Posts Tagged 'Glen Construction'

No news is bad news…for Rockwood School District residents.

Before I say anything else, please don’t buy the Prop S “safety” Sandy Hook boogeyman argument. In fact, Rocked Schools District (RSD) eventually backed off of that one as soon as we started calling bullcrap on them… Yet, they expect you vote for it.
Whether you do, or do not buy into the Prop S hype, scroll below for just how little of this bill goes to “safety” for the students. After all, a vote for Prop S is a vote for the children, and anything bit is *anti-children*. Yet, they expect you vote for it.
Last Thursday, I requested my PSO to go to the Rockwood School District meeting to present a request. That request simply consisted of the district linking to the 2013 Missouri State Education Budget along side the link for Prop S on their website. Both the PSO President and the school Principal absolutely agreed to the request.
The very next morning, I received a phone call informing me that my request had already been *heard*. I was told that once my request was entered as “new business” later that night, it would automatically be sent to the Rockwood School Board for a vote…AFTER the election.
Now, I had not shared my request with anybody, and I was the only person in the room who was not a member of either the Board or Staff. How this information had already found its way to the district I can only guess.

Fact is, Prop S is a gateway. It is the gateway to saying “Yes! I will have some!…and more, and more and more!” This is a gateway to Glen Construction who has already over billed the District, who paid the same bill twice to Steve Smith, the then Board President, and current Board member. Oh, snap! Did I mention that Glen Construction is his company and he pocketed 2.1 million dollars  per year on these district contracts? Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Yea, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweicht found them guilty on all charges. But after a 2 year warning of an active audit, it was only 1 month ago did the Board vote to “do things differently” (even though Smith claimed to recuse himself during some active votes on construction bids). Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Of the proposes 38.4 Million, Glen Construction stands to take 23+ of it…while the “safety” allocation is a mere 7%. Yes, you heard me. Seven percent is going to the safety and security of our children,our students. Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Wow! And they are concerned about locker rooms that are no bigger than the rest of us grew up with? Or new carpeting in cafeteria and hallways.Oh! The Humanity! (also, cafeteria (kitchens) and hallways need to be able to be doused in bleach daily…hardly condusive to carpeting)
Where will it stop? They play thisboff as a “No Tax-rate Increase”…which will pay off 69 cents by 69 cents per year. Well, that covers a span of hopefully 13 years…but considering the number of residents who have not paid their neighborhood fee to years, and years and years (minus the tax-cheats) it could be much longer.
Could you imagine if people just stopped voting FOR this rubbish 20 years ago? We would see the fruits of labor (stretched to capacity because it’s limited), and see a tax decrease at the same time.

Have these people noticed the economy? It isn’t something that will turn around over night, yet they expect you vote for it.

At this point, this is no longer a vote “for the kids”, it is a vote for control. It goes on and on. Of they win this proposition, be danged sure you will see another in two years. It has happened every two years since the first one passed.
Trust me, they’ll find the funds elsewhere without Prop S passing…after all 18 BILLION of the 23 B alotted per budget year in the state of Missouri goes directly to teacher’s pensions. You heard me right! 18 billion of the budgeted 23 billion is pensions.

Wanna know how much goes straight to administration under the school superintendent?
Yeah, cuts can be made all around without further burden to the tax payers. The money is there.

Since the Rockwood School District refuses to link the state budget to their site, I have linked it to mine.
Numbers don’t lie.

Now, as much as the PSO President(s) and I do not see eye to eye at all, I respect their work and their willingness to bring this matter forward. And as diplomatic as our school Principal (who I absolutely love, by the way) is, I have yet to receive a response, aside from my insider who told me exactly where this would go in the first place.

No initial response. No “hey, this is how it went” because, unfortunately, I know exactly where it went…and we all would have heard otherwise. Or a “sorry for transparency, finally!” Nope. Nada.

Them, this hit my inbox last night. Sounds like if they child figure out a way to get the busses running on the down-low to drive votes in for this proposition, they absolutely would!:

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 2. It’s Election Day and voters will be considering Prop S, a no-tax rate increase bond issue on the ballot. Below are some answers to voting information.

When are polls open on April 2?

Polls will be open at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Who may vote?

Any Rockwood resident who is a registered voter may vote in this election. Anyone needing to register to vote or needed to update his or her voter registration information may do so at any Rockwood school, or any St. Louis County library or City Hall. The deadline for processing registrations, reinstatements and transfers is March 6 to be eligible to vote in the April 2 election.

