|#hsvboe members Elisa Ferrell and Walker McGinnis, Laurie McCaulley, Superintendent Casey Wardynksi|
Alabama media group state enterprise reporter Challen Stephens investigative reporting of the Huntsville City Schools SAFe program garnered national attention. Although they were tardy to the party, the story was eventually picked up by mainstream blogs, print media, and television. Oh the shame of it all!
So how does Huntsville City Schools respond? The newly installed President of the board, who didn't know nothing before she knew something, announces they cutting the security consultant services from the budget and will operate the program internally with the district's security team headed by Al Lankford, the system's chief security officer. Nod Nod Wink Wink
Uh, how do you cut services from the budget that were never in the budget? And is this the same district security team whose budget was just slashed and work force reduced? Is this the same chief security officer who thought he was talking to the NSA (National Security Agency)? Oh, OK
Now, let's separate fact from spin.
HCS is NOT ending the program.
They have NOT answered any questions about the origins of the program.
We still do not know who authorized the expenditure $157,190 for Mr. McRae.
We still do not know exactly how the $2,295,608.00 that we've paid T&W Operations since 2013 has been spent since only about half of that was approved by the board.
They are attempting to sweep this under the rug in the hopes that the public will forget.
A better question, perhaps, is whether Alabama — land of the fiscal conservatives — should be spending $110 an hour looking for kids bragging about their pot-smoking exploits online. At the very least, they should've funneled a little more cash into designing that logo.We must laugh to keep from crying.