Ficarelli should be grinning from ear to ear
This equates to the annual salary 2 Waukegan teachers. Ficarelli's bill reflects 262.9 hours of work. For most folks working 8 hours a day, there are 176 hours in a month. (8 hours x 22 working days).
Here are Ficarelli's monthly billings:
June, 2014 $ 15,589.50
July, 2014 $ 15,276.00
August, 2014 $ 12,910.50
September, 2014 $ 20,163.63
September, 2014 $ 8,820.00
October, 2014 $ 73,025.00
GRAND TOTAL $145,784.63
More poor judgment on the part of Batiste? Remember, he directly negotiated a contract with Ficarelli at the end of May, 2014 for $50,000 and then rammed it through Board approval two weeks later. Keeping the sole source wired deal to this dollar threshold skirted a full board discussion on this topic and prevented going to a full, open bid soliciting outside legal services.
Again, not Batiste's money. Waukegan taxpayers' funds promiscuously spent on Family and Friends!
Couple this revelation with the FOIA information obtained by Corruption Busters regarding the PR contract with Greentarget, recommended by Ficarelli/Hinshaw at '20% discounted rates' totaling $15,761.15.
Anita Hanna, WPS60 President, should be taking lessons from Ficarelli. Both have been taking care of the family business at personal expense.
Dear Folks of Waukegan, have you had enough of these shenanigans?
Contact the Lake County State's Attorney, Mayor Wayne Motley, Rep. Rita Mayfield and Senator Terry Link to open an investigation into fraud, waste of taxpayer funds and corruption.