After reading the piece in The Daily Star on Saturday about the Tangipahoa Parish school deficit I have a suggestion for Financial Officer Brett Schnadelbach and the school board. Do more than put rumors to rest. Prove the school system has money problems with an outside audit. I said outside not in house. One should never let the fox count the chickens; only country bumpkins do that.
Archive for November, 2010
It seems Louisiana’s newspapers are not the only ones who stand idly by while local government officials steal with impunity.
Someone named “swarley” asked it again in an online comment appended to an Oct. 24 editorial about the long and disgraceful tenure of former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul:
“. . . the worst element in this sordid scandal was the lack of a decent newspaper, which would have investigated the claims, had it not been so busy whistling a happy tune and sitting on its butt . . . for more than a decade, you guys failed to live up to your name, or your responsibilities. You ignored what was going on, you endorsed the crooks every time they were up for re-election . . . At what point are we going to see an expose of how poorly The Pee Dee handled its watchdog responsibilities?”
Here’s a story that we had thought about writing for quite a while. Louisiana Voice’s Tom Aswell beat us to it. He’s done a thorough job and it is a must read. You’ll never see this written in The (Baton Rouge) Advocate, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune or any of the state’s Gannett papers.
Here’s a sound business plan that’s sure to attract shrewd investors in today’s competitive real estate market: Construct four apartment buildings containing 39 one- and two-bedroom units of an average size of 800-900 square feet each.
Throw in about $74,136.46 in free furniture and locate the $4.4 million apartment complex on prime property with scenic views of the Mississippi River on one side and the majestic Louisiana State Capitol building on the other. As a final inducement, offer the units for an average monthly rent of about $310, utilities included (sorry, no cable TV). Add two units assigned to a special VIP who pays $3,268 per month for 2,964 square feet, and the average monthly rent balloons to a whopping $368 per occupant.
Tangipahoa Parish School’s chief financial officer is projecting a $10 million deficit next year.
“I want to put the rumors to rest,” Brett Schnadelbach recently told school officials. “It is not true we have enough money already in the school system.”
Tangipahoa Parish is the only district in the state without a districtwide millage for operations, he said.
If the proposed parishwide school tax passes, Schnadelbach said 3 mills will be sufficient to cover funding of existing bonds, and the rest will be used to fund the desegregation plan. All other millages that individual districts are currently paying for education will be eliminated.
The chancellor of Southern University has resigned. Chancellor Kofi Lomotey put in his notice just a few hours ago.
Although the news is big, it is not surprising for a few. Some people have been expecting the word for weeks. The board of supervisors met in New Orleans on the eve of the Bayou Classic and before it could announce its annual performance review of the chancellor, sources said he submitted a letter of resignation.