. Never.Happens….only when  parents are riled about something.

Here is video of the 11-18-2019 board meeting where the Super talks for about 5 minutes ( not on the agenda) and the a parent rep. for all of the parents and players speaks:

https://youtu.be/YywrUrIwrd4

President Pyden asks several questions of parent:https://youtu.be/QI9sBXBomEo?fbclid=IwAR353UOI1U0_xlt-4TEA_wM1mycPNoYQy5b9CphKwc-RUbp65BAVkoRowxc

 

Channel 4 coverage of meeting:https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM_rdNeBVlWsQoSkbu9QEGcTepf2-UdJS63I3dRrJOhP2C9X0HT8B2r4K94nNYBbA?key=TEVjcW1JTTFPc1JINVUweGhjYmpoX2oxVEFjUHln

Highlights from the videos:

  • The parent states the school board has an Anti- bullying policy. Several board members have  bullied parents themselves ( not the newest members) including me. Mr Sobah claimed I was the ” cancer of the community’ when asking about expenditures of the board. Mrs Aquino herself invited me to “Not put any of my kids at her schools” if i did not like what was going on…( at Mohawk/Dakota) I wouldn’t expect any sort of action on bullying knowing this.
  • A  non-named school board member writes a scathing email to one of the parents.He invites the Parent” not to vote for him” or something along those lines. Very odd. Why is an elected official contacting any parents outside the realm of the entire board. Isn’t that the “what not to do 101” of elected board members?
  • Mr.Roberts would never meet with any group when it’s too easy to mix up his words with too many witnesses; he tries to get them to promise not to come to the board meeting where all could hear the parents of the players in public. PR nightmare.
  • President Pyden carefully questions the parent,probably to make sure the entire board is not implicated in the scathing Email by a singular board member.
  • Could it be they are trying to get rid of Coach Bauer so they  want to bring back the Coach from DeLasalle High. ( where they are having a hazing scandal. Dakota had football players hazing incidents under the same  coach in 2007 or 2008 ( Can not remember the exact year it happened)
  • Maybe we need to break away  all of the schools North of hall road from control of Clinton Township based board office.
  • More to come on this……..stay tuned……

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Grass and (more) Grass

November 10, 2019

There’s a smoking battle over grass , Aunt Mary, gangster, boom, ganja, pot, marijuana, [or whatever the up- to- date lingo is used these days] going on. Pun intended. It’s serious if it makes it easier for school aged children to get their hands on it. I was asked to speak at this meeting, but I could not make it. […]

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Is it a Seneca -DPW [Drain Commission] Storm Pipe Double-Deal?

September 12, 2019

 COMING SOON! FRESH TOPICS:Marijuana debate between Townships and school districts; performance report cards; school safety.  __________________________________ This is the first big ‘project scenario’  change line item I  started asking questions about in 2008: Contract is between Chippewa Valley school ( Barton Malow manager) and DPW [A>K>A the term Drain commission is used in the Change Order; […]

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Burning Ring of Fire(Rated Walls)

September 4, 2019

Johnny Cash…best song ever. Fits this current topic; one I  had not posted about before, but here it is. There are some of the same types of questions surrounding this scenario as the others. FIRE WALL Change orders: Sequoyah Elementary school, Dakota 9th Grade Center and Seneca Middle School, All 3 schools planned for the 2004 bond; […]

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Occam’s Razor

August 27, 2019

So who is  William of Occam? Actually Occam (or Ockham) is a town in England where William of Occam was born. William lived from about 1285 to 1349, a philosopher and a Franciscan monk. In the 800-plus years since Friar William laid down his maxim, logicians have turned it into a rule: Occam’s razor simply states that of any given […]

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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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NEW! All the World’s a (Wyandot) Stage.

December 12, 2018

UPDATE: NEW info Added – 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 $278,000 in change orders.Why are these questions still  relevant years later? There have been  recent instances  […]

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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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SAFE SCHOOLS STRONG SCHOOLS PROPOSAL *NEW* NOW $477 million reasons to vote NO!

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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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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