Open Records Request for 2004 Compensation Study Delivers 9,731 Pages…The Truth is Missing

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Memorandum

To:          DeKalb Parents, Homeowners, Taxpayers & Voters

CC:         DeKalb County School Employees, Restore DeKalb, and all appropriate parties

From:     Viola Davis

Date:      11/5/2013

Re:         Open Records Request for 2004 Compensation Study Delivers 9,731 pages …The Truth is Missing

Open Records Request for 2004 Compensation Study Delivers 9,731 pages…The Truth is Missing

 

Restore DeKalb recently requested a copy of the 2004 Compensation Study due to the discovery of a letter written by Dr. Reanee Ivey Ellis to Walter Woods dated January 26, 2012.  After submitting our Open Records Request, we were given two discs with four different groups of files to include an estimate of over 100 PDF files located in each group.   Some of the files had no more than one page in the PDF file while other files had 23 pages that included several blank pages.

We went to Office Depot to copy the documents and learned that the study was broken down into over 400 files with over 9,731 pages.  Several of the PDF files had one page and/or several blank pages that caused increased cost to the organization.  The staff members at the Office Depot location worked hard to consolidate the PDF files into four groups.  This process took over one hour costing Restore DeKalb over $70.00.  The four groups are as follows:

  1. Folder 1 –  3,393 pages
  2. Folder 2 –  1,332 pages
  3. Folder 3 –    558  pages
  4. Folder 4 –  4,448 pages

(See Attachments at the end of memorandum)

Why did DeKalb County School District purposefully distort this report into 9,731 pages hidden in over 400 PDF files?  Why did DeKalb County School District include blank pages within the 9,731 pages which made it hard for our watchdog group to provide the parents, homeowners, teachers, taxpayers and voters information on the compensation study?  Why has DeKalb County School District (DCSD) continued to refuse to provide the final version of the 2004 Compensation Study?  What does DCSD have to hide?

Several Open Records Requests were submitted in the past for the 2004 Compensation Study and the school district stated that they were unable to locate the final report.  We have included links to articles that highlight the issue of the 2004 Compensation Study to include:

  1. Update on the missing $341,000 Ernst & Young Salary Audit by DeKalb School Watch blog, February 8, 2011:  http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2011/02/update-on-missing-340000-ernst-young.html

 

  1. DeKalb school audit found bloated salaries – then what? By Jim Wall.  “In 2004, the AJC reported consultants Ernst & Young had determined DeKalb was paying non-classroom workers $14.8 million more than they should each year…”  Read the rest of the article at : http://atlantaunfiltered.com/2011/02/07/dekalb-school-audit-found-bloated-salaries-then-what/

 

  1. Audit unearths DeKalb Schools bloat by Crossroads News, dated February 17, 2012:  http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2012/feb/17/audit-unearths-dekalb-schools-bloat/

 

 

However, the letter from Dr. Reanee Ivey Ellis documented a totally   different story.  She said the following in her letter:

  • “The DCSS and Ernst and Young teams did complete the project and ALL of the deliverables as outlined in the RFP were met and provided to the then-Superintendent and the then-Associate Superintendent for Human Resources”.
  • “I, Dr. Reanee Ivey Ellis, DO NOT agree that the study was not delivered at a level that was needed at the time.  As previously stated herein, ALL of the deliverables outlined in the relevant RFP were met”.
  • “It is widely known that I served as the project manager for the Comp & Class Study that you referenced in your comment.  It is also widely known that I was not a member of the “Family and Friends” program and greatly prided myself on not being a part of that group and on having impeccable integrity and ethics”.
  • 2004 Compensation Study Delivers 9,731 Pages…The Truth is Missing:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181519627/2004-Compensation-Study-Delivers-9-731-pages-The-Truth-is-Missing

 

This letter provides that the study was completed.  The taxpayers have paid over $516,000 to get at the “truth” to include:

  1. Dr. Johnny Brown and the Board of Education approved the 2004 Compensation Study by Ernst and Young at a cost of $341,000.
  2. Dr. Cheryl Atkinson and the Board of Education approved a new follow up study and audit of the central office jobs done by a Virginia-based company named Management Advisory Group at a cost of $175,420.
  3. The total cost for the DeKalb County parents, homeowners, and taxpayers was $516,420.

Why has the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) constantly refused to release this study after the citizens paid over a half million dollars?  Where is the accountability for our employees that work the front line, trying to provide a quality education for our children while going 5-8 years without a pay increase and/or cost of living increase throughout our school system?

Restore DeKalb is researching the following accusation involving the salary and compensation within our school system to include:

  • Has Human Resources ever approved paying a select group of employees two salaries for working two different job positions?
  • Has Human Resources paid a select group of employees from two different departments to increase the overall yearly salaries, while limiting the pay of the majority of our teachers, bus drivers, etc.
  • Is there a practice of “up coding” employees job positions to increase the amount of money the retirees receive from the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia?
  • Is it possible to retire with two job positions to increase the retirement received from the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia with the approval of DCSD Human Resources Department?

Restore DeKalb calls for a full forensic financial audit of DeKalb County School District dating back 10-20 years.  We also demand that the Office of Internal Affairs be investigated for purposely misleading the public.  We cannot afford the “truth” of the financial stability of our school system being kept away from the general public.

We call on every parent, homeowner, and taxpayers to join us in demanding a financial forensic audit by an outside reputable company.  It is time to hold our school system accountable.

 

Sincerely,

 

Viola Davis

Restore DeKalb

 

Attachments:

  1. 2004 Compensation Study Folder 1 – Document too large to upload to Internet.  We will provide document on request. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-9VHtGSci9bS2hyVUItUEd3eFU/edit?usp=sharing
  2. 2004 Compensation Study Folder 2:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181528503/2004-Compensation-Study-Folder-2
  3. 2004 Compensation Study Folder 3:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181528579/2004-Compensation-Study-Folder-3
  4. 2004 Compensation Study Folder 4 – Document too large to upload to Internet.  We will provide document on request.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-9VHtGSci9bZHJfcmJkUF9TQU0/edit?usp=sharing
  5. 2004 Compensation Study Delivers 9,731 Pages…The Truth is Missing:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181519627/2004-Compensation-Study-Delivers-9-731-pages-The-Truth-is-Missing
  6. Help Stop Retaliation Against DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Employees – Part II:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181226342/Help-Stop-Retaliation-Against-DeKalb-County-School-District-DCSD-Employees-Part-II
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