When Poway Unified approved a contract with financial firm Dolinka Group in 2014, it did so with the understanding the deal would “not exceed” $625,000.
Halfway through the five-year deal, Dolinka Group has already made $1.27 million on the contract – double the amount publicly authorized by the school board.
The contract authorized Dolinka Group to provide consulting for Poway’s Mello-Roos Community Facility Districts – a special district created with property owner approval that lets Poway Unified collect money through an extra tax.
Poway staff now say the fee cap was actually an annual amount, so the board really approved a $3.1 million contract in February 2014.
That’s news to board member Kimberley Beatty, who recently asked staff to tally the payments made under the contract. The figure does not include separate payments to Dolinka for help completing bond sales.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Once again, KUDOS to VOSD and journalist Ashly McGlone for keeping the public informed of the behavior of the John Collins led Poway Unified School District (PUSD) at unacceptable expense to the parents and taxpayers. If it were not for this reporting, Collins and his supporters would quietly continue to waste taxpayer money on "sweetheart deals" to enrich his friends at OUR expense. This report illustrates one of MANY reasons why the PUSD Board should terminate the contract with John Collins and finally rid the district of the culture of devious, wasteful spending he has instilled. The Board, with efforts being led by Kimberley Beatty, is doing the right thing to review the contract with and payments to the Dolinka Group. It is good to read that board member TJ Zane is also in favor of doing what is right for the district on this issue.
To VOSD, this reader requests you continue your tireless efforts to keep the PUSD accountable so we can restore the district to one providing the best possible education for our children without lining the pockets of Collins friends and favored contractors like the Dolinka Group or attorney Dan Shinoff.
To other readers, please contact the board members, remind them they work for YOU and you WILL hold them accountable at election time. Tell them the antics and possible outright fraud perpetrated by John Collins is no longer acceptable. I especially encourage all readers to contact Kimberley Beatty and thank her for being a steadfast steward and representative of the taxpayers and let her know you will support her with your vote this November.
You are getting warmer . . . don't forget to investigate [outside] law firms hired by SD area school districts and how they are used to siphon taxpayer money out of the school districts.
@Cornelius Ogunsalu I challenge this news outlet to investigate the SDPD and City Council's award of a paltry $10,000.00 for something more consequential, sinister or ominous; namely, the suppression of SDSU Phase One of the Biased Policing a/k/a Racial Profiling report. (they believe that they have concealed it nicely with new packaging) This is something that these comedians have know about for weeks and have been silent about. Methinks that is because the victims are mostly Blacks and Hispanics.
Click that link on Poway's billion-dollar bond if you need a reason to laugh (or get angry) at the morons in charge! Could've borrowed that money from a payday loanshark and paid less interest! How are these people still drawing a paycheck? Utterly pathetic waste of taxpayers money. This is why our future is bleak
@johnny miles The good people of Poway voted for and elected the board members who allow all of this to continue. Seems like the blame needs to be placed squarely at the feet of the residents/voters of Poway who allowed this to happen through their inability to select folks who would not steal from them. The community needs to take some responsibility and not always seek to point the finger at others.
Board President Michelle O'Connor-Ratcliff made a campaign promise to discontinue using the services of anyone associated with the CAB and she has completely failed to uphold that promise. Her voting record and public comments make it crystal clear she has every intention of paying Mr. Dolinka and others who have already taken so much from PUSD and our community. Re-electing her would be nothing short of idiotic.