Venessa Whitener’s $57 Million Oops

A culture of trust but don’t verify has been the status quo of the Higley governing board majority for quite some time. – J. Hoffman . . . → Read More: Venessa Whitener’s $57 Million Oops

Legislative District 12 Republicans Endorse GPS/HUSD School Board Candidates – Fireworks Result

A straw poll was held during the Legislative District 12 Republican Party meeting on Thursday, Oct 17, 2014 at South Valley Junior High School. The poll was taken among attending precinct committeemen and polling “ballots” were handed out as PC’s entered the meeting location upon arrival. Slips were collected well into the meeting, providing a . . . → Read More: Legislative District 12 Republicans Endorse GPS/HUSD School Board Candidates – Fireworks Result

Whitener Cuts Substitute Teacher Budget and Expands Administration

Whitener voted to cut the substitute teacher budget at the same meeting where she voted to create a new director position at the district office. . . . → Read More: Whitener Cuts Substitute Teacher Budget and Expands Administration

HUSD Union Hates Parents & Endorses Whitener and Wojtovich

HEA (Higley Teachers Union) hides efforts to spike district survey by directing members to “make sure that this email stays OFF OF DISTRICT EMAIL”, and suggests parents pay $250 in parking fees and 50% more in sports fees, among others. . . . → Read More: HUSD Union Hates Parents & Endorses Whitener and Wojtovich

Higley’s Birdwell Makes $500 Donation to Whitener prior to Superintendent’s Evaluation

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell donated $500 to incumbent school board president Venessa Whitener’s election campaign (click here for public record).

The donation raises ethical concerns. The board will conduct its annual evaluation of Superintendent Birdwell in November 2014, with potential for another annual pay raise. Whitener, as current board president, will lead . . . → Read More: Higley’s Birdwell Makes $500 Donation to Whitener prior to Superintendent’s Evaluation

Candidates and their Finance Reports – Updated

There are currently five candidates registered to run for the two open seats on the GPS Board and four candidates registered to run for the two open seats on the HUSD Board. (Oops, there are five candidates for HUSD. New information added)  

Their current task is to collect nominating petition signatures. You need 400 . . . → Read More: Candidates and their Finance Reports – Updated

HUSD Candidate Forum

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce held a forum for candidates from both Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District on June 5th. The format of the forum was that each candidate had two minutes to answer each question and provide a final statement. The order in which candidates answered questions changed from question to . . . → Read More: HUSD Candidate Forum

Role of the Board

There are questions about what the proper role of the Board is in a school district. Some candidates say the proper role of the Board is to pick a good Superintendent and then stay out of the way and let the professionals run things. Others insist the Board can delegate authority to the Superintendent, but . . . → Read More: Role of the Board

http://gilbertoverride.com is Fantastic Resource

http://gilbertoverride.com is a masterfully done website that very simply and succinctly explains the situation in Gilbert Public Schools. There are many concepts, principles, and stated facts that correlate very well to just about any other school district. Of course, the numerical figures would be different, yet in looking at district administrative behaviour regarding overrides and . . . → Read More: http://gilbertoverride.com is Fantastic Resource

Millions Abused Through Consent Agenda – HUSD Proud Owner of CNG Fueling Station (Maybe)

Board Spends Millions on CNG fuel station while asking for 10% Budget Override to cover excess costs. What’s worse is hiding this issue in the consent agenda. . . . → Read More: Millions Abused Through Consent Agenda – HUSD Proud Owner of CNG Fueling Station (Maybe)