It's called DECEIT. It all started in July, 2014 when they hired Steve Klink (or perhaps before that but I am just not aware of). He was the outside consultant that was hired by Melin and the Board to push through the $109 million referendum.
BUT, his hiring was approved in a very deceitful manner. He was hired as part of the "Consent Agenda" --- which is the section of the Board agenda that includes things like approval of claims, travel, field trips and personnel. The Consent items are usually voted on collectively with no discussion as opposed to Action Items which are voted on individually.
Klink's hiring should have been an "Action Item", but it was slipped through as part of the Consent Agenda as "Personnel - Other - Communications Consultant". The only information given on the board documents was "The Superintendent recommends engaging the services of a Communications Consultant". "A Communications Consultant is needed to provide assistance for the promotion of future development efforts in Greater Clark".
There was NO contract attached to the Board Docs at the time of his hiring (they later posted it after they were called to task!). There was no discussion by any Board member. They just voted on the entire Consent Agenda collectively and it was done.
Later, it was discovered that they had hired Steve Klink -- a consultant from northern Indiana who assists school corporations in passing referenda. His contract was for $50,000 with a bonus if the referendum was successful. This should have been disclosed at the time it was voted on and it should have been an "Action Item" - NOT part of the Consent Agenda. But apparently they did not want the public to know what they were planning. Imagine that!
To make things worse, Klink's "contract" was said to "commence on July 9, 2014 and expire on May 15, 2015". To understand this, you need to know that once a school corporation votes to pursue a referendum, they CANNOT use any taxpayer dollars to promote it. The referendum was approved in May 2015!! Mr. Klink's work was supposedly over -- his job done. BUT --- he continued to work for the school district throughout the summer and up until the vote on the referendum in November 2015.
When the administration was questioned why Klink was working AFTER his contract had supposedly ended, their response was, "Mr. Klink now volunteers his time". Ha -- if anyone believes that, then you have really drank the Kool-Aid (or should I say "Melin-aid"!!)
And so, the deceit began ........and it has continued to this day. This Board should be ashamed. They should resign in disgrace (most of them) and Melin should step down.
There is no transparency and no integrity.
Edited by IntegrityMatters, 22 June 2017 - 08:20 AM.