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Radio Talk Show Host Fails to Study School Consolidation for Fayette County Study
Not Enough Said project of: Net the Truth Online
Rep. Mahoney Reading Not Enough Said? Poses Study Could Show No Savings by Admin. Consolidation?
Fayette Special: Model for Other Power Grabbing PA State Legislators to Follow
PA Rep. Tim Mahoney Proposal to House Education Cmte Shows Goal To Wrest Local Control
County-wide School District Legislation Allows Board of Commissioners Authority to Equalize District
Not Enough Said on This Issue Site per Proposal for Fayette Vo-Tech/STEM Center
Confirmation Why Herald-Standard Didn't Question Rep. About His Advisory Committee
Plan for Countywide School District Consolidation = Fayette Forward Strategic Plan
Report PA School Consolidation Cost Effectiveness
Rep. Mahoney Claims After Consolidation Savings 15% to 20% Where We Ask?
Is Rep. Tim Mahoney About to Change Structure of School Administration All on His Own?
Herald-Standard & Rep. Tim Mahoney in League to Bait & Switch Public
Candidates for School Directors On the Fence or Supportive Urged to View Wealth of Critical Studies
Herald-Standard Disappointed School Board Candidates Not All Rosey County Consolidation
Study: consolidation of school districts into larger units leads to higher dropout rate!
We Can Hear It Now Some of my Opponents Don't Want The People To Decide
We Can Hear it Now: Are You Against the People Deciding Consolidation Choice
Report PA School Boards Association Study on Consolidation 2009
Cost Savings Claimed 2 Years Before Local Study Begins Now Claim Lowered!
Bid Process? Study Weighted to Cost-Savings Due to Results for Center & Monaca Consolidations?
Does Consolidation into Large District Save Costs?
Did Merged Districts Hold True to Standard & Poor Study: Taxes May Rise in 1 District
Merged Monaca & Center School Districts Less than 2,999 Students!
First Eliminate School Property Taxes, Candidate Says, Then We'll See @ Consolidation?
Central Valley School District: Archetype for (Fayette) County-wide Consolidation?
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Not Enough Said Requests Talk Show Host Read Standard & Poor Study
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Fayette School Director Candidates Take Opposing View of Countywide Consolidation Plan
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Unified Countywide School District for "Taxation Purposes"
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PA Dept. of Ed. Retirees Now Education Management Group Consultants to Conduct Study
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Tribune-Review article per PA school consolidation legislation
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Not Enough Said has found a link which shows the two consultants (with Education Management Group, LLC) hired by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Uniontown to conduct a study of Fayette school districts (with a portion of a $100,000 grant Rep. Mahoney acquired through the Dept. of Community and Economic Development) are not merely individuals who as the Herald-Standard says
 
 have also worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Education before developing the consultant business and have performed many school district studies and created recovery plans for financial struggling school districts.
 
 
 

The two individuals noted in the Herald-Standard article:

Consultants Dr. Donald Boyer and Dr. Ronald Stainbrook of EMG

are among those listed here

Dr. Ronald Stainbrook... joined the Department of Education in 1976 and worked in various key areas.  For over twenty years, he served as Chief of the Division of Management Assistance, through which he led teams that provided consulting services for school districts with financial problems...  retired from the Department of Education in 2004...

http://gatewayk12.org/files/0136_001.pdf

Dr. Donald E. Boyer... also spent ten years plus as the Chief of the Division of Fiscal Administration and Management and the Director of the Bureau of Budget and Management in the Pennsylvania Department of Education... 

http://gatewayk12.org/files/0136_001.pdf

 

Further down in the link is a section: 
 
Recently Completed Projects (Education Management Group, LLC)
 
Brownsville Area School District
Complete Fiscal and Program Analysis
Contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
 


Flush bank account laid bare Montour School District's workings
Getting an education in politics
Sunday, April 03, 2011
 
