BATISTE CONTINUES LEGACY OF SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE
An accounting internal control Board policy places a spending cap on WPS60 Superintendent's authorization of expenditures. Batiste has found a get-around to reward cronies with No Bid, Sole Source awards for professional services.
We have previously reported Batiste's recommendation to hire Anthony Ficarelli at exactly $50,000 (approved 7-0 by the WPS Board) now exceeded by actual billings resulting in the current teachers' strike.
A new investigation reveals a continued pattern by Batiste to divert taxpayer funds from direct education vis-a-vis a series of consulting agreements with Leila Eames.
2001 donors. Leila Eames and Dr. Donaldo R. Batiste
So, what exactly is the relationship between Eames & Batiste dating back to 2001 in New Orleans? Personal? Professional? Both?
Here is an excerpt from the August 14, 2012 Board Meeting (page 6):
APPROVAL OF THE FY 2012-2013 PRINCIPAL MENTORING CONTRACT WITH MRS.
LEILA EAMES FOR SERVICE TO: CARMAN-BUCKNER, GLEN FLORA, GLENWOOD,
WHITTIER, ABBOTT, BENNY, JUAREZ, AND JEFFERSON
The recommendation of the Administration was: that the Board of Education approve the Principal Mentoring Contract with Mrs. Leila Eames in the amount of $32,500, for the
2012-2013 School Year.
After due consideration thereof, the President called for a roll call vote. The following members voted aye: Pierson-White, Anderson, Elliott, Maguire, Hanna, Rodriguez. Whereupon the President declared the motion carried.
Eames' good luck continues into the 2013-2014 school year
as she secures another Sole Source award by Batiste
$32,500 was a nice gift....why not goose it up to $46,500 when nobody is looking? Sugar Daddy Batiste discovered a wonderful way to help Eames supplement her pension from New Orleans Public Schools.
Again, Batiste shows no confidence in his existing administrative staff to do the training for Principals at NO ADDITIONAL COST to the District. Batiste could not locate any resources in Waukegan or the collar counties to hire a local resource. Instead, apparently the only person qualified to provide this training is his old crony from New Orleans, Leila Eames!
When there is no oversight or checks and balances to keep folks honest, why not reward friends & family, especially when it is not your money.
The good folks of Waukegan should call for an immediate investigation and internal audit of all of Batiste's recommendations and expenditures under the $50,000 ceiling to determine if there are additional instances of waste of taxpayer dollars...with the cost of the audit to be paid by Batiste from his personal funds.
The Superintendent of Los Angeles just resigned after gross abuse of taxpayer funds during his tumultuous 3 1/2 year tenure.
Perhaps Batiste should reflect on his continued employment at WPS60?
Here is a hint:
Real estate transfers for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014
Lakewood Estates Drive 185: Gary P. Lala to Donaldo R. Batiste, $421,500.
Exit, stage left??