Monday, November 2, 2009

How many SPLOST pennies does it take to make $644,150?

Tonight the school board is supposed to vote to replace Pat Pope and her team (?) with a team of 26 consultants to the tune of $644,150 through December 11.

The cost will be substantial, however. The school board will be asked tonight to pay a team of 26 Jacobs and Parsons workers $644,150 to oversee projects through Dec. 11. Projected at that rate, the work would cost DeKalb schools more than $5.5 million over 52 weeks.

The top monthly compensation rates under the contract are $24,000 for Colman’s services; $25,115 for program executive W. Bruce Carminati; $27,951 for design manager Carlton Parker; $24,000 for senior project manager George Lentz; and $22,000 for construction manager Chuck Herman.

Excuse me? I know they are "relieving" Pat Pope of her SPLOST operations responsibilities, but doesn't DCSS have a full staff of salaried people who are supposed to be able to do this?

Hopefully, we will learn a little more about that at tonight's meeting.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting.

Ms. Woods had many questions today that she wanted to address to the interum (Ms. Coleman). It was embarassing.

Ms. Woods also was concerned about a stapler being on the wrong place on her Human Relation Report. Picky, Picky, Picky.

I was embarassed again by race being discussed by a school board member regarding what group of attorneys name was being used. It was embarassing as a citizen of Dekalb County.

Anonymous said...

"The top monthly compensation rates under the contract are $24,000 for Colman’s services; $25,115 for program executive W. Bruce Carminati; $27,951 for design manager Carlton Parker; $24,000 for senior project manager George Lentz; and $22,000 for construction manager Chuck Herman."

First of all, that's over $1000 PER DAy for these freaking idiots.

Secondly, they better be working ten hour days for this ridiculous money. I'm going to park my car across the Sam Moss Center every friday until this contract runs out in December, and see what time Colman, Carminati, parker, Lentz and Herman leave work. You better not sneak out early on Fridays like all other Sam Moss staffers do. Not when you clowns are making $1000 PER DAY!

Thank you, Dekalb County Board of Education members, for using taxpayer dollars to pay five different people $1000 per day. And thank you for directing more resources away from the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Is the contract between DeKalb and Jacobs and Parsons available online?

Cerebration said...

The only documents available are at "Atlanta Unfiltered" - where Jim Walls has written a story on the subject.

DK Schools Replacing Pat Pope

While you're there - please make a donation to the cause of Atlanta Unfiltered - these files cost money - via the Freedom of Information Act - and copying costs as well as research time.

As far as I can tell, this latest amount is an "amendment" to a contract already in effect, called the Master Agreement for Project Management Services.

Cerebration said...

So much money for attorney's fees - so little left for flags --

From Heneghan's Dunwoody blog -

Every day students all across this country start their day with a common morning ritual; they stand up, face the flag, put their hands over their hearts, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. There's just one glitch to this tradition at Dunwoody Elementary. There are no American Flags in the classrooms! This brand-new, state of the art facility was not equipped with any flags. As a result, students recite the pledge while facing an internet picture, a small desktop flag, or a blank wall (where the "pretend" the flag is hanging). ...

Dunwoody Mom said...

Did Arabia Mountain get flags?

Cerebration said...

Don't know -- do they stand and say the pledge in high school? When I was a kid in Catholic school, we said the pledge, followed directly with the Hail Mary, which to this day I have to consciously stop myself from doing after the pledge.

Anonymous said...

We say the pledge every day in High School.
And have a moment of silence.


But really...with no paper, no working copier, ancient computers, even older textbooks, leaking roofs, moldy floors and eSIS down again...
Perhaps a picture of a flag to pledge is OK.
Or maybe some civic organization would like to donate some flags?

Cerebration said...

Actually, that is apparently what they are doing-

In conjunction with Veteran's Day, the Dunwoody PTO kicked off its campaign to supply an American Flag for each of the 60 classrooms at Dunwoody Elementary. The students created a variety of writings including poems, essays, letters, and even a cheer. The writings will be forwarded to various veterans and civic organizations asking them to make contributions to help pay for the flags.


Go to Heneghan's blog (link above) to get more info to make a donation.