Where may I vote?

Just prior to the election date, each registered voter will receive a postcard from the election office designated the polling place for the election.

I’m out of town on April 2. May I vote by absentee ballot?

Yes. St. Louis County registered voters wishing to cast an absentee ballot should call 314.615.1800. In Jefferson County, call 636.797.5486. St. Louis County residents may download the absentee ballot application online.

March 27 is the last day absentee ballot requests are accepted by mail at the election office. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Election Office by April 1.

April 1 is the last day to cast an absentee ballot in person at the Election Office. The office is located at 12 Sunnen Drive in Maplewood for St. Louis County residents and 729 Maple Street in Hillsboro for Jefferson County residents.

How many “Yes” votes are required for the bond issue to pass?

The Constitution of the State of Missouri requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage of the bond issue.

How will Proposition S appear on the ballot?

The ballot language for Proposition S is as follows:

Shall the Rockwood R-6 School District, St. Louis County, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $38.4 Million Dollars ($38,400,000) for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, improving, furnishing and equipping school sites, buildings and related facilities in the District, including but not limited to (1) safety and health measures, (2) technology infrastructure and classroom technology and (3) maintenance of current facilities by continuing to fund major capital repairs and improvements, resulting in no estimated increase in the debt service property tax levy? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged at sixty-eight cents ($0.68) per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property. We invite you to join us on Facebook. Take the time to Like · Share the information about our students and schools.

Wisconsin, anybody?

***Rockwood Alert*** Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions Requests Missouri State Audit

Well, it’s about time somebody moved on this.

As the economy continues to tank, taxes continue to rise in Rockwood, and that money is being funneled directly into the Rockwood School Board, not the schools.  Teachers are continually receiving 3% pay increase per year, while more and more taxpayers are losing jobs.  The justification for that? And I quote “Because that’s they way we’ve always done it.”  Seriously? I’m not buying that answer, because things now are not as they always were.

So when I received this about ten minutes ago, I was tickled:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 21, 2011

Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions has sent a request to the Missouri State Auditors office to investigate the following stated in the email below.

To Whom It May Concern: Attached is a zip file containing documents connecting; 1. Rockwood School District2. Glenn Construction – the RSD Construction Program Mgr for the past 17 yrs.3. Rockwood School District Educational Facilities Authority – see below4. Steve Smith, Board President and employee of Glenn Construction

“The sole project of RSDEFA at this point is (i) the issuance of Leasehold Revenue Bonds, Series 2002 (Rockwood R-6 School District, St. Louis County, Missouri Project), in the aggregate principal amount of $8,210,000 (the “Bonds”), for the purpose of providing funds to (a) construct, furnish and equip an early childhood/special education center (the “Project”) (the Project Site and that portion of the Project being installed thereon being collectively referred to herein as the “Leased Facilities”), (b)  refinance certain prior equipment leases of the District, a portion of such equipment being situated at Babler Elementary School, which constitutes a portion of the Lease Facilities, and (c) pay the costs of issuance of the Bonds; (ii) lease the Leased Facilities to the District; (iii) enter into a Site Lease (the “Site Lease”) with the District under which the District will lease the Project Site to the Corporation; and (iv) enter into a Lease Agreement (the “Lease”) with the District under which the Corporation will cause the proceeds of the Bonds to be used to finance costs of the Project and will lease the Leased Facilities to the District in consideration of rental payments by the District which are to be sufficient, during the Lease Term (as defined in the Lease), to pay the principal of, redemption premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds as the same become due”.  source:  email from Scott Tate, Director of Finance, RSD


RS for RS feels this is, at the minimum, an “appearance of impropriety” if not a blatant conflict of interest.

1. Mr. Smith is an employee of Glenn Construction – the RSD Construction Program Manager for the past 17 yrs.
2. Mr. Smith is the President of the RSD Board of Education
3. Mr. Smith is the Vice President of the RSDEFA

On September 18th and 19th when RS for RS reached out to Glenn Construction for a meeting with James Glenn and Arthur Floyd, we were instructed by Steve Smith to provide him a list of our concerns and he would bring it to their attention.  
Please advise as to the proper step to file a request for an investigation.Direct all questions and request for additional information to; Eileen Tyrrell, Co-Founder and Spokesperson @ 636-222-8305.Respectfully,

Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions
rsdstakeholders@gmail.com

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,983 other followers

Jen Ennenbach

Follow Me!