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ESL school officials drop like flies
« on: September 01, 2011, 08:41:34 pm »
ESL school officials drop like flies
By James Ingram | Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am

Well, school board officials are dropping like flies at East St. Louis School District 189.

In early August, after winning a controversial and contested school board seat, Khalil El-Amin resigned, less than four months into his four-year term, amid accusations of being a convicted heroin dealer when he answered to the name Albert Jerome Crockett.

Now we discover that head of personnel and human resources, Princess Hayes, has been placed on administrative leave and that Chief Financial Officer Lee Triefenbach has submitted his resignation.

This signals a major shake-up at the financial, personnel and school board levels that could spell serious consequences at the troubled school district, especially when such key players are packing up and running for cover.

That's what happens when the State of Illinois takes over a troubled school district, appoints their own interim superintendent (Jed Deets) and hires a former U.S. Attorney (A. Courtney Cox) as "Inspector General" and tasks him with the responsibility of conducting fiscal, administrative, personnel and, potentially, criminal investigations.

At this writing, applicants are being screened for the purpose of filling the vacant seat of El-Amin. School Board member Carl Officer has predicted that School Board President Lonzo Greenwood has already handpicked his replacement and that the application process is merely a charade.

Knowing ESL "poli-tricks," that's probably true. But it would also be very dumb of Greenwood to engage in this type of backdoor wheeling and dealing, given the vacancies left by the CFO and the head of HR upon the arrival of the Inspector General A. Courtney Cox.

Cox was a tough U.S. Attorney. Just ask some of the former ESL officials who now find themselves residing in federal penitentiaries. And he'll be a tough Inspector General, creating a paper trail (based upon his findings) from HR, financial records and other sources.

That trail will, undoubtedly, point to individuals who have monetized their influence and profited from the awarding of contracts to certain consultants, the hiring of specific employees and others, and from those who may have actually paid for promotions within School District 189.

If I were Lonzo Greenwood and other board members whose family, friends and cronies have been "hooked-up" as highly paid, yet nonproductive, employees and consultants within the ESL school system, I'd be very worried.


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Re: ESL school officials drop like flies
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 08:13:26 am »
And somewhere, some politician is going to claim that this is all the teachers union's fault.

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Re: ESL school officials drop like flies
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011, 08:19:16 am »
My home town is a kleptocracy.

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Re: ESL school officials drop like flies
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011, 08:54:04 am »
Now we discover that head of personnel and human resources, Princess Hayes, has been placed on administrative leave and that Chief Financial Officer Lee Triefenbach has submitted his resignation.






Princess?   That's an interesting name to be mixed up in all of this.