I was just wondering why Dr. Lewis would give away a car with a three-year lease and a couple of cruises when our children did not have books, toilet paper and enough class seats in the schools.
All year long, we heard teachers complain about no copier paper, books or the supplies needed in order to conduct a proper class.
My daughter’s Spanish teacher told me she did not have enough books for the students and students where having to stand in her classroom.
She said she could not conduct classes properly.
I also want to know why no one has addressed the past CFO Eugene Smith who has been given a prison sentence.
Why is no one questioning the missing money and Mr. Smith’s disappearance although he is living in a $400,000+ house in Grand Prairie?
Dr. Lewis says he did not know him.
However, if you do not know him, how can he be in your wedding party years before?
I think Dr. Lewis needs to take responsibility for Mr. Smith’s actions.
The districts needs to start filing criminal charges against Mr. Smith and anybody else involved.
Here’s a thought.
Dr Lewis says in two years the district’s only credit card, with him being the only user, managed to charge $265,000.
Assuming he works thru the summer but takes Saturdays and Sundays off, that’s $500 a day.
Travel and "allowable education expenses" he says.
But can you imagine trying to spend $500 every day, trying to see which ideas are "allowable" and which ones aren’t?
Trying to figure out what budget line and code to put each day’s expenses under?
(Is this "travel" or "continuing education?" Maybe it’s "community relations" hmm.)
500 dollars a day OVER his pay, OVER his car allowance, OVER the cost of him driving the district’s big Suburban when he wants to go someplace and OVER all his insurance, retirement and everything else.
And never needs to come to the board for a review.
He is the only authority for that $500 per day.
And every dime, he says, is an allowable educational expense. That is a big claim.
Finally, since the audit has come out and Dr. Lewis thinks that the district financial problems are minor, I think we need to do more to educate him and the community about all of our financial problems.
I think everything needs to be put out in the open.
Let’s start by utilizing an online check register and canceling all of the district credit cards.
Our children need all available resources in order to obtain a quality education!
Cynthia L. Corbin