If you have been following the drama about School District CEO Carter Morrison and Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, here is some more.
First, a brief recap:
- On July 31, 2018, a letter was hand delivered to Carter Morrison, School District CFO Superintendent Mark J. Rendell, Ed.D., in which Mr. Morrison was “relieved of your duties.”
- The School District engaged a firm for $ 50,000 to conduct an investigationof Mr. Morrison’s wrongdoings. “…to provide legal services to and behalf of Dr. Mark J. Rendell…,” which were paid for by the SDIRC.
- In a letter hand delivered to Mr. Morrison on November 15, 2018 from Dr. Rendell, Dr. Rendell wrote that “because of your breach of mine and the District’s trust and poor financial judgement, I find it necessary to recommend your transfer to the position of Transportation Coordinator.”
- The transfer of Mr. Morrison was included in the “Consent Agenda” at the November School Board meeting. This was the first meeting for three new School Board members who had only received the investigative report an hour earlier.
- The new School Board members blocked Mr. Morrison’s transfer as a consent item and voted to have it withdrawn from the Consent Agenda and placed on the December 11 meeting as an “Action Item” for discussion.
Now, to more of the drama:
Right before the School Board meeting on the 11th Morrison’s transfer was removed from the agenda entirely and Dr. Rendell indicated Mr. Morrison had been reinstated to his prior position as CFO and that he was to report to work on December 13.
Dr. Rendell indicated it was “in the best interest of the School District.” The Board appeared to agree but without any other clarification or transparency of what occurred between Rendell and Morrison.
On December 12, the day after the Board meeting, and the day before he was to return to work, Mr. Morrison resigned, along with Julianne Pelletier, Director of Finance.
On December 13, the School District posted openings for Mr. Morrison and Ms. Pelletier’s prior positions.
Additionally, the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, who was hired only a few months has resigned.
Does the School District have a Finance Department for their $ 291 million budget?
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