I am watching the video of the School Board meeting from last night [12/11/18]. I have one question for the Board: where is the transparency?
So Carter Morrison is welcomed back on Thursday but the public has NO idea how this situation was handled. Also, how does sending Carter back into a hostile work environment without confronting the root of the problem equate to a win?
1. What was the pressing issue that caused Dr. Rendell to send Carter Morrison home immediately, suspend him with pay and remain home for over 5 months?
2. How much did tax payers pay for Carter to be home WITH pay for all of those months? What was the total cost including salary, investigation and other costs relating to this situation?
3. If Carter is coming back to work, how exactly is this issue being resolved?
4. If the issue IS resolved? How? When? And where did this occur? The Board is governed by Sunshine law so how could the Board discuss and agree on the situation without the public witnessing it? Where is the transparency that you all promised tax payers? Tax payers have a right to know because they are footing the bill.
5. Why is the Board thanking Dr. Rendell for “letting” Carter come back? Where is the discussion on Dr. Rendell’s actions and accusations?
6. Where is the discussion on the information that exonerated Carter? How does that information affect the District going forward?
7. How does Dr. Rendell and the Board plan to restore Carter’s reputation after being publicly defamed and accused of mismanagement of funds?
8. Where is the public apology to Carter from Dr. Rendell? Where is the showing of the Board holding Dr. Rendell accountable?
9. Why does the Board see sending Carter back into a hostile work environment as a win? Also, how does the Board plan to change the climate of the District by addressing this situation?
10. How can Dr. Rendell and the Board assure tax payers that fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement of funds will not happen again? What changes has been made to the District’s financial practices and procedures?
The Carter Morrison situation has been a long, drawn out, semi-public process which shows the climate and culture of our district.
Our Chief Financial Officer was publicly humiliated and defamed for months.
Our Board had the perfect opportunity to confront the issue head on and establish a new precedent of transparency, zero tolerance for bullying.
That did not happen last night. What we saw was business as usual. A bunch of thanks/cheering for nothing and welcoming our CFO back to a toxic environment. However, no discussion on how to remedy the toxicity. Something has to change if we want to retain quality employees.
Confronting issues is ugly. Solving problems is ugly. Getting our district on track will not be easy. But we’ve got to stop talking about organizational charts and other fluff and focus on our climate/culture, being fiscal responsible and increasing transparency and accountabilty.
None of that is fun, but they all knew what they signed up for when they ran for their positions. Citizens, your voice is needed to hold our Board accountable. Our students’ education, district’s future and our tax dollars are at stake.
I am disappointed, to say the least.
Merchon Green was a candidate for School District of Indian River County School Board, District 2. Ms. Green is an attorney and founded Pioneering Change, a Gifford-based organization dedicated to empowering our community and its citizens.