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PWC School Board To Taxpayers: Fuck Off

By Greg L | 28 June 2012 | Schools, Prince William County | 21 Comments

Want information about how the Prince William County Schools are spending your taxpayer dollars?  Well, it’ll cost you $34,305 to find out, and you have to pay half of that upfront before they’ll even start compiling the data.  Really.  During a time that anyone can get a credit card statement for free from their bank in a day, Prince William County Schools can’t seem to manage to document how county-issued credit cards are used without clocking 718 hours of employee time.

Do the schools have any idea at all how taxpayer funds are being spent?  If that’s the case, I have a simple solution: cancel every friggin’ one of these until these expenses can be accounted for.  These folks are entirely out of control, either that or they’re so concerned about allowing taxpayers to learn anything about what they’re doing they’re manufacturing ridiculously obscene barriers to fiscal transparency in an effort to prevent anyone from finding out what they’re doing.

Either way, Dr. Walts has got to go.  This is utterly stupid.



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21 Comments

  1. Maureen said on 29 Jun 2012 at 4:33 am:
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    Do you know who has access to these credit cards?

  2. Ha! said on 29 Jun 2012 at 9:09 am:
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    Greg,

    I can sense your frustration, but is it really necessary to use profanity in the headline?

    Also, sound’s like good grounds for a law suit, or perhaps an AG’s investigation.

  3. ChargeIt said on 29 Jun 2012 at 1:31 pm:
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    I had a government issued credit card (Federal) for years before
    retiring. Every purchase had to be logged immediately and my
    account was reviewed monthly by the purchasing department and
    the accounting office. Every dime had to be accounted for and
    it was all reviewed by the Inspector Generals Office. All credit card
    accounts were subject to the same requirements. Never had
    a problem. Guess we were lucky to have good management.

  4. Fed Up Conservative said on 29 Jun 2012 at 4:46 pm:
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    Very mature Greg.

  5. Citizen-Veteran said on 29 Jun 2012 at 5:09 pm:
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    GUBMINT credit cards . . . routinely lead to abuse. There is plenty of history on this. The only way to deal with this is to ensure an adequate accounting and management review plan . . . BEFORE issuing the cards.

    While this situation needs cleaning up immediately by the School Division, the bigger question is what other public fund programs are so poorly managed?

    Looks like the public should demand more transparency in the School Division funding activities. . . These things only come up when someone spots “smoke” so Independent Hill needs to get on it before the . . . fire.

    There is not a lot of taxpayer happiness with the size of the PWC School Division budget so swift action should be expected. Anything less will invite new public inquiries.

    Will school board members raise this at their next board meeting?

  6. Anonymous said on 29 Jun 2012 at 8:35 pm:
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    I thought we were being governed by buiseness conservative republicans? Let the buck stop with Corey Stuart!

  7. Jonathan Way said on 30 Jun 2012 at 9:35 am:
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    I like to read your blog and occasionally contribute a thought or two. You are an excellent writer with a good grip of so many political issues. I would only hope you can do so with language which is on the same high plane as your ideas.

  8. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2012 at 12:15 pm:
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    How do we organize to get new school board members?

  9. Loudoun Insider said on 30 Jun 2012 at 6:44 pm:
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    Governments routinely abuse FOIA and common sense disclosure rules. And, big surprise, their pals in the judiciary rarely hold them accountable.

  10. F.U. Would do said on 30 Jun 2012 at 10:37 pm:
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    Try to get the School Board Chairman Milt Johns to return a call. you get the f.u. Treatment as well. I doubt the AG who is a former Law Partner of Chairman Johns will have any interest in investigating.
    He only investigates folks with a D after their name.

  11. The Real Disgusted said on 1 Jul 2012 at 4:56 am:
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    Whoa!!! Language! Jesus would not do that!

  12. Jesus said on 1 Jul 2012 at 1:22 pm:
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    Oh yes he would.

  13. The Real Disgusted said on 1 Jul 2012 at 2:00 pm:
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    Only to money changers in the Temple…wait a minute! Oh Snap!!!

    Okay, seriously, isn’t it you conservatards that whine about having to pay taxes for programs you don’t like/use/directly benefit from? So isn’t it you conservatards that call for user fees and individuals paying for those non-government services outa their own pocket? So why is Greg L hyperventilating? This is EXACTLY the kind of government cost he goes bonkers over. Why should I have to pay for his personal agenda/inquisition?

    Maybe since gas prices are going down he could use some of the extra gas money from his futile anti-healthcare bus trip to pay for the information.

  14. Jesus said on 1 Jul 2012 at 4:00 pm:
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    Don’t feed the trolls.

  15. ... said on 2 Jul 2012 at 8:48 am:
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    If proper fiscal controls were in place, it would not cost nearly $40,000 for PWCS to produce this information, as they would already have it available for ready access.

    It’s like preparing for an IRS audit. If your records aren’t a complete mess, it’ll take a couple of hours at most. If they are, you’ll need weeks. The difference being, of course, that you can’t bill the IRS for your time to get your paperwork in order, unlike the person making a FOIA request.

  16. ChargeIt said on 2 Jul 2012 at 10:42 am:
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    The bank issuing the credit cards should have all that
    info available already. I don’t believe a word of this.

  17. Kim Simons said on 4 Jul 2012 at 9:57 am:
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    The excessive fee is a FOIA charge PWCS charged a group attempting to get information about certain types of transactions, including credit cards, cell phones, and other expenditures. The charge was for PWCS staff to gather the information and provide it to the requesting party. The group has asked other school divisions around the country for the same information and has gotten the information for no charge or only a slight fee. PWCS, on the other hand, uses excessive FOIA fees to intimidate people so that they don’t have to release information. Excessive FOIA fees are the school divisions standard practice.

    Want a list of county approved textbooks for a particular subject? That’ll be 500. Want a copy of a named report provided to the school division by Pearson (the company that created and grades our SOL exams)? That’ll be 1200.

    It’s an intimidation technique, plain and simple. And it’s quite effective.

  18. Loudoun Insider said on 4 Jul 2012 at 10:16 am:
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    Exactly, but as usual, only a tiny number of people give a crap about clean honest government so they will continue to get away with this kind of BS. Citizen apathy has just about worn me out.

  19. Kim Simons said on 4 Jul 2012 at 3:37 pm:
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    You and me both, Loudoun insider. If you want to discuss improving instruction for our students or holding the school system accountable for false and /or misleading information, you’re lucky to have 3 people pay attention. Want to change a school’sboundaries…..well then half the neighborhood shows up.

  20. Harry said on 5 Jul 2012 at 11:27 am:
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    I routinely FOIA the county and have never been charged. It’s amazing to me that the school bored (sic) doesn’t receive this type of financial information as part of the monthly package. This is exactly what you get when someone like Milt Johns controls every aspect of the schools including who’s hired, who’s fired and who spends our $.

  21. Anon said on 24 Jul 2012 at 6:39 pm:
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    Saw this: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/07/some-prince-william-county-students-must-retake-standardized-tests-78125.html

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