In the anti-climax of the year, D. C. Machen, Jr., the Assistant Superintendent of Administration, was selected to be the next superintendent of Bossier Parish schools. Machen was in charge of administration during the time that a handful of unsupervised maintenance employees managed to relief Bossier Parish Taxpayers of upwards of $1,000,000.
For a few days, I actually thought that the board might be grudgingly and belatedly listening to the people they represent.
I was wrong.
I was prepared to give Scott Smith or Debbie Hays an opportunity to turn the system around. Despite what I considered baggage, I believe either of them could have succeeded.
Machen has already proved himself. It's hard to turn it around when you're the one who drove it there.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE:
According to The Times:
"Asked of recent fraud committed against the system by employees and contractors, Machen said the individuals involved have been punished by the courts and it is time to move on."
The people who committed the crimes have been punished; the other people who were involved, those who should have been supervising the expenditure of funds, have been rewarded.
This is how the members voted:
For Debbie Deen Hays: Jack Raley, board president; Lindell Webb.
For D.C. Machen: Brad Bockhaus, Allison Brigham, Tammy Smith, Michael Mosura, Bill Kostelka, Julian Darby, Mack Knotts.
For W. Scott Smith: J.W. Slack, Kenneth Wiggins, Eddy Presley.
I can't leave it alone:
Video from Channel 3 shows Machen stating ""I will start off with my employees at the beginning of the school term, rebuilding their confidence that we have not lost confidence in them, what took place on the top of a building is not a reflection of what takes place inside that building."
That's like Obama saying that we should stop spending so much money. Machen was in charge of administration. He acts as if he was not there. Is he attempting to place all of the blame for the lack of oversight on Kruithof? Remember two things: Machen was forced on Kruithof in the first place, and Kruithof manned up and resigned, applying the 'buck stops here' rule.