BOARD ACTION
AGENDA ITEM #2 Page 3 - 15 Purchase Orders Commercial Warrants and Previously Board-Approved Bids and Contracts.
 
Trustee Hatton- Hodson pulled this item from the Consent Calendar stating she had a potential Conflict of Interest with a company in Agenda Item #2
 

NOTE:

Agenda Item #2 Board Audio: http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSDBoardMeeting.Nov.16.2016.mp3

at 200:50 Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson pulled Agenda Item #2 

Out of an abundance of caution Trustee Hatton- Hodson recused herself from voting on Agenda Item #2 Purchases Orders, Commercial Warrants and Previously Approved Bids and Contracts 

at 201:10 Trustee Reardon asks Trustee Hatton-Hodson to clarify the Conflict

at 201:18 There is a company in there that I know, and their logo is on my website. There is no personal financial gain from that relationship.

The Board passed agenda Item #2 with Lynn not voting.

Learn More: Agenda Item #30 Conflict of interest

NOTE: There is a company listed in Agenda Item #2 which may be the company Trustee Hatton-Hodson is referring to. She did not mention the name of the company so there is no way to be sure. However, on InnovateED's web site there is a company named Collaborative Learning Solutions.  CUSD has a PO with them for $30,000.

 

NOTE:

There are actually two companies Trustee Hatton-Hodson has a conflict with in Agenda Item #3 Flippin Group and Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP

Trustee Lynn Hatton - Hodson owns a company, InnovateEd that is in the education field and provides professional development services to the education community.  

InnovateEd is part of Systems Leadership Collaborative. 

Systems Leadership Collaborative, is led by ACSA, Fullan, InnovateEd, The Flippen Group, and Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost.

Agenda Item #3 pages 57 - 139 contains contracts the CUSD is approving at the November 16, 2016 meeting.

 

Trustee Hatton-Hodson did not recuse herself from Agenda Item #3

CUSD's contract with the Flippin Group is on pages 67.

CUSD's contract with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP is on page 76.

Trustee Hatton-Hodson failed to disclose her business interest in InnovateEd, Systems Leadership Collaborative and LCAPca on her form 700's. At the same time her business has grown from under $1 million dollars as stated on previous form 700's to its present $2.4 million because of her relationship with these firms and the EdTech companies they promote through Conferences and Professional Development Opportunities..

Letter to District Attorney:
http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-28-2016-letter-to-da-tony.html

Fair Political Practices Complaint: Complaint Number is: COM-10172016-10573
http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/09/fair-political-practices-complaint.html 

  
NOTE:
 
Purchase Orders for the November 16, 2016 BOT meeting totaled $23,385,086.40
 
CUSD spent $16,606 on Conferences ($14,841 from CUSD's General Fund). The District is receiving one- time grant money from the state that is mandated too be spent on professional development. General Fund money should not be spent on conferences and professional development.
 
NO GENERAL FUND MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
CUSD is spending $116,900 on Legal Fees
 


Purchase Orders are for goods or services that District Staff is asking the Board to approve.

Warrants are payments for past purchase orders that have been approved at previous meetings.

One issue that face taxpayers in monitoring CUSD; is that it has been standard practice for staff to enter into agreements, and begin performance of those contracts before they have been brought to the Board for Approval.  These contracts are always done on Concent Calendar which means that unless a member of the public or a Trustee pulls the item, it is approved without discussion.  One additional issue is the difficulty in seeing how CUSD spends it's money. CUSD provides the public with a check register. To see total spending on a category like "Professional Development" or "Legal Fees" an interested party would have to go through all the PO's or warrants and find each transaction and add them up by hand. The system is intentionally presented to the public in this maner to make it more difficult for the public to see how the District spends taxpayer money.

Purchase Orders for the November 16, 2016 BOT meeting totaled $23,385,086.40 (page 3-15)

CUSD spent $16,606 on Conferences ($14,841 from CUSD's General Fund). The District is receiving one- time grant money from the state that is mandated too be spent on professional development. General Fund money should not be spent on conferences and professional development.

 

     CUSD is spending $116,900 on Legal Fees
 


Commercial Warrants: $6,401,274 (page 16-48)