The new boss
A veteran of numerous school systems, and one-fifth owner of consultancy Educational Management Group LLC, Mr. Boyer, 72, worked for districts statewide before joining Montour in 2009.
Mr. Boyer became the subject of an Ethics Commission investigation after the district he headed hired his firm, EMG, as its temporary business manager. A person whose identity hasn't been revealed filed a complaint saying the arrangement was a conflict of interest.
"How can he be the superintendent on a payroll, and his own personal company, of which he is a percentage of an owner, be consulting?" Montour board member Cynthia Morrow asked.
Mr. Boyer said EMG was only retained -- at $4,300 a month from September through last week -- because questions about Mr. Reichl's status, and litigation with former assistant business manager Peggy Schweitzer, prevented the district from making a permanent hire.
He said that for $4,300 a month, EMG has studied the renovation project, the prospect of putting cameras on buses, cleaning needs at the high school, and more.
Last month the district settled with Ms. Schweitzer, who was fired by Mr. Reichl, for $110,000. She starts tomorrow as the new business manager.
Mr. Boyer said a superintendent shouldn't get involved in "Republican-Democrat types of things, and by the same token, you shouldn't be influenced by them."
He did, however, contribute $250 to John Weinstein's campaign in November.
"I was invited to his cocktail party," Mr. Boyer said, "and instead of taking a complimentary ticket, I paid for one.
"I chose to go. After all, he's a county official."

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542

First published on April 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

Not Enough Said:

During Rep. Tim Mahoney's appearance on WMBS 590 April 15th with host Bob Foltz, the representative announced an advertisement would be placed in newspapers around the state seeking bids for conducting a consolidation study to be completed by the Summer.

Not Enough Said:

Who got the bid is the first question we would ask the state legislator the next time he appears on the WMBS 590 radio talk show program.
 
The second question would be:  Did you read the Standard and Poor Study available from the state Legislative Budget and Finance Committee in June 2007 before you initiated your initial House Bill 351, back when?
 
The third question would be:  Did your study really bid out for $100,000?
 
There are several other questions, but we'll save those for posting here at a later date if they are not asked by the host of the radio talk show program, Mark Rafail, when the state legislator appears on his program.

Worthwhile Study Consolidation of schools needs examined

Herald-Standard.com Friday, April 15, 2011

State Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township, wants to study the feasibility of consolidating the administrations and business operations of the public school districts in the county, essentially merging the county's six districts into one.

According to Mahoney, a study will be completed this spring that will examine possible cost savings through the consolidation of the six county school districts, including Uniontown Area, Albert Gallatin Area, Brownsville Area, Connellsville Area, Laurel Highlands and Frazier. The move would create one administration to run the six districts but each high school would maintain its identity.

Once the results of the study are announced, Mahoney wants to issue decided by a referendum, perhaps as early as next fall...

http://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/editorials/worthwhile-study/article_10f8c43f-b4e7-5a60-81ef-11552dd6fff2.html

Not Enough Said:

Herald-Standard.com Editorial Approves of the process of examination of consolidating schools for Administration/taxation purposes (hmm not a word about one that has already been completed that being the Standard and Poor Study... oh you know the rest by now...)
 
Odd that a local news operation has not mentioned that study and this effort to propose 7 local schools consolidate into one has been around for several years now.  At least since 2007, gasp.
 

Not Enough Said:

Odd isn't it, state Rep. Tim Mahoney is never asked why the need for a study of consolidation of Administration and Transportation of local area public school districts when the PA State Legislative Finance and Budget Committee already commissioned a Study which was conducted by Standard and Poor. 
 
We're still pondering why any local study is necessary when that Standard and Poor Study well, you've read Volume 2, right?
 
It pairs school districts, theoretically, and there is only one such paired in all of Fayette County, given the cost-savings parameters in the study, and that one is paired with another district outside of Fayette County.
 
Go figure why a $100,000 localized study is needed to determine - that.